Demy, centre, on the set of his 1982 film Une Chambre en Ville (A Room in Town), which is screening at Cork French Film Festival

The second World War has just ended. A 14-year-old boy in short trousers stares through a shop window at a Pathé Baby home-movie camera. (...)

Controversial Franco-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala holds a press conference at the Theatre de la Main d’Or in Paris last night.  Dieudonne addressed the media following court rulings which imposed a state-backed ban on his comedy act because of the show’s antisemitic content. Photograph: EPA

A French comedian said last night he had dropped a show banned for its anti-Semitic language, and was planning one that would cause no objections.On F(...)

 Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea: “It (Heineken Cup)    energises people, it gives us a variety to who we play, it gives supporters excitement.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea hopes a solution is found which will see English clubs participate in the Heineken Cup. The former Irish international s(...)

Pat Cox: said the values that Columban promoted were essential to the wellbeing and stability of contemporary European society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In AD 590, St Columban and his 12 companions sailed from Bangor, Co Down. During the next 20 years he established monasteries in eastern Gaul at Anneg(...)

Grape harvesting in the Vendée

It was easy enough to cycle out of Nantes, and within half an hour I was on a quiet country road, lined with trees and hedge. Coming around a slow ben(...)

Vélo city: summer fun on the Ile de Nantes, where Colm Keena’s mini-tour de France begins. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

This is no Tour de France or anything like it. I’ve hired a bike for 10 days and I’m heading from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire to the postcard-prett(...)

Firefighters working at the scene of the train derailment and subsequent fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, yesterday. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

The runaway fuel train that exploded in a deadly ball of flames in the centre of a small Quebec town had started rumbling down an empty track just min(...)

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at Dijon city hall on the three “blockages” that are crippling France. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer (Reuters)

Before he died on February 13th, Djamal Chaar wrote to a local newspaper in Nantes to complain he had been refused unemployment benefits to whi(...)

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