French firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire that destroyed part of the Saint Donatien basilica in Nantes, France. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

A fire has ravaged a 19th-century basilica in the western French city of Nantes. The blaze started at the close of morning Mass, leaving just a charr(...)

People hold aloft  a poster translating as “Quick: more democracy everywhere against barbarism” take part in a solidarity rally  (Marche Republicaine) in  Paris on January 11th, 2015. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters 2:00

More than a million people have converged on central Paris for a “national unity” rally in solidarity with the victims of the week’s attacks and in su(...)

French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the ‘Vigipirate’ security plan. Photograoh: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

After a string of attacks across France that have reinforced concerns about Islamic militancy, prime minister Manuel Valls acknowledged that the Fr(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls said that between 200 and 300 more military personnel would be deployed, in addition to 780 already on the streets as part of routine year-end precautions. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

After a string of attacks across France that have heightened concerns about Islamic militancy, prime minister Manuel Valls has ordered hundreds of add(...)

Police and rescue crews are seen near a Christmas market where a man drove a small van into a crowd, injuring ten people,  in Nantes. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters.

A man driving a van ploughed into a crowd strolling through a Christmas market in Nantes in western France on Monday evening, injuring 10 people. (...)

A demonstrator stands near fire in Toulouse during a protest against police brutality. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series(...)

Crowds watch as performers from the French arts group Royal de Luxe take to the streets of Limerick with their Giant Grandmother parade as part of this years city of culture celebrations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire. 1:59

A 25-foot Giant Grandmother moved much more than traffic when she finally arrived in Limerick for her highly anticipated three day visit.A sea of smil(...)

Some puppet: the Little Giant Girl in Liverpool. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

An old woman dozes in the hot morning sun, her chest rising and dipping to the rumble of a snore that reverberates through the concourse of St George’(...)

Ireland: Magheramore,  Co Wicklow: €600,000, Harrington Property

Harrington Property is seeking €600,000 for Jaspers, Magheramore, Co Wicklow, a detached house on about two acres. France Pays De La Loire (...)

Customers using the Luas yesterday on the 10th anniversary of its launch, alight at the St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Bringing back the trams was the trendy thing to do in the early 1990s. New tramways were already running in the French cities of Grenoble, Nantes and (...)