Detail of Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photograph: JMN/Cover/Getty Images

France’s culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti, took an emphatically negative position yesterday in the growing controversy over whether Paris should l(...)

Georges Braque. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Was Picasso the misfortune of Braque?” asks Brigitte Leal, the commissioner of the splendid Georges Braque retrospective at the Grand Palais. Picasso(...)

Only 73 French people have been interred in the Pantheon in Paris, more than half by Napoleon. “Pantheonisation” is one of the last privileges left to a French president, but like everything else, it has turned into a dilemma for François Hollande. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It was a day devoted to the quest for heroes, in an age that no longer seems to produce them. Three former prime ministers, six of France’s leading hi(...)

The circumstances surrounding the death of Hisham Habbash remain unclear given the difficulties of obtaining reliable information from inside the country. His family, who live in Dublin, learned of his death on Friday through a post on Facebook.

A Libyan-born man who grew up in Ireland has been killed in Syria, bringing to four the number of people with Irish links who have died after joining (...)

The EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchov: “This is a very ugly war with the Syrian army killing in a very indiscriminate manner.”  Photograph:  Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

The flow of European citizens joining rebel forces in Syria has given fresh impetus to efforts to introduce legislation making it a criminal offence t(...)

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