Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson shared a plane home from Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Getty Images

For the passengers on flight AF1068, departing from Charles de Gaulle airport at 12.55pm, it was probably one of those occasions when Roy Keane mig(...)

French police are hunting Hayat Boumeddiene (L), the girlfriend of  Amedy Coulibaly (R) who was killed yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Paris Prefecture de Police  2:00

Hayat Boumeddiene (26), the suspected female accomplice of Islamists behind attacks in Paris, left France last week and travelled to Syria via Turkey,(...)

French police officers  in an industrial area northeast of Paris where the suspects in the  attack at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo  are reportedly holding a hostage. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

8.20am: Reports that shots have been fired in a car chase northeast of Paris.8.45am: French minister of the interior Bernard Cazeneuve confirms that a(...)

Éric Zemmour: the success of his book is widely interpreted as evidence that the National Front’s ideas have penetrated mainstream society. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

That the title of the bestselling book in France this autumn is The French Suicide speaks volumes about the mood in Paris.Each day, 5,000 people buy É(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: discussion of his much-feted €300bn investment plan likely to be deferred until December summit. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit. A discussion on the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2(...)

An employee of a factory tries on special Ebola gear in Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands. The WHO has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed.“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WH(...)

EU health commissioner Tonio Borg: EU would look into “conflicting reports” about whether screening in west African countries is good enough. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

In a bid to combat the spread of Ebola, EU health ministers have vowed to improve co-ordination between member states on passenger screenings at EU e(...)

In a word

It may seem odd on the second last day of the ninth month (which is really the seventh) to write about the fifth of the 10th month (though it’s really(...)

Charles de Gaulle with President Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in June 1969, shortly after the former had resigned as president of France. Researchers in Belfast and Lille have traced de Gaulle’s roots to Co Down. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Seán McCartan claims only the most tenuous blood tie to “the last great Frenchman”. His 17th century ancestor, Owen McCartan, was the brother of Gen C(...)

French World War two veteran Leon Gautier of the Kiieffer commando (left) and German veteran paratrooper Johannes Borner embrace as a sign of reconciliation during an international ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day on Sword Beach in Ouistreham, in Normandy, France, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

It was a day of conflicting emotions, when world leaders celebrated immutable bonds while struggling to overcome the tensions of the moment. In(...)