Prime minister Manuel Valls at the start of an extraordinary session on Syria on Tuesday: he said 1,880 French citizens or residents have joined IS. Photograph: Eric Feferbergeric/AFP

France alone will choose its targets in Syria, “but it is out of the question that our airstrikes help strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” pri(...)

Members of parliament applaud after the vote in the French National Assembly on Tuesday in favour of recognition of a Palestinian state. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French lawmakers have urged their government to recognise Palestine, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France’s diplomatic stance but d(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls addresses  the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/PA

Prime minister Manuel Valls survived a confidence vote in the National Assembly yesterday by 269 votes for his government, compared to 244 votes again(...)

France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at the Hotel Matignon offices to attend a meeting with ministers and members of parliament in Paris September yesterday. France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria last night, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence(...)