French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the United States, the turning point that defined George W Bush’s presidency is captured in a single famous photograph. Taken on the morning of Sep(...)

French president François Hollande reviews troops  in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides, Paris, yesterday. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

France’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to extend a state of emergency and to make it easier to place suspects under house arrest. By 551 vo(...)

Stade de France stadium: “The Euros will take place under maximum security,” the French sports minister said.  Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

French authorities are considering installing airport-style security scanners at all stadium turnstiles for the European Championships next summer. Th(...)

French secondary school teachers take part in a demonstration against  curriculum reforms in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat

Tens of thousands of French teachers marched in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse on Tuesday, demanding a repeal of the r(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: he said prime minister Manuel Valls comparison of  France to the former apartheid regime in South Africa was “a moral error”. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The “sacred union” forged by president François Hollande during three days of Islamist violence that killed 17 people this month has ended.Hollande te(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

Ushers carry a distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Kigali. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days. The killings were planned and methodical, carried out by neighbours, b(...)

Rwandan president Paul Kagame: pointed to ‘the direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation of the genocide, and the participation of the latter in its actual execution’. Photograph: Evan Schneider/UN via Getty Images)

France has reacted with fury to Rwandan president Paul Kagame’s renewed accusations of direct French involvement in the 1994 genocide, on the e(...)

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault came clean on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

For two weeks, French socialists had been rubbing their hands with glee. In the run-up to the first round of nationwide municipal elections on (...)

Europe’s far-right challenge
  • Europe
  • November 18, 2013, 01:00

When the French magazine Minute last week ran a front page depicting Guyanan-born justice minister Christiane Taubira with the caption “Clever as a mo(...)