Dominique Strauss-Kahn: allegations concern fraud and misusing company assets in connection with the bankruptcy of his former Luxembourg investment company LSK. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, could stand trial yet again, this time for fraud and misuse of corpora(...)

“One must not write what is expected. It’s important for north African writers to show they have other things to say.” Leila Slimani, whose novel In the Garden of the Ogre has just won the Prix La Mamounia literary prize in Morocco. Photograph: C Hélie Gallimard

In the most shocking scene of Leila Slimani’s In the Garden of the Ogre, the main character, Adèle wakes up with her face in an ashtray, crawls on (...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls delivers a government statement on Greece at the National Assembly in Paris. France would do all it could to keep Greece in the euro zone, he said on Wednesday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

French prime minister Manuel Valls fervently opposes the expulsion of Greece from the euro zone and says that rescheduling or writing down Greek debt (...)

Jobseekers queue to enter an employment centre in Athens. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

In August last year French authorities began an investigation into possible negligence by Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fu(...)

Finance official Kevin Cardiff. Mr Cardiff has submitted a report to the Oireachtas banking inquiry containing his assessment of the events surrounding the bank guarantee and bailout. Photograph: Courtpix

Kevin Cardiff’s submission to the Oireachtas banking inquiry brings a new perspective to the turmoil which brought Ireland’s banks and then the State (...)

Former IMF director  Dominique Strauss-Kahnleaves his apartment in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn stood impassively as a judge announced his acquittal on charges of “aggravated pimping”. Strauss-Kahn’s only comment, mutter(...)

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been  acquitted of pimping charges. Photograph: Getty

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared of pimping charges in a French trial. The verdict closes four (...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell celebrates winning the Six Nations.  Photograph: Livepic/Reuters

Ireland were crowned Six Nations rugby champions on the pitch at Murrayfield on Saturday night, after a day of nerve-shredding drama in Edinburgh, Rom(...)

Co-editor of  ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Laurent Sourisseau, who was shot in the shoulder. Photograph: AFP Photo /Bertrand Guaybertrand Guay/Getty Images

Charlie Hebdo, the satirical weekly where 12 people were murdered, including a building worker and two policemen, in an attack by jihadists on January(...)