Historic Catholic cathedral  Notre Dame de Paris: the controversy over using French churches as mosques is polarising politicians, intellectuals and media

The conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles blames Dalil Boubakeur, rector of Paris’s Grand Mosque and president of the French Council of Muslims, for t(...)

French president François Hollande (right) shakes hands with former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the Élysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

French president François Hollande appealed for national unity in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, and so far the politica(...)

Josephine  de Beauharnais: dsescribed by 19th century historian Frédéric Masson as a woman of easy virtue who spent a huge amount of money. Image: Musée du Luxembourg

“I awake filled with you. Your portrait and yesterday’s intoxicating evening left no repose for my senses. Gentle, incomparable Josephine, what(...)