A demonstrator stands near fire in Toulouse during a protest against police brutality. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series(...)

 French president Francois Hollande .  and actor  Julie Gayet: photographs of  them  seated together  at a table in the garden of the Élysée Palace last month have surfaced. Photographs:  Sean Gallup and  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Ever since the gossip magazine Closer broke the story of French president François Hollande’s secret love affair with actor Julie Gayet last January,(...)

French finance minister Michel Sapin. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

As he outlined the fiscal landscape in France, finance minister Michel Sapin’s tone was markedly more subdued than that of President François Hollan(...)

Champigny-sur-Marne, east of Paris, home of the mother of Michael Dos Santos, believed to be the second French jihadi involved in the killing of US hostage Peter Kassig and 18 Syrian pilots. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French intelligence sources yesterday confirmed that a second French citizen, Michael Dos Santos, participated in the decapitation of a US hostage an(...)

 Germany has narrowly avoided recession in the third quarter of the year. Photo: Bloomberg

Germany narrowly avoided recession in the third quarter of the year and France exceeded low expectations, putting the euro zone on course for anaemic (...)

François Fillon (centre), former French prime minister and current centre-right UMP political party deputy, attends the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

A pathetic political soap opera that began with a lunch between French president François Hollande’s chief of staff and the former prime minister Fran(...)

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government expects growth of just 0.4 per cent this year

France’s economy is on course to grow 0.1 per cent in the final quarter of the year, led by modest gains in industrial and services activity, the cent(...)

 Alain Juppé after an extraordinary meeting of the opposition UMP last year. The party’s nominee – likely Juppé, Nicolas Sarkozy or François Fillon – is almost certain to win the presidency in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

France’s main opposition party, the conservative UMP, is €74 million in debt. Investigating magistrates searched its offices on October 29th for evide(...)

A member of a local electoral commission takes part in the preparations for this weekend’s election, with stickers displaying symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

in Donetsk Ukraine’s leaders have made a breakthrough in talks to form a new coalition government and clinched a winter gas deal with Russia, as sep(...)

Anti-government protesters gather in the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, today. Photograph:  Joe Penney/Reuters

The head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces took power today after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his(...)