French president Francois Hollande visits the French industrial group DCNS headquarters in Paris, yesterday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

President Francois Hollande seemed to bubble with happiness when he congratulated the staff of the French naval group DCNS on winning the “contract o(...)

Anti-nuclear activists   on the “Europe” bridge between Kehl, southwestern Germany, and Strasbourg, eastern France, remember the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden alerted the French government to the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl two days after it occurred. The priority of French authorities was to preven(...)

 Leonardo DiCaprio is applauded by François Hollande and Ban Ki-moon at the UN. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Representatives from 175 of the 196 countries that concluded the Paris agreement to fight climate change last December gathered at UN headquarters in(...)

French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

One year before the first round of the French presidential election, clear favourites have emerged from the ruling socialist and opposition Les Républ(...)

 French president François Hollande  visits a factory in Venette on Friday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

CRS riot police pushed back demonstrators outside the Musée de l’Homme, where President François Hollande engaged in what was widely billed as his “la(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

Emmanuel Macron: Both “Libération” and “Le Figaro” devoted four pages to him in their Friday editions. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

“En Marche!” – “On the march!” or “Forward!” the French economy minister Emmanuel Macron baptised the political movement he launched in his home town (...)

Activists swim as they try to interfere the deportation of  migrants on board a ferry set to sail for Turkey in the port of Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Petros Giannakouris/AP

Two boats carrying more than 120 migrants arrived in Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, in the second round of deportations under the E(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: Dutch voters rejected the trade deal by almost two to one. in Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has pledged to continue its engagement with Ukraine, despite the decisive rejection of an EU-Ukraine association agreement by Dutch(...)

Alastair Campbell: “I’m making a guess here but most of the Irish business community are probably for Britain staying in.” Photograph: Getty Images

Voters in Britain are not seized of the implications for Ireland of the looming Brexit referendum on EU membership, former British government spokesma(...)