Tanks of the Ukrainian armed forces make a crossing during a withdrawal near the village of Nyzhnje in Luhansk region this week. Photograph:  Reuters

The European Union and Russia welcomed a decision by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone local elections, which they had vowed(...)

A shirtless Xavier Broseta, an Air France executive, is evacuated by security after employees interrupted a meeting at the Air France headquarters on Monday.  Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The French political class and trade union movement have unanimously condemned the near lynching of two Air France executives on Monday. “I came to Ai(...)

The   Rembrandt wedding portraits jointly purchased by France and the Netherlands. Photograph: Rijksmuseum

The French and Dutch governments and two of Europe’s leading museums, the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, have come together to buy(...)

A car is stuck under a bridge during floods in Nice in the southeast of  France on October 3rd. Along the French Riviera, at least 17 have drowned. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

  At least 17 people drowned and four more were missing when torrential rains flooded the Côte d’Azur between Cannes and Nice overnight fr(...)

People look at the rubble and damaged cars in front of their house, in the aftermath of violent storms and floods in Biot, southeastern France, on Sunday. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images 1:19

Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home. Torrents of (...)

Stiff handshake: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/Reuters.

A long-scheduled summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Paris yesterday was intended to bring new dynamism to the peace proc(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a bilateral prior to a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin is meeting the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany on Friday in a revived European push to bring peace to eastern (...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)

A French fighter taking off from a base in the Gulf. France said has carried out its first air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria following nearly three weeks of surveillance flights. Photograph: AFP Photo

France said on Sunday it launched its first air strikes in Syria, destroying an Islamic State training camp in the east of the country to prevent the (...)

Ali al-Nimr’s father has appealed to the king for mercy after he lost his last high court appeal.  Photograph: Facebook

International indignation is spreading over the apparently imminent beheading of a Saudi who has been imprisoned since participating in anti-governmen(...)