Turkish Kurds on the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, watch smoke rise following an air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani, where fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces intensified yesterday. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo

In a potent symbol of the West’s inability to halt the advance of Islamic State (IS), the extremist Sunni Muslims have raised their black flag over pa(...)

A poll published this month showed French support for EU membership has dropped 16 percentage points in a decade, from 67 per cent in 2004 to 51 per cent at present. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Disillusionment with Europe has grown across the EU but the phenomenon is particularly marked in France, which prides itself on being the cradle of th(...)

 Former foreign minister Hubert Védrine (right), seen with former ministers Mikulas Dzurinda of Slovakia and Boris Tarasyuk of Ukraine, says France has been unable to reform itself. Photograph: Tibor Illyes/EPA

Hubert Védrine has been an influential voice in France for more than three decades. He was a top aide to president François Mitterrand at the Élysée, (...)

The French flag flies along with the US flag and the flag of the District of Columbia in front of the White House in Washington ahead of the state visit of  French president François Hollande . Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama is known to dislike ceremony and protocol. In five years, he has held only six state dinners at the White House, a fraction (...)