Darroze (48), is the reigning “World’s Best Woman Chef”, having picked up her trophy from British magazine Restaurant at its “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” ceremony

The world’s best female chef receives me in the tiny, cupboard-like office from which she surveys the kitchen of “Hélène Darroze,” the Paris restaura(...)

Clerys: liquidated last June.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cheyne Capital, the London hedge fund that gave the developer Deirdre Foley the financial welly for her €29 million Natrium buyout of Clerys, has chan(...)

A man reads a copy of Charlie Hebdo’s one-year anniversary edition near the makeshift memorial site on Place de la Republique in Paris on 6th January 2016. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine,after what president Francois Hollande has called “a terrible year”.(...)

French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the United States, the turning point that defined George W Bush’s presidency is captured in a single famous photograph. Taken on the morning of Sep(...)

Models present creations for Alexander McQueen during the 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

The femininity coming through in the Paris shows was nowhere more evident that at the McQueen collection staged in the elite Lycee Carnot in Paris whe(...)

In this 2010 file photo, Syria president Bashar al-Assad addresses reporters following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

Over the past two years, Bashar al-Assad has lost control of two-thirds of Syria. Last spring, Islamists took over most of the northwestern province o(...)

The former French interior minister Charles Pasqua, who has died aged 88, was a totem of the French right, influential in shaping its hardline policie(...)

France still has a mission to civilise the world, and is utterly convinced she is right

1. LIVE FOR BEAUTY With the possible exception of Italy, no other nation has such a highly developed sense of aesthetics. The creation of beauty(...)

French President François Hollande meets with parliamentarians at the Elysée Palace in Paris after revelations of US spying on French presidents. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

French politicians yesterday vied to see who could make the most morally outraged statements about past spying by the US National Security Agency on F(...)

French Senate president Gerard Larcher (left), French president Francois Hollande (centre) and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (right) attend a meeting the day after WikiLeaks revelations of US spying on French presidents, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France summoned the US ambassador on Wednesday to explain allegations by transparency lobby group WikiLeaks of what president Francois Hollande brande(...)