French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who preside the conference on the Israeli-Palestininian conflict in Paris on May 30th said: “The parties are further apart than ever.” Photograph:  John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

France will convene an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict attended by some 20 countries, though not by representatives from (...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (centre right) tours a naval base with Libya’s prime minister-designate Fayez Sarraj (centre left) during his visit to Tripoli on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday considered expanding the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean into Libyan waters amid concerns(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the pause in the fighting was largely holding, despite some incidents that he hoped would be contained. Photograph: Sandro Campardo/EPA

A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said yesterday the first major attempt to halt the fighting after nearly five years of war was in(...)

Former French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

French president François Hollande on Thursday appointed former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister and bro(...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius (bottom left) reacts as deputies applaud  at the National Assembly in Paris on Wednesday.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The National Assembly approved French president François Hollande’s constitutional revision on Wednesday by a vote of 317 deputies for, 199 against a(...)

French president Francois Hollande watches as prime minister Manuel Valls leaves after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

By dissolving his government yesterday, for the second time, French president François Hollande salvaged his authority and cut short criticism of his (...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls delivers his address on policy to the Assemblee Nationale in Paris yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Manuel Valls had to shout to be heard above the booing and heckling from opposition benches, which continued throughout the new French prime mi(...)

Manuel Valls (51) has been compared with “New Labour” former British premier Tony Blair both for his pro-business ideas and his dashing style.  Photograph: Reuters

French president François Hollande chose centrist interior minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister yesterday, a coalition source said, (...)

A French citizen casts his ballot at a polling station in Nice during the French mayoral elections today. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters.

French president Francois Hollande’s Socialists braced for losses in hundreds of towns and villages in mayoral elections today, with far-right(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: “Who could have imagined that, in 2014 in France, the right to privacy would be violated by telephone taps?” Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday retaliated against magistrates who are inve(...)