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(...)

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(...)

Belgian police and emergency personnel secure the Rue de la Loi following an explosion in Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The Irish Government is taking all “necessary steps” to counteract any potential terrorist attacks, the Minister for Justice has said following the Br(...)

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(...)

A soldier on guard  on the  Champs-Elysees in Paris, France,  December 30th, 2015, ahead of what will be subdued new year celebrations in the French capital. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Authorities in Paris, with an eye to security following the November attacks by armed militants, are shortening a new year video light spectacular at (...)

Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

Police and ambulance vans parked near the apartment being targeted by police in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terror atrocities was reportedly killed when police stormed a flat in the north of the city,(...)

French president François Hollande  and US secretary of state John Kerry at talks on Syria in the Élysée palace, Paris. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Even as Paris steps up its military intervention in Syria, French president François Hollande has launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at uniting int(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney attended a meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish officials have said that Irish neutrality will not be affected by the decision of France to invoke an EU mutual defence clause in the wake of th(...)

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks at a Nato defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 8th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, defence minister Jean-Y(...)