Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

President Higgins with his wife Sabina on an official visit to Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France, and to First World War commemorations in Liege and Mons, Belgium. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

President Michael D Higgins arrived in Lorient in Brittany yesterday as guest of honour at the Festival Interceltique’s “Year of Ireland”. Culture Ir(...)

French soldiers in Mali. Paris had hoped to move the force to target Islamist groups operating between southern Libya, northern Chad and northern Niger.  Photograph: AP

France has delayed plans to redeploy 3,000 soldiers to fight militants across Africa’s Sahel region, saying it first needs to help deal with a fresh o(...)

People gather to greet France’s president Francois Hollande in Timbuktu on February 2nd, 2013, afer French forces had retaken the desert city from Islamist rebels. France is to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist militancy. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

A French soldier has been killed in northern Mali as France prepares to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist mil(...)

French peacekeeping soldiers leave their base in Mpoko international airport in Bangui last December. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

The road from Bangui to Brussels goes through Paris, literally and figuratively. Catherine Samba Panza, the interim president of the Central A(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel with French president François Hollande as she leaves the Élysée Palace.  Photograph: Reuters

After stagnating for the first 18 months of François Hollande’s presidency, Franco-German relations seemed to blossom at the annual Franco-Germ(...)

A French soldier talks to locals during operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph:  EPA/Denniel Melaine/ECPAD handout

Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the capital of the Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande’s office announced today.Th(...)

Seleka fighter Cisco gestures outside a mosque where bodies of people killed during fighting are gathered in Bangui, Central African Republic, today. Rival militia forces fought fierce battles in Central African Republic’s capital yesterday and the UN authorised French military action to halt Muslim-Christian sectarian violence that threatens to escalate into widespread civilian massacres. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

France rushed troops to Central African Republic today, its second major African intervention in a year, to stem Muslim-Christian violence that has(...)

A Roma child looks at French police standing guard as Roma families are evicted from an illegal camp near the Var river in Nice, southeastern France. There are only 20,000 Roma in France but they are highly visible in shanty towns around Paris, Lille and Lyon. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French officials discreetly applauded the British prime minister David Cameron’s proposals this week to restrict immigration from poor EU countries. I(...)