The lawyer for Julie Gayet (above) had been asking for €50,000 for his client whose life had been “turned upside down” by the publication. Photograph:  Ian Langsdon/EPA

A French court ordered Closer magazine yesterday to pay actor Julie Gayet €15,000 for publi(...)

French President François Hollande delivers a speech at the French Tech Hub in San Francisco, California, as part of his three-day state visit to the US. Photograph: EPA/Alain Jocard

Only the French could have an etiquette scandal. Let Americans get in a lather over peccadillos of state; the French are lamenting the state of(...)

François Hollande arrives at city hall in San Francisco yesterday.  Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

French president François Hollande sought to breathe life into France’s sluggish economy by wooing investment from the new media world on a whi(...)

 French president Francois Hollande  and US president Barack Obama  both smile during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president Barack Obama likened his country’s relations with Britain and France to his love for his two daughters saying that he couldn’t cho(...)

France’s former first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, sits a child in her lap as she talks to health workers and children during a visit to the Ekta Nagar slums in the Mandala area of Mumbai. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/Reuters

The former first lady of France, Valerie Trierweiler, said she felt as if she had plunged from a skyscraper when President François Hollande told her (...)

French president Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler. The president announced his separation from the first lady over the weekend. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Feferberg

When François Hollande telephoned the Agence France Presse on Saturday evening to announce the end of his nine-year relationship with Valérie Trierwei(...)

File photograph of Francois Hollande and  Valerie Trierweiler. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Files/Reuters

French president Francois Hollande has separated from his partner Valerie Trierweiler, according to a statement he delivered through the state-backed (...)

A file photograph of French first lady Valerie Trierweiler, as she attends the Bastille Day Military parade. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

France’s first lady has thanked her supporters after leaving hospital after a more than week-long stay following gossip magazine reports about an all(...)

File photograph of Francois Hollande,  and his companion Valerie Trierweiler. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Files/Reuters

French first lady Valerie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris today, a week after reports emerged that her partner, president Francois Hollande, was ha(...)

Old flame: François Hollande with Valérie Trierweiler. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

It wasn’t supposed to happen under a Hollande presidency. When Nicolas Sarkozy made photographers the eager witnesses of his love affair with Carla(...)