Lara Marlowe outside her local Metro station in the 7th arrondissement

My first Paris home was a chambre de bonne which the Sorbonne housing office found for me on the sixth floor of a Haussmanian apartment building in(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)

Whether it’s Miami, the Med or, eh, the banks of the Spree, what books should you pack to read your way into the heart of  your destination?

United States Stoner, John Williams (1965) Reissued in 2003 with an introduction from John McGahern, this forgotten classic relates the exp(...)

April 1874. Crowds gather outside Nadar’s studio in the Boulevard des Capucines, lent by the photographer for the first Impressionist exhibitio(...)

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(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Soup kitchen: Soupe Populaire, in Paris. Photograph: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty
In the soup

Austerity has barely grazed the French, because the socialist government has refused to decrease welfare or unemployment benefits. The number of poor (...)

Raising taxes: President François Hollande. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Of the many insults levelled at France’s tax-and-spend policies, it is the cruellest. The phrase “sick man at the heart of Europe” was coined for the (...)

THE Irish Times has received 29 nominations for the National Newspapers of Ireland Awards for 2013, more than any other newspaper. The newspaper domin(...)

‘There’s been an acknowledgement that the Celtic Tiger years went too far’: the outgoing French ambassador to Ireland, Emmanuelle d’Achon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Not goodbye, but au revoir

Ambassador Emmanuelle d’Achon will return to Paris today, leaving France’s historic friendship with Ireland even warmer and deeper for the care she la(...)