An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

French restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur award for his work as a French citizen in the fine dining industry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

French restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur award for his work as a French citizen in the fine dining industry. Restau(...)

France still has a mission to civilise the world, and is utterly convinced she is right

1. LIVE FOR BEAUTY With the possible exception of Italy, no other nation has such a highly developed sense of aesthetics. The creation of beauty(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

U2 perform in Vancouver at the beginning of their new world tour.

Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has said the band erred in giving away its last album to all iTunes subscribers whether they wanted it or not. Mr M(...)

Some key elements of the tax structures used by tech companies based here are in the sights of the OECD. In an update on its project to combat aggress(...)

A lawyer throws a civil code book as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new ‘loi Macron’ in Paris. The economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has made proposals that aim to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labour rules and regulations. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s “Law on Growth and Activity,” which was presented in cabinet on December 10th, deals with so many elements o(...)

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(...)