The Place de la Republique is covered in hundreds of pairs of shoes as part of a symbolic and peaceful rally called by the NGO Avaaz “Paris sets off for climate” within the UN conference on climate change COP21. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Activists plan to join arms and form a “human chain” in Paris on Sunday to urge action on global warming. Paris is at the heart of world(...)

New air strikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa have killed at least eight people, including five children, according to opposition groups(...)

Security staff at work at the site of the COP21 climate summit at Le Bourget, near Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Security will be stepped up for the global climate summit in Paris, with civil and military forces deployed to guard the venue where 140 world leaders(...)

Christiana Figueres, Manuel Pulgar Vidal (centre) and Laurent Fabius: Recent reports published have driven home the gravity of the climate change situation. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Whatever suspense remained over the COP21 climate conference that will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th evaporated this week, w(...)

Stickers for the COP21, in Paris, ahead of the Climate Change Conference 2015. France will be hosting and presiding over the 21st Session of the conference. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Europe has to step up its effort to combat climate change and wake up to the urgency of the situation, climate change expert Nicholas Stern has said b(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

France’s president François Hollande and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Monday. Photograph: Jason Lee/EPA

A joint statement on climate change signed by France’s president François Hollande and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week has been hailed as(...)

TV weatherman Philippe Verdier was taken off air by the France 2 channel after writing a book in which  he pooh-poohed global warming and questioned the probity of the 830 scientists who comprise the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP

If you were the head of French state television and your leading weatherman started preaching climate skepticism in the run-up to the UN climate confe(...)

Laurent Fabius during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Bonn, Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The 21st United Nations Conference of Parties on climate change, known as COP21, will begin one month from today. As president of the conference, Fran(...)

A French fighter taking off from a base in the Gulf. France said has carried out its first air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria following nearly three weeks of surveillance flights. Photograph: AFP Photo

France said on Sunday it launched its first air strikes in Syria, destroying an Islamic State training camp in the east of the country to prevent the (...)