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(...)

An Iranian security guard stands as US secretary of state John Kerry meets the Iranian delegation including foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna where the  nuclear talks meetings are being held. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks yesterday as foreign ministers flew in to lend heft to negotiations that foc(...)

French President François Hollande meets with parliamentarians at the Elysée Palace in Paris after revelations of US spying on French presidents. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

French politicians yesterday vied to see who could make the most morally outraged statements about past spying by the US National Security Agency on F(...)

The idea that the international community could help concentrate minds in Israel/Palestine by proposing its own outline framework and timeframe for a (...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, welcomes David Cameron, British prime minister, ahead of a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin  on Friday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Friday to work with David Cameron to clinch a deal on reforming the European Union that would keep Britain(...)

 British prime minster David Cameron is welcomed by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Catshuis residence  in The Hague. The meeting with Mr Rutte, an ally, was expected to go smoothly. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron began his tour of Europe in The Hague and Paris on Thursday. He intends to visit all 27 capitals before the June (...)

Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag which they pulled down in Nibai, in Anbar province, today. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s Shia paramilitaries say they have taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operati(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: government has a majority of only one in the 120-member Knesset. Photograph: Gali Tibbongali/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s new government was sworn in last night but only after a two-hour delay in the Knesset vote as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu scrambled t(...)

France, which is struggling to revive its economy, is the most visited country in the world, according to the latest UN figures, and is seeing an increasing number of tourists from China

China’s Tiens Group has treated more than half of its 12,000 employees to a four-day holiday in Francem booking up 140 hotels in the capital Paris as (...)