French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who preside the conference on the Israeli-Palestininian conflict in Paris on May 30th said: “The parties are further apart than ever.” Photograph:  John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

France will convene an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict attended by some 20 countries, though not by representatives from (...)

Former French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

French president François Hollande on Thursday appointed former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister and bro(...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius (bottom left) reacts as deputies applaud  at the National Assembly in Paris on Wednesday.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The National Assembly approved French president François Hollande’s constitutional revision on Wednesday by a vote of 317 deputies for, 199 against a(...)

 French journalist Jean-Philippe Remy  and British photojournalist Phil Moore: Le Monde has called for the immediate release of both journalists following their arrests on Thursday. Photograph: Charly Triballeau, Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Burundi police have arrested a British and a French journalist during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts of the capital, officials s(...)

Iran president Hassan Rouhani said he was looking to shore up economic ties with European Union countries, as he started a four-day trip to Italy and France. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

France will receive Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday and Thursday with all the pomp and ceremony of an official visit, including military(...)

UAE vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius during their meeting at his palace in Dubai on Monday. Photograph: Karim Sahib/Getty Images

The European Union will consider this week whether to follow Washington’s lead and impose sanctions on Iran as a response to the country’s ballistic m(...)

Amid the turbulence currently afflicting the Middle East and north Africa it is all too easy to overlook the continuing conflict between Israel and th(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius and French president François Hollande celebrate the adoption of a climate change deal in Paris. Photograph: Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

‘It always seems impossible until it is done.” Thus spoke French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, quoting another author of the impossible, Nelson Man(...)

Real turning points in human history are rare indeed, but it can already be said with some confidence that the Paris Agreement, adopted by acclamation(...)

US president Barack Obama makes a statement on the climate agreement in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 12th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has praised a new global deal to combat climate change adopted by nearly 200 nations. Speaking from Washington, Mr Obama s(...)