Andreas Lubitz: Prosecutors have declined to confirm or deny the pilot was in treatment for depression. Photograph: Getty Images

Düsseldorf prosecutors say Germanwings first officer Andreas Lubitz crashed flight 9525 in the French Alps on Tuesday after hiding an illness from his(...)

A screengrab taken from an AFP TV video  showing search and rescue personnel near scattered debris while making their way through the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps above the southeastern town of Seyne. Photograph: AFP 2:24

“The first message I sent when I reached the ground was that there are certainly no survivors,” said Dr Frédéric Petitjean. The rescue doctor, who (...)

The rector of the mosque of Bordeaux, Tareq Oubrou, looks on during a speech by the French interior minister in February. Getty Images

French authorities are counting on the country’s Muslim establishment to combat extremism in their community.In a speech to the National Assembly fol(...)

Members of the French community play Petanque at a club on in Netanya, Israel. French authorities estimate that as many as 150,000 French Jews live in Israel, and the number of new arrivals has been rising in recent years. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

It could almost pass for a seaside town in Brittany. A spring storm has brought hammering rain and gale force gusts of wind, leaving the normally bust(...)

French champion sailor Florence Arthaud in Paris, French Olympic gold medallist swimmer Camille Muffat, and French Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine died when two helicopters filming the survival series Dropped smashed into each other in the mountains of La Rioja province of Argentina. Photograph: Getty Images

France is grieving for three champion athletes and five cameramen and journalists who died when two helicopters collided in northwest Argentina durin(...)

European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis: confirmed Italy and Belgium would not be placed into ‘excessive deficit procedure’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France was given an extra two years to reach its budget deficit target by Brussels yesterday, as the European Commission published its assessments (...)

First Obama. Now Hollande. The temptation, when you are being thwarted by legislators, to rule by executive authority is catching. The Wall Street Jou(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls after delivering a speech before the vote of no confidence. The outcome shows that President François Hollande’s administration no longer commands a reliable majority. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government has survived a vote of no confidence, but has been weakened by the necessity of using an obscure constitutional instrument to p(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

French gendarmes at the desecrated Jewish cemetery of Sarre-Union in France. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty

France was still reeling at similarities between the attacks in Copenhagen and events in Paris last month when it was announced late on Sunday that a(...)