French prime minister Manuel Valls at a migrants’ reception centre in Calais: a visit to “the jungle” was too great a security risk. Photograph: Denis Charlet/EPA

It was all they would see of “the jungle”: black faces lined up along the road as the prime minister’s motorcade sped by, the chaotic jumble of shacks(...)

A lorry passes through UK Border Control at the Eurotunnel site in Calais. Ferry services have reopened following a fresh blockade at the port. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Thousands of people have been stuck in their cars or on ferries after a fresh blockade of the Port of Calais by striking workers. Cross-channel ferry (...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: “Migrants must be treated with dignity, lodged and cared for. Our duty is to find long-term solutions”. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Prime minister Manuel Valls made the most fervent official French plea to date on behalf of migrants who are “fleeing war, persecution, torture and op(...)

French president François Hollande took the unusual step of referring the legislation to the constitutional council to ensure it would not be challenged as unlawful. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

France’s highest authority on constitutional matters has approved a controversial bill that gives the state sweeping new powers to spy on citizens. Th(...)

‘Flamby’ no more: France’s president, Francois Hollande,  in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langdson/EPA

France’s president, François Hollande, is not in the habit of bragging, but he’s likely to be unusually cheerful in his annual televised interview mar(...)

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(...)

A street vendor prepares corn for sale during a pro-European Union demonstration in front of the Greek parliament in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images 1:54

Proposals from Greece to explain how it will meet conditions for a new international bailout loan were received on Thursday by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, wh(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls delivers a government statement on Greece at the National Assembly in Paris. France would do all it could to keep Greece in the euro zone, he said on Wednesday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

French prime minister Manuel Valls fervently opposes the expulsion of Greece from the euro zone and says that rescheduling or writing down Greek debt (...)

 Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras talks with  president  Prokopis Pavlopoulos in the Presidential Hall in Athens. Photograph: Fotis Plegas G/EPA.

Greece must submit detailed reform proposals to creditors by midnight on Thursday or risk expulsion from the euro zone, officials have said, as the co(...)

A referendum campaign poster that reads ‘Yes (Nai)’ is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads ‘No (Oxi)’ painted on it in Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Supporters of Greece’s bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the ‘No’ vote backed by the leftist government, 48 hours before a referendum(...)