Marine Le Pen spoke about freedom recently while calling for restrictions on religious freedom. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty

We all like to link we’re politically savvy and can spot propaganda a mile off. But are we just intercepting the obvious stuff – patriotic flag-wav(...)

Francois Hollande: his party’s control of the national assembly was weakened by the defection last month of one of its deputies to the far left

President François Hollande’s ruling Socialists won a hotly contested parliamentary byelection in eastern France yesterday, narrowly beating a Nationa(...)

French president François  Hollande:    invited Alexis Tsipras to visit Paris soon and promised “that France will be beside Greece in this important period for its future”.  Ian Langsdon/Reuters

The victory of the far-left Syriza in Greece is seen in France as an opportunity for President François Hollande to play a more important role in Euro(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: he said prime minister Manuel Valls comparison of  France to the former apartheid regime in South Africa was “a moral error”. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The “sacred union” forged by president François Hollande during three days of Islamist violence that killed 17 people this month has ended.Hollande te(...)

 After the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for next year, the opening day in Davos was dominated by discussion of the economy. Photograph: Bloomberg

The focus turned to the snowy Alpine resort of Davos this week as leading political and business figures gathered for the opening of the World Economi(...)

Marine Le Pen mocked the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius for avoiding the word “Islamist” and for referring to Islamic State by their Arabic name, Daesh. Photograph: Yoan Valat

After remaining mostly quiet following the attacks of January 7th-9th, National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has blamed the atrocities on long- sta(...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)

French president Francois Hollande (centre) with heads of state at the solidarity march in Paris last Sunday against terrorism. Photograph: EPA/Philippe Wojazer

Last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris cast a dark shadow over the start of the new term in Brussels and Strasbourg, as Europe responded to the horrif(...)

Click below to see the full centrespread of Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo 2:15

Click here to download the centrespread of today’s Charlie Hebdo, published one week after the terrorist attack on the the magazine and its staff. (...)

Hostages (including a baby) hide inside one of the food freezer during the Hyper Cacher supermarket in the Porte de Vincennes area of Paris

The unity march that brought an estimated 3.7 million people on to the streets of France transformed one of the most traumatic and horrific sequences (...)