French literary critic and author Frederic Beigbeder, one of the signatories of the petition. Photograph: François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

A group of French intellectuals have come under fire from feminists over a magazine petition in which several high-profile male journalists, commentat(...)

Former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to defend himself in a French court on aggravated pimping charges.  Photograph: Todd Heisler/AP

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the IMF who was forced to resign in 2011 after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault, wil(...)