2015 shows coal stockpiled at the coal port of Newcastle in Australia’s New South Wales state.

Rich nations are stubbornly divided ahead of talks in Paris on Thursday to seek a deal to phase out coal subsidies in a foretaste of the difficulty of(...)

Twenty-three years after she represented France at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Ségolène Royal is again France’s environment minister. Rio est(...)

French ecology minister Segolene Royal: recently accompanied François Hollande on a five-day official trip to the Caribbean. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images

In chronological order, there was Ségolène, then Valérie and finally Julie. As in the days of the ancien regime, most French people would recognise th(...)

The Nissan Leaf at a recharging station: the car will be available to buyers in France for €14,390 from April as a result of a new swappage scheme

Europe’s appetite for electrically powered cars surged by 37 per cent last year, but still made up just more than half a per cent of the continent’s n(...)

The daughter of Phillipe Braham, one of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris last week mourns during their funeral service in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Jim Hollander/AFP/Getty Images

Benjamin Blum enters the security code at the entrance to the synagogue on rue Pavée, allowing nine soldiers with automatic weapons to make their w(...)

The mother  and sisterof Yoav Hattab, killed in an attack on a Paris grocery on Friday, mourn beside a symbolic coffin during a procession in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv. Photograph: Nir Kafri/Reuters

Thousands of Israelis, including many new immigrants from France, turned out for the funeral in Jerusalem of the four Paris-based Jews killed in Fr(...)

A salvage worker (left) washes the front deck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship today  during its refloating operation at Giglio harbour. The  hulk  is nearly ready to be towed away from the Italian island where it struck a rock and capsized two-and-a-half years ago, killing 32 people. Photograph: Reuters

“This time tomorrow for sure, we’ll be ready to go...We had a bit of a rough night (bad weather) but we’re still there, the ship is higher in the wate(...)

A view of the  works to refloat the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy. The Concordia’s eagerly awaited departure from Giglio now seems set for Tuesday rather than tomorrow.  Photograph: Claudio Giovanni/EPA 1:22

For a man with a serious weight of responsibility sitting on his shoulders, Dutch tug captain, Hans Bosch, sounded very confident at a press conferenc(...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party head, reacts to results after the polls closed in the European Parliament elections at the party’s headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters 1:19

The extreme right-wing, europhobic National Front (FN) won the European elections in France with an estimated 25.4 per cent of the vote, according to (...)

A friend worked for a brief stint in a Dublin firm for a man he described as like ‘a cross between Fran from Love/Hate and David Brent’

Bof. That’s a big, Gallic shrug in response to reports that French ecology minister Ségolène Royal is a tough boss. If recent leaks are t(...)