Former French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

French president François Hollande on Thursday appointed former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister and bro(...)

French police work in the wreckage of a school bus after it crashed into a truck killing at least six children, police said. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Six teenagers were killed and three others injured when their school bus was hit by a trailer lorry carrying rubble from a construction site in the Fr(...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius (bottom left) reacts as deputies applaud  at the National Assembly in Paris on Wednesday.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The National Assembly approved French president François Hollande’s constitutional revision on Wednesday by a vote of 317 deputies for, 199 against a(...)

Leading the way: BedZed, a zero-carbon-emission ecovillage in London. Photograph: Gamma-Rapho/Getty

As we digest the warnings and promises from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, there is one industry that is poised for major change in Irelan(...)

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the range of initiatives to combat climate change - from new technology, to conservations, to behaviour change - were brilliant but needed to be implemented swiftly. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images.

Many impressive responses to climate change have emerged in recent years but they need to be deployed immediately to avoid the rapid rise of world tem(...)

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, second from left, speaks to  US secretary of state John Kerry, right, at the UN climate change conference in Paris. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama has told crucial climate change talks in Paris the negotiations represent an act of defiance after the attacks in t(...)

TV weatherman Philippe Verdier was taken off air by the France 2 channel after writing a book in which  he pooh-poohed global warming and questioned the probity of the 830 scientists who comprise the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP

If you were the head of French state television and your leading weatherman started preaching climate skepticism in the run-up to the UN climate confe(...)

Volkswagen Group UK managing director Paul Willis addressing the British government’s Transport Select Committee hearing

Questions remain over tax implications from the Volkswagen emissions scandal as the German car giant’s cheating software looks set to result in a new(...)

 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(...)