France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, who will  defend the new labour law  in the National Assembly in April and in the Senate in May. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The draft law on reforming the French labour code, which was presented to the Council of State this week, is the most courageous reform attempted by (...)

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(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, COP21 president Laurent Fabius and François Hollande after the climate change accord was adopted in Paris. Photograph: François Mori/AP Photo

Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister and president of the COP21 UN climate conference, announced that an accord had been reached at 4.30am Saturd(...)

Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva  shakes hands with  Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins at Belem presidential palace in Lisbon, Portugal,  December 9th, 2015, on the first day of the latter’s three-day official visit to Portugal. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is in danger of neglecting the principle of social cohesion enshrined in its treaties, President Michael D Higgins has said, descri(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls addresses parliament in Paris. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

EU states will move today to strengthen controls at the EU’s external borders and enhance monitoring of people’s movement within the bloc after it was(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday about the migration crisis. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Yesterday’s debate in the National Assembly regarding Europe’s migration crisis was surprisingly tepid, considering that immigration is the most explo(...)

Prime minister Manuel Valls at the start of an extraordinary session on Syria on Tuesday: he said 1,880 French citizens or residents have joined IS. Photograph: Eric Feferbergeric/AFP

France alone will choose its targets in Syria, “but it is out of the question that our airstrikes help strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” pri(...)

Protesters gather at the main square in Chisinau yesterday: about 15,000 people were believed to have joined the demonstration demanding the  dismissal of several public servants, the president, speaker and prime minister and the return of stolen money from banks. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Several protesters have been detained after tens of thousands in Moldova took to the streets of the capital to demand the dissolution of the new gover(...)

‘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(...)