The couple were sailing from Yemen to Oman on a trip around the world when gunmen seized their yacht. Evelyne Colombo told her rescuers that the assailants had dumped her husband Christian Colombo’s body in the sea after he was killed. File photograph: Google Street View

Seven Somali men accused of hijacking a French yacht in an assault in which its owner was killed and his wife abducted in the Arabian Sea four years a(...)

Charlie Hebdo’s editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, at the magazine’s offices in 2012. Photograph: EPA

The French satirical magazine - where a shooting today has left at least 12 people dead - has a history of causing controversy with cartoons of Islam’(...)

A fireman unfolds the wheelchair of former Rwandan army captain Pascal Simbikangwa before the start of his trial at a Paris court today. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

Twenty years after the Rwanda genocide, France opened its first trial against a suspected accomplice in the massacre that killed 800,000 people, accus(...)

French actor Gerard Depardieu was banned from driving for six months today, after he was found to be three times over the alcohol limit when he fell f(...)

IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives for the second day of a hearing by French magistrates in Paris into  her role in a €285 million arbitration agreement with a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters.

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde began testifying for a second day at a Paris court investigating her decision t(...)