Venezuelan soldiers try to control the crowd queueing outside a supermarket while trying to buy staple items. An 80-year-old woman reportedly died in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidised goods. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and med(...)

French riot police stand on the side of the road to prevent migrants from approaching lorries on the road leading to the ferry port in Calais, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa live in makeshift encampments in Paris, Calais and elsewhere. The migrant crisis created tension(...)

French president François Hollande took the unusual step of referring the legislation to the constitutional council to ensure it would not be challenged as unlawful. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

France’s highest authority on constitutional matters has approved a controversial bill that gives the state sweeping new powers to spy on citizens. Th(...)

Pedro Sanchez, the Secretary-General of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Spain’s Socialist leader, Pedro Sanchez, has apologised after he accidentally voted for a law requiring girls under 18 to obtain parental consent for (...)

Flat business investment remains a drag on the improving economic outlook for the euro zone’s second-largest economy

French firms will benefit from bigger tax rebates on their investments as part of reforms announced on Wednesday to boost business activity.Flat busin(...)

France’s government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models. Above, Etam creations from Paris fashion week. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

France’s government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion hou(...)

Exxon Mobil:  will reduce its share buyback programme in the first quarter by more than half to $1bn. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Exxon Mobil’s quarterly profit fell 21 per cent as weak oil prices took a toll, but results topped Wall Street expectations due to tax benefits and a (...)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who starred as finance minister in a boom-time Socialist government in the late 1990s, faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to €1.5 million if convicted in the French trial.   Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him (...)

A demonstrator stands near fire in Toulouse during a protest against police brutality. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series(...)

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government expects growth of just 0.4 per cent this year

France’s economy is on course to grow 0.1 per cent in the final quarter of the year, led by modest gains in industrial and services activity, the cent(...)