French Finance minister Michel Sapin arrives before a meeting with the Iranian president at the Elysee Palace. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/Getty Images

French growth slowed only slightly in the final quarter of 2015 despite the November attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, as a rebound in business (...)

A man reads a copy of Charlie Hebdo’s one-year anniversary edition near the makeshift memorial site on Place de la Republique in Paris on 6th January 2016. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine,after what president Francois Hollande has called “a terrible year”.(...)

Spanish incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference after the national executive meeting of the Popular Party in Madrid on December 21st, 2015. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday his centre-right People’s Party (PP) would talk to like-minded rivals in a bid to form a governmen(...)

France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen speaking in Lille on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Denis Charlet

France’s mainstream political parties were scrambling for a way to stop the rise of the far-right National Front (FN) yesterday after it took a histor(...)

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(...)