An activist shouts slogans in front of French gendarmes during a demonstration in Paris yesterday against the labour law proposal. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The French National Assembly yesterday began a marathon debate on the El Khomri law, intended to reform France’s 3,589-page labour code. The law, nam(...)

French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

One year before the first round of the French presidential election, clear favourites have emerged from the ruling socialist and opposition Les Républ(...)

 French president François Hollande  visits a factory in Venette on Friday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

CRS riot police pushed back demonstrators outside the Musée de l’Homme, where President François Hollande engaged in what was widely billed as his “la(...)

Mick  Barry TD is confident the AAA-PBP has the power to nominate his replacement to Cork City Council, explaining the merged party has been recognised by the Register of the Dáil as being composed of both the AAA and the PBP.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Newly elected Cork North Central TD Mick Barry has expressed confidence the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit group will succeed in having (...)

Emmanuel Macron: Both “Libération” and “Le Figaro” devoted four pages to him in their Friday editions. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

“En Marche!” – “On the march!” or “Forward!” the French economy minister Emmanuel Macron baptised the political movement he launched in his home town (...)

Nicky Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the Sallins train robbery. a crime he had no part in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The celebrated civil rights lawyer Paul O’Dwyer had done everything he could to persuade a desperately homesick Nicky Kelly, who had been sentenced to(...)

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has chosen Fiona Ryan to replace newly elected Cork North Central TD Mick Barry on Cork City Council. Photograph: Facebook.

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has chosen its unsuccessful Cork South Central general election candidate to replace newly elected Cork North Central TD M(...)

Joe Higgins with AAA/People Before Profit TD Mick Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It may be Trotsky rather than Mao that inspires the AAA but when Cork left winger, Mick Barry takes his seat as a AAA/People Before Profit TD in Dáil (...)

Socialist members of the Spanish parliament applaud leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and candidate for prime minister Pedro Sanchez   in Madrid. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

After the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels ended last night, reporters asked Spanish acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy if he intended to contact Pedro(...)

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)