People gather in Paris last Sunday at the start of the “Manif pour tous” protest against France’s legalisation of same-sex marriage and to show their support of traditional family values. The sign protests at tax increases. Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

An eclectic assortment of extreme right-wing groups, French Catholics and Muslims has shifted the focus of opposition to President François Hollande f(...)

France has decided to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service.

France has decided to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring relig(...)

Pierre-Louis and Sabine de La Rochefoucauld, Duke and Duchess d’Estissac, with an ancestor. “Throughout Europe there are families like ours. I especially admire the Habsburgs. They’re the most fervent, almost mystics.” Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Because he was grand master of the royal wardrobe, the presence of François Alexandre Frédéric de La Rochefoucauld was required when Louis XVI dressed(...)