French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault  delivers a speech next to labour minister Michel Sapin in Pantin, a Paris suburb, on Monday.   Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

A draft law on employment that reached the social affairs commission of the National Assembly yesterday represents a small cultural revolution in F(...)

A French soldier photographed in an armoured vehicle outside Gao, Mali, earlier this month. Militants say they killed their hostage Philippe Verdon in retaliation for the French intervention in Mali. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Al-Qaeda's wing in north Africa said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news a(...)

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at Dijon city hall on the three “blockages” that are crippling France. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer (Reuters)

Before he died on February 13th, Djamal Chaar wrote to a local newspaper in Nantes to complain he had been refused unemployment benefits to whi(...)

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a forceful strong line against any lifting of the Syrian arms embargo. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule (Reuters)

A demand by France and Britain to ease the Syria n arms embargo to provide weapons to the rebels ran into resistance at the su(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the summit was not a crisis meeting. Photograph:  Sang Tan/PA Wire

Eu ropean leaders gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit amid mounting disagreement between member states about the efficacy of the Euro(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the summit was not a crisis meeting. Photograph:  Sang Tan/PA Wire

Eu ropean leaders gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit amid mounting disagreement between member states about the efficacy of the Euro(...)

The snow-covered Place du Tertre, a square at the Butte Montmartre area in Paris yesterday as snow and freezing temperatures returned to northern France. Photograph: Reuters

Snow was expected to continue over France north of the Loire until the early hours of this morning, after the north and west of the country wer(...)

Stephane Hessel,  former French Resistance member, Nazi concentration camp survivor and post war diplomat

I had intended to write a column on the genius of France and the joys of being an American in Paris. Then my lifelong Francophilia was dented w(...)