A Taliban fighter among shoppers in Kabul’s Mandawi market. The last time the Taliban were in power, they were armed with broken Kalashnikovs, says Kourosh. ‘Now they are armed to the teeth with American weapons.’ Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Western governments must ensure aid ‘reaches intended beneficiaries’, unlike previously

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi: His   killing has “struck a decisive blow against the command structure of Isis in the Sahel. The organisation has been decapitated,” says French defence minister Florence Parly.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Macron hails extrajudicial killing of Sahrawi in Africa as ‘major success’

Former French health minister Agnès Buzyn has been placed under formal investigation. Photograph: Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty Images

Agnès Buzyn and Alexandre Benalla’s legal woes come as president prepares for election

Women hug in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, on November 13th, 2016, the first anniversary of the massacre. Photograph: Thibault Camus/File/AP Photo

Twenty men to be tried, including five believed dead, for 2015 attacks that killed 130

Jean-Paul Belmondo, in 1974. Photograph:  AFP via Getty

President Macron pays tribute to ‘a national treasure’

Missing for years, treasure trove of French writer’s unpublished work will see light of day

French president Emmanuel Macron at Trinity College Dublin: Citizens “want us to change a system” that enables multinationals to avoid tax while small businesses have to pay. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

French president’s visit ends after positive talks that see agreement on Brexit and Afghan crisis

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking during a visit to Trinity College Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Pool/EPA

Irish officials contradict French president, saying French ‘were pushing us to sign’

French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Joyce, Brexit, Kabul and Sophie Toscan du Plantier among wide variety of topics

French president Emmanuel Macron exudes the sort of optimism long associated with US politicians. With a better speech writer, he might even impart some of that optimism to the French. Photograph: Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/AFP via Getty

President visits Dublin with reputation as champion of the rich and closet socialist

France’s president Emmanuel Macron attends a virtual G7 meeting on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/EPA

French president will also discuss Afghanistan, NI protocol and corporate tax with Taoiseach

Mark Williamson: ‘Because of global warming. There will be many places where you won’t be able to make wine any more’

Paris Letter: Mark Williamson’s love of novelty and world wines has ruffled feathers

In a televised address from his summer residence on the Côte d’Azur, French president Emmanuel Macron called for an international initiative to prevent Afghanistan ‘becoming again the sanctuary for terrorism that it was in the past’. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

French president promises to protect those ‘most threatened’ by Taliban insurgency

The 60-year-old French Catholic priest was found in his room in the monastery at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, western France. Photograph: Sebastien Salom-Gomis / AFP via Getty

Police in Vendée say man awaiting trial for Nantes cathedral fire confessed to murder

French police officers check customers’ health passes at a bar in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Law takes effect despite continuing protests but large number of exceptions to dilute impact

People drink outside in Paris in May 2020. If one discounts the Covid-19 pandemic, alcohol is the leading cause of hospitalisation in France and accounts for 41,000 deaths annually. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images

Chief lesson is that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, says report co-author

Frédéric Vitoux, a novelist and the author of dozens of books about literature, history and art, has presided over the language commission for the past five years. Photograph: Louis Monier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

Paris Letter: Where other countries import English words, France is determined to invent substitutes

 Emmanuel Macron: “The nation has a debt to French Polynesia. This debt is for having provided a place for these tests.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

Speech stops short of apology for 30 years of tests undertaken ‘because it was far away’

Emmanuel Merkel and Angela Merkel have been lucid about the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Macron set to become the uncontested leader of Europe with German chancellor’s exit

Posters in support of France’s far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour in a street of Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

Level of support for Éric Zemmour, who has three hate speech convictions, is disturbing

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to the French military forces at the Cercle National des Armées in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/EPA

French president makes it difficult to enjoy life for those without a Covid pass

Paul Signac, Sainte-Anne, Saint-Tropez, 1905

Paris Letter: The neo-impressionist’s parallel families make for a fascinating tale

French president Emmanuel Macron giving a televised address on Monday evening. “The more we vaccinate, the less space we leave to the virus to spread, the more we avoid hospitalisations and other mutations.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Macron says people will need Covid pass to gain access to restaurants and entertainment

Sean Scully: “I’m playing around with the idea, the mutation and repetition, and of course I’m making references to 19th-century painting.”

Irish abstract artist’s pandemic work goes on display in Paris with price tags close to €2m

French president Emmanuel Macron met France’s social partners at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday to discuss a possible relaunch of the aborted reform. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/POOL/AFP

President risks strikes if he pushes ahead or accusations of being a spendthrift if he stalls

French minister for European affairs Clément Beaune says a low corporate tax rate is no longer Ireland’s main economic tool or weapon. Photograph: John Thys / EPA

Beaune advises State not to be seen as ‘reluctant to accept fair taxation’ in an open letter

President Emmanuel Macron: Has lost the advantage of novelty in his re-election campaign. And this time there is a hard core of voters on the far left and far right who hate him viscerally. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Poor local election results may not mean much but the president’s party base remains weak

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, leave a polling booth equipped. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Conservative Les Républicains and Socialist parties retain control of regions across France

Robert Schuman served in many governments, as finance minister, justice minister and twice as prime minister. File photograph: Getty

In a profession in which men are more likely to sell their souls, Schuman seems the exception

Customers outside an Ikea store   in Saint-Herblain, outside Nantes. Photograph:  Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

French subsidiary of furniture giant collected data on police records and private finances

French president Emmanuel Macron, in a landmark sppech on Europe, said:  “One cannot benefit from European solidarity and play against the others”  Photograph: Christophe Simon / EPA

Trump tax initiative provided the template for latest reform proposal

French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday: ‘We carried this agenda. We fought for it.’ Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

International agreement to be endorsed by world leaders at G7 summit in Cornwall

Mali transitional president Col Assimi Goïta inspects a guard of honour after his swearing-in ceremony in Bamako, Mali, on Monday. Phptograph: Hadama Diakite/EPA

Assimi Goïta vows to uphold republican regime and democracy in Mali

Anne Sinclair and Dominique Strauss-Kahn leave Manhattan criminal court on June 6th, 2011, following the hearing on Strauss-Kahn’s sexual assault charges. Photograph: James Devaney/WireImage

A decade after the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, his former wife Anne Sinclair has published her memoir

EU states could secure between €50 billion and €200 billion in additional revenue under an international agreement on a minimum corporate tax rate, says a report released by the EU Tax Observatory.  Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

International minimum corporate tax rate is essential to financing Covid debt, says report

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian at Farmleigh House and Estate in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Brexit has caused division between Dublin and London, but it has brought Paris closer

President Michael D Higgins with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at Aras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwells

Renouncing principles would be ‘astonishing’ move by UK, says French foreign minister

A mural painting of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ajaccio. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP via Getty

Paris Letter: 200 years after his death, the emperor’s place in history is bitterly disputed

French president Emmanuel Macron: Polls indicate he  would win 54 per cent of the vote in a presidential run-off, against 46 per cent for Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Country ‘unravelling’ say generals in open letter as Macron looks to May 2022 election

French prime minister Jean Castex announcing the new Covid-19 restrictions.  “We’ve reached a sort of plateau,” he said. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

8pm-6am curfew to begin next Tuesday as coronavirus cases start to rise again

French prime minister Jean Castex said Islamist separatism ‘is all the more dangerous because it is the manifestation of a conscious, theorised, politico-religious plan whose ambition is to impose religious rules on common law’. Photograph: Charles Platiau/EPA/Pool Maxppp Out

Strengthening Republican Principles law ‘not a text against religions’, says PM

French president Emmanuel Macron  greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president takes conciliatory, pro-regime line at briefing with Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for a hearing of his trial on corruption charges at Paris courthouse. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty

Former French president, up on corruption charges, expects to be ‘cleansed of infamy’

Notre-Dame Cathedral burns on April 15, 2019. Photograph: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty

Mass will be said in Notre-Dame in April 2024, five years after it was all but destroyed

French president Emmanuel Macron promoted Clément Beaune to minister of state for European affairs in July. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Clément Beaune has affection for Ireland and our approach to European solidarity

A staff member at the port of Calais on Thursday, as French authorities make preparations ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Minister visits counterparts in France as EU-UK talks reach ‘very sensitive moment’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Irish fishing sector was worth €1.4 billion annually and supported 16,000 jobs,  Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Minister says he has total confidence in EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier

Michel Zecler talks to media outside the IGPN (France’s National Police General Inspectorate) as he arrives to press charges after he was repeatedly beaten by police. Photograph via AFP/Getty

French president summons senior officials after beating of black man triggers outrage

 French president Emmanuel Macron addressing the nation from the Elysee Palace in  Paris. Photograph: EPA/Caroline Blumberg

President says second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has peaked in France

 Police officers evacuate migrants from a makeshift camp on Place de la République in Paris on Monday night. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Place de la République camp dismantled as National Assembly passes ‘global security’ law

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has prospered in retirement. He sits on the boards of at least three major French companies. Photograph: Michel Euler

Former French president and two co-defendants face 10 years in jail and €1m fine

Detail from The Red Carpets (1906). Image copyright Succession H Matisse

The French master’s art is ‘just what we need in this anxious, dark time’

Lara Marlowe with Robert Fisk in Kuwait, near a burning oilfield, in February 1991

If he was controversial, it was because he refused to conform. Robert never followed the herd

A parishioner in front of the  Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice on Thursday after a man killed three people and wounded several others in a knife attack. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

French citizens abroad urged to step up security amid surge in Islamist violence

French police officers stand at a security perimeter following the  attack. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Macron condemns ‘Islamist terrorist attack’ on day of four knife attacks against French targets

 In French president Emmanuel Macron’s televised address to the nation, he said: ‘The virus is circulating in France at a speed that even the most pessimistic had not anticipated.’ Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/ AFP via Getty

France in national lockdown, and Germany shuts bars and restaurants as Covid cases surge

French president Emmanuel Macron is seen on a TV screen through of a restaurant, in Paris as he delivers an evening televised address to the nation. Photograph:  Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron hopeful restrictions can be lifted in time for Christmas

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A shoe print on a picture of President Emmanuel Macron  during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey,  against the  president’s comments on  Prophet Muhammad cartoons. Photograph: Getty Images

Turkish president tells Macron to ‘go have your mental health examined’

Policemen observe a minute’s   silence at  Bordeaux city hall in homage to history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded. Photograph:   Philippe Lopez/AFP

France begins crackdown against alleged Islamic radicals three days after beheading of teacher

A protester holds a copy of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo during an anti-terrorism vigil on Sunday at Place de La Republique in Paris for the murdered schoolteacher Samuel Paty. Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

Protests follow murder of teacher by 18-year-old unconnected to victim or school

People in Montpellier demonstrate against terrorism and pay respect to slain French teacher Samuel Paty. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo

Samuel Paty’s murder draws leaders of political parties to Paris’s Place de la République

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, speaks in front of a high school in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher was beheaded. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AP.

Knife-wielding suspect shot dead by police after pursuit following attack in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

Screens display French president Emmanuel Macron addressing the nation about coronavirus in Paris on Wednesday night. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

‘We do not understand the virus fully,’ says Macron as state of medical emergency reinstated

Christian Louboutin: “I had to go to pubs all over London searching for Guinness cans without green paint.”

The shoemaker to the rich and famous, finds inspiration in childhood, conversation and collecting

Eric Zemmour, who on September 29th – speaking about unaccompanied minors who have migrated to France  – said: ‘They are murderers. They are rapists. That is all they are. They have to be sent back.’ File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

A recent outburst by the right-wing commentator was shocking even by his standards

Restaurant owners bang ladles against saucepans  at a demonstration against restaurant and bar closures in Marseilles. Photograph: Daniel Cole

Toulouse and Montpellier poised for alert escalation as country seeks to limit infection

French president Emmanuel Macron: “We built our own separatism, that of our neighbourhoods, through the ghettoisation of our Republic.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin

‘Neutrality of public service’ and training of ‘citizens, not believers’ part of French plan

 French singer and actor Juliette Greco performs in Paris, in 1968. She was the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the link between often impenetrable intellectuals and popular song. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Paris Letter: Performer sang of her beloved city, of amour, rebellion and fleeting pleasures


A 1968 student-teacher scandal continues to resonate in France five decades on

The International Monetary Fund  estimates that €550bn in profits, more than a third of profits generated by foreign subsidiaries of multinationals, are transferred to tax havens annually

Ireland appears on lists of countries which French paper links to harmful tax competition

A Corner of the Table by Ignace Henri Fantin-Latour.  From left to right: Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Elzear Bonnier, Leon Valade, Emile Blemont, Jean Aicart, Ernest d’Hervilly, Camille Pelletan. Photograph: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images

Call for 19th-century poets who had tumultuous relationship to be reinterred in Paris

Marie says she awoke to see her partner above her telling her he would smash her ‘head in’

France sees spike in calls to domestic abuse helpline during Covid-19 lockdown

Conor McGregor was held for questioning and later released without charge. Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA Wire/File

Former UFC champion held overnight following complaint and later released

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and French president Emmanuel Macron meet on the sidelines of a summit of seven Mediterranean countries in Porticcio, Corsica on Thursday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

French president attends Med7 summit in Corsica as tensions in Mediterranean escalate

French journalist Fabrice Nicolino, who survived the Charlie Hebdo shooting, is seen at the Paris courthouse in Paris, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

Wounded survivors testify in Paris detailing massacre which killed 12 of their colleagues

Police officers stand guard outside a Paris courthouse where 14 suspected accomplices in the Charlie Hebdo killings are on trial. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

Court rows over Covid-19 rules jar with graphic images and high emotions amid trial

People commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence agents at the Turkish embassy in Istanbul. Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman has rejected any responsibility for the murder. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s riveting page-turner chillingly profiles Saudi’s MBS

French president Emmanuel Macron  elbow bumps after handing over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the republic at the Pantheon in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Julien De Rosa/AFP/Getty

President promises new law to tackle ‘separatism’

French prime minister Jean Castex  presenting the  France Relance crisis recovery plan for the economy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

The EU’s recovery fund will finance 40% of the ambitious French programme

French president Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi president Barham Salih  greet each other with elbow bumps after a press conference at the presidential palace in Baghdad on Wednesday. Photograph: Murtaja Lateef/EPA

French president has promised citizens their sovereignty, but can he do it alone?

 Hooded gunman Chérif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi aiming Kalashnikov rifles at a police officer before shooting him dead after their assault on  the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on January 7th, 2015, in Paris. File photograph: Jordi Mir/AFP/Getty

Trial of 14 alleged accomplices in 2015 attack on satirical weekly scheduled to last for 10 weeks

An  equestrian club in Les Yvelines, west of Paris. There have been attacks on  dozens of horses, ponies and a donkey in France this year, causing the death of about 15 animals and mutilating as many others. Photograph: AP Photo

The animals are of all ages, and range from ponies worth a few hundred euro to a racehorse valued at €200,000

French president Emmanuel Macron: This week’s  visit to Lebanon will be about “pressure and engagement”. Photograph:  Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency

Century after France created Lebanon, president intervention appears to bypass EU

French president Emmanuel Macron: “This virus continues to surprise us.” Photograph: Christian Hartmann/EPA

Record 7,379 new cases of Covid-19 reported in France

Beirut port after the huge explosion that  rocked the city. More than 180 people were killed and 6,000 injured. File photograph: EPA

Paris Letter: Echo has come to encapsulate sense of foreboding on return to Beirut

French president Emmanuel Macron said that while ‘we are living through a time of crises’, the Covid-19 trouble is chief among them. Photograph: Getty

Leaders project image of European unity in an increasingly troubled world beset by crises

Pedestrians wear face masks in a congested street market in Lourges. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty

Between a fifth and a quarter of infections are occurring in workplaces

An injured victim is rushed from the scene of the car bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in Beirut in 2005. Photograph: Rorbert Schiller/The New York Times

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Turkish and Russian armoured vehicles  on  joint patrol of the M4 Motorway on the western outskirts of the city of Saraqib  in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Photograph:  Russian Defence Ministry\TASS via Getty

Patrick Cockburn’s section summaries help a poorly edited book of reprinted articles

A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of the explosion at Beirut port. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Lebanese must vote for leaders on the basis of merit and probity, not religious affiliation

Postcard “rue Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise” covered with the painting Tree Roots (1890) by Van Gogh,  copyright Arthénon.

Linked to rue Daubigny in Auvers-sur-Oise, Tree Roots is last canvas the artist painted

‘I watched Spike agonise for 48 hours before his vet admitted the case was hopeless.’

Paris Letter: Ordinary grief, including pet grief, continues through the pandemic

Anne Soupa being interviewed on the porch of the Église de la Madeleine. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

A group of Catholic women is demanding an end to discrimination in the church

French president Emmanuel Macron gives the thumbs up at a round table meeting during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/AP

Principle of mutualised debt, not the amount, is thing ‘that mattered’ for France

French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer speaks in the National Assembly on July 16th, in Paris. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities among French students

 French president Emmanuel Macron greets Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven as he arrives for a meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Push needed to overcome opposition of ‘Frugal Four’

President Emmanuel Macron  during the Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

Macron asks all citizens to wear face masks and says country prepared for a second wave

The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (Portsmouth), 1876, Tate London

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