French-Polish director Roman Polanski: photographer Valentine Monnier has alleged in an interview with Le Parisien that he beat her up and raped her  in 1975. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP

French cinema body suspends director in culture that turns blind eye to abuse in arts

Empty Pernod Pastis bottles: Le Parisien newspaper published a two-page investigative report on revelations by three of Pernod Ricard’s 650-strong sales force in France. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former manager at French drinks giant files labour court complaint over alleged practices

French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye speaks during a session of questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images

Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye on her president’s controversial agenda

Defiant yellow-vest protesters gather in central Paris to mark the one-year anniversary of the movement. Photograph: EPA

Only 28,000 protesters take to streets in rolling campaign against low pay and poverty

French president Emmanuel Macron told the Economist that “we are currently experiencing . . . the brain death of Nato” and Europe “must regain military sovereignty”. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The French believe European defence is an idea whose time has come

Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron attend a meeting at Fort Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, in August. Photograph:  Sputnik/Sergei Guneevn/Kremlin via Reuters

West European states are hard-wired to think of Russia as a military threat

US president Donald Trump  and French president Emmanuel Macron: Macron has questioned the US commitment to protect its Nato allies.Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

French president calls on Europe to ‘wake up’ and face threat to its geopolitical future

A banner with pictures of the eight victims who died in the collapse of two buildings a year ago on Rue d’Aubagne, in the Noailles district in Marseille, southern France. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP via Getty Images

Protesters will march in Noailles on Saturday to demand action on dilapidated properties

French president Emmanuel Macron is being accompanied by about 50 businessmen. Photograph: Getty

Élysée stresses that ‘Europe must not be the collateral victim’ in US-China trade dispute

Leonardo: Vitruvian Man at the Louvre. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

The Louvre has put on a blockbuster show to mark 500 years since the artist’s death

Getting ratty. Geoffroy Boulard, mayor of Paris’s 17th arrondissement, has organised vigilantes to hunt down rodents in his district. And rats are likely to be an issue in municipal elections next March.

Paris Letter: The city has budgeted €1.5m annually since 2017 for the war on rats

French president Emmanuel Macron is unwilling to wave through a three-month Brexit extension for the UK, sources in Brussels and Dublin said. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

French government says UK should examine deal ‘as quickly as possible’

El Greco: part of the 1575 version of Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. Photograph: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The painter constantly reinvented his art – and the older he grew, the wilder it became

A woman irons during a Muslim fair in Paris. Earlier this month, the head of a regional council for Marine Le Pen’s RN party called for a mother to take her headscarf off ‘in the name of the principles of the Republic’. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Macron under pressure to take a stand on issues including the wearing of headscarves

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron hold a press conference in Toulouse. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Mood from German chancellor and French president one of muted, cautious expectation

A man waits on a train platform  in Marseille beside a train belonging to the state-owned railway company SNCF. File photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: The state’s 5.5m fonctionnaires are the butt of jokes and economic concerns

European Council president Donald Tusk and French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Élysée sees EU solidarity with Ireland as a shining lesson of benefits of EU membership

French president Emmanuel Macron participates in a ceremony at Paris police headquarters to pay respects to the victims of an attack on October 4th. Three police officers and an administrative worker were murdered. Photograph: Francois Mori

‘Responsibilities will be established. Justice will pass, as it must’

Mickaël  Harpon (45) was  shot dead by a policeman after he stabbed four colleagues to death in a frenzied attack at Paris police headquarters on October 3rd. Photograph: AFP/via Getty

Islamist cleared for access to all computers in police prefecture’s directorate of intelligence

France’s president Emmanuel Macron: believes the far right must not be allowed to continue to monopolise the immigration issue. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP via Getty Images

French president plans to clamp down on abuses in hope of winning over right-wing voters

Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur (90) and François Léotard (77), who was Balladur’s defence minister. File photographs: Jean-Pierre Muller and Marc Le Chelard/AFP/Getty Images

Edouard Balladur, François Léotard and Nicolas Sarkozy are involved in Karachi trial

A police vehicle drives towards police headquarters in Paris after a knife attack on Thursday. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP

Civil servant attacked woman supervisor and three male police officers with kitchen knife

Relatives attend the private burial  of former French president Jacques Chirac at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Putin and Clinton among dignitaries at funeral Mass for former president

Francis Bacon in Paris in 1987. Photograph: Raphael Gaillarde/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

The artist’s work is visceral yet beautiful, as a major new show in Paris makes clear

Gilbert Chikli: expected to face trial early next year for the elaborate “fake Le Drian” scam than netted scores of millions of euro from wealthy French figures.   Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty

Franco-Israeli fraudster Gilbert Chikli to go on trial for elaborate hustle of wealthy

French economist Thomas Piketty: ‘The profits of big global companies must be declared on a global level.’ Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

New books by Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz call for a more equitable capitalism

A 2006 file photograph of former French president Jacques Chirac. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Controversial politician was country’s second-longest-serving president, serving from 1995 to 2007

French pulmonologist Dr Irene Frachon with a photobook depicting portraits of ‘mediator victims’ as she arrives at court. Photograph: Getty

Servier accused of knowingly marketing Mediator despite apparent heart and lungs hazard

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, after a press conference ahead of their dinner at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Emmanuel Macron makes brief trip to Rome to repair ties damaged by Matteo Salvini

Joseph Stiglitz:  Expressed ‘shock’ that Ireland ‘turned down the €13bn from Apple’.

Argument that State dependent on multinationals simply ‘bogus’

Jeanne Calment, the world’s oldest person, poses for photographers on February 20th, 1997, in Arles,  France, a day prior to her 122nd birthday. File photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Jeanne Calment died in 1997, aged 122. New research has rejected claims she was a fraud

Mayor of Levallois-Perret Patrick Balkany  and his wife  Isabelle Balkany arrive at  a Paris courthouse on Friday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Patrick and Isabelle Balkany evaded over €4m in taxes between 2009 and 2015

Parisians appeared to take the disruption in their stride, resorting massively to online work from home, ride-sharing, cycling and electric scooters. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Paris transport severely disrupted as strike shuts 10 of 12 metro lines

President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand is the fourth-ranking official in the republic. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Richard Ferrand suspected of benefitting from former job as insurance firm director

Before and during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France’s President Emmanuel Macron held intense talks with UK prime minister Boris Johnson, US president Donald Trump. Sarria/AFP/Getty Images 1

French leader is demonstrating the ability to learn from his mistakes

 Women hold placards depicting victims as they march to denounce violence against women and femicide, in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

100 French women have been murdered so far this year, prompting government to act

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and UK Brexit secretary Steve Barclay in the audience at the Medef business conference in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg.

UK’s EU departure minister fears if backstop ‘triggered, we would be locked in it forever’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and UK Brexit secretary  Stephen Barclay at the Medef business conference at Longchamp racecourse in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Michael D’Arcy comments came as other Government Ministers declined to be drawn on plan to suspend Westminster

 French president Emmanuel Macron: “Look at India, Russia and China. Today, they have much stronger political inspiration than the Europeans.”  Photograph: Yoan Valat

President deemed to have ‘tamed’ Trump by placing him at centre of events

French president and G7 host Emmanuel Macron with US president Donald Trump and Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte during  the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau – Pool/Getty Images

Three-day summit ends in Biarritz with Donald Trump praising Emmanuel Macron as host

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron  shake hands as they hold a press conference on the closing day of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

G7 summit sees US president soften stance on Iran and China – and praise French wine

European Council president Donald Tusk  and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: US has pledged a big trade deal to Britain in wake of Brexit.  Photograph: Neil Hall

Trump resistant to Macron’s effort to mediate in crisis over Tehran’s nuclear capability

A cheering crowd on the Place de la Concorde during a parade on August 26th, 1944 to celebrate the Liberation of Paris. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

On the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris, symbolism is still as strong as ever

 French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on environment and social equality to business leaders in Paris, on the eve of the G7 summit. Photograph: Michel Spingler/EPA

French president clashes with Bolsonaro over Amazon fires on eve of leaders’ summit

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes British prime minister Boris Johnson ahead of a meeting at The Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

French president agrees to listen to British proposals to change withdrawal agreement

British prime minister Boris Johnson and  French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace after their meeting. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Macron stresses ‘fundamental principles’ of Irish stability and integrity of single market

Russian president Vladimir Putin  and French president Emmanuel Macron: met to discuss the way ahead. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin

Meeting ahead of Biarritz G7 summit takes place with ‘international order at crossroads’

Nora Quoirin's father Seabastien and mother Meabh at a press conference during the search for their daughter. Photograph: Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via Reuters

‘We are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “As a father of two daughters myself, like I am sure every parent in the country, our hearts go out to the family.”  Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Nóra’s uncle questions how could she have survived for five days in jungle

  The walls of Jeffrey Epstein’s apartment on Foch Avenue in Paris  were covered with photographs of naked young women, according to a worker. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Court documents claim two main procurers of young women for billionaire were French

 Nóra Quoirin, whose body was found in Malaysia on Tuesday. Photograph: Lucie Blackman Trust/Family handout/PA Wire

Family stress need for police to continue investigating possibilty she was abducted

Sylvain Quoirin holding a photograph of his granddaughter Nóra, who was found dead in Malaysia on Tuesday after a 10-day search. Photograph: Titouan Rimbault

Growing suspicions that teenager may have been abducted and murdered

Sylvain Quoirin, the grandfather of the deceased Franco-Irish schoolgirl Nóra Quoirin.

Grandfather of deceased girl believes she was victim of crime

 Visitors to the Louvre take photos of the Mona Lisa. Photograph: Owen Franken/New York Times

Paris Letter: The popularity of this rather dowdy matron is a mind-boggling example of the arbitrariness of fame

Nadir Dendoune and his mother, Messaouda. Figs in April, an hour-long profile of  Messaouda,   is being shown this summer in festivals, prisons and public parks. Photograph: Camille Millerand

Film-maker Nadir Dendoune is reappropriating the north African immigrant story

 Reconstruction work on Notre Dame Cathedral was suspended on July 25th because of concerns about lead contamination. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Two children tested have ‘lead poisoning’ after 400 tonnes vaporised in April fire in Paris

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro: Keeps the part in his hair, like his politics, on the far right. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

Jair Bolsonaro cancels appointment with Jean-Yves Le Drian at short notice

A mural  depicting Steve Maia Caniço, who went missing after a police raid on a music festival  in Nantes last month, and whose body was found in the Loire river on Monday. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Steve Caniço’s body found in river Loire a month after police raid on music festival

The fire that nearly destroyed Notre Dame cathedral on April 15th melted 400 tonnes of lead in the steeple and roof. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Reconstruction suspended amid fears about 400 tonnes of lead melted in cathedral fire

Marine Le Pen: Communities with a strong military or paramilitary presence all voted in greater percentages for her, the Front National and the Rassemblement National. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty

Voting patterns in French army have swung towards far-right since 2012, research finds

A boy jumps from a diving platform into the lake Ammersee in Utting, southern Germany. Photograph:  Sven Hoppe/dpa/AFP

Record temperatures recorded in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in heatwave linked to climate change

Former environment minister François de Rugy and his wife,  journalist Séverine Servat. Rugy resigned   following revelations by news website Mediapart about sumptuous private dinners paid for by public funds. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

François de Rugy is latest head on pike after revelations of lavish dinners on public funds

People cool off at the Trocadero Fountains in Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/Getty

Paris feels like it’s burning. The last time I experienced heat this intense was in Baghdad

 Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi chairman Jean-Dominique Senard is trying to put the Ghosn saga behind him.

New head at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi determined to mend frayed relationships with Japanese partners

A woman admires Maurice the rooster as he sits in the arms of his owner, Corrine Fesseau (not pictured),  in Rochefort, western France, on July 4th. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Maurice the rooster is talk of France, but he's not the one fowling up my mornings

My love affair with France has been at times irrational, mysterious and unpredictable

Massage in the Hammam, by Édouard Debat-Ponsan. Photograph: Musée des Augustins

A Paris show suggests orientalist fantasies of women in particular gave way to a new reality that helped usher in modernism and ab(...)

“Donald Trump’s America First sloganeering stirred a nasty brew of belligerent unilateralism, mercantilism, and unreconstructed nationalism.”

Review: William J Burns’s meticulous record is rich in pen portraits, anecdote and description

Vilhelm Hammershøi’s Three Young Women (1895).

He was the finest Danish painter of his generation who ignored a revolution in art. Now his meditative interiors are undergoing a (...)

One-time  mayor of Levallois-Perret Patrick Balkany (right) speaks with his wife first deputy mayor Isabelle Balkany during a city council in Levallois-Perret on April 15th. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty

‘I’m the most honest man in the world,’ says former mayor on trial for corruption, tax fraud

Sophie Toscan du Plantier loved the rugged coastal surroundings in west Cork. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP

‘I am trying to stay calm in the eye of the hurricane’, Englishman tells Irish Times

French president Emmanuel Macron and US president Donald Trump embrace at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer on Thursday. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president urged to support postwar multilateral system at D-Day ceremonies

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron   shake hands during the press conference in  Normandy, June 6th. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

As US and French presidents make effort get along Vladimir Putin’s absence widely noted

This combination of file photographs shows French nationals sentenced by a Baghdad court to death for joining the Islamic State group. Photograph: Getty Images

Lawyers in Paris protest about death sentences given to French nationals in Baghdad

Hardline Les Républicains president Laurent Wauquiez, who resigned on Sunday night. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty

Le Pen and Macron are fighting over the remnants of once mighty conservative party

The trial of Pedro Miguel Goncalves Rodrigues and Rafael Rodrigue Torres lasted three days and the Irish woman sobbed when the verdict was read out. File photograph: Getty

‘Good husbands’ found guilty of ‘torture and acts of barbarism’ against 35-year-old tourist

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: “Love of the Land” is a dark, brooding essay she wrote about her visits to Ireland. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP

Violence of a fox stalking sheep key idea in writings by murdered French woman

Ian Bailey, who has repeatedly denied having any involvement in the murder, refused to attend the French trial. File photograph: Collins

English man is sentenced by French court to 25 years for 1996 west Cork death

Lawyer for the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier Marie Dose outside the courtroom where the trial of Ian Bailey was held. Photograph: Marc Piasecki

‘Elements of proof cannot be set aside because two witnesses retracted testimony’

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts in Dublin in 2015. File photograph: Alan Betson

Bailey convicted in absentia of 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey in 2017. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ex-journalist Helen Callanan criticises ‘fragility of process’ and lack of verbal testimony

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was characterised in court as ‘an exceptional person’. File photograph: PA

Bereft husband Daniel a ‘great seducer of women’ until falling for Sophie’s charms

If convicted of voluntary homicide, Ian Bailey could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Englishman accused of killing Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co Cork more than 20 years ago

French president Emmanuel Macron: had upped the stakes by stressing the “existential risk” involved in the elections. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu

Election was referendum on French president’s leadership but he limited damage

If convicted, Ian Bailey could be sentenced to 30 years in prison. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bailey will not attend week-long trial in French capital so cannot appeal verdict

 Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right party Rassemblement National,  casting her vote during the European elections in Henin Beaumont, northern France. Photograph:  EPA/Thibault Vandermersch

Ecologist party EELV makes a breakthrough, coming in third ahead of the Socialists and far-left France Unbowed

Sophie Toscan du Plantier and her son Pierre-Louis, who has grown into a self-assured family spokesman

Will a murder conviction handed down by a European ally not be recognised here?

Yellow-vest (gilets jaunes) protestors at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a demonstration over high fuel prices in December, 2018. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

French president’s party losing rural support as voters turn to Le Pen despite Russian links

Anaesthetist Frédéric Péchier is suspected of poisoning and murder at the Saint-Vincent  hospital in the eastern French city of Besançon. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Amid claims of poisoning 24 in hospital, Péchier is on trial for ‘medical terrorism’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said no matter when they announced the broadband plan, they would have been criticised – for electioneering or for burying it if they waited until after the local elections. Photograph:  Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Taoiseach appeals to Opposition to have open mind about €5bn broadband deal

French president Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern launched the Christchurch appeal to tackle violent extremist content online. Photograph: Julien De Rosa/EPA

Freedom of expression ‘does not include freedom to broadcast mass murder’

French far-right Rassemblement National leader Marine Le Pen: says Emmanuel Macron “has abandoned the concept of the office of president which is that of the Fifth Republic”. Photograph: Vincent Kessler

RN says president has made European election into a referendum for or against him

Unions representative members gather in front of Paris’ courthouse on Monday, the first day of the trial of  former members of France Telecom’s management for ‘moral harassment’. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Case concentrates on the years 2008 and 2009 when 35 employees took their own lives

Love rivals: Young Women in the Garden by Pierre Bonnard

Tate Modern’s a dazzling tribute identifies colour and memory as the two most salient features of the great French painter’s art

Emmanuel Macron, centre, near Notre Dame cathedral last Monday. That afternoon, the president had recorded an address to the nation, which was to have been broadcast at 8pm. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

There is much unfinished business for the French president including his cancelled speech

People outside Saint Sulpice  participate in the Chrism Mass as part of Holy Week, as bells ring in tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Bells ring out across France as debate begins on spending details of €1.1bn funds

Fallen burnt debris  inside Notre Dame: President Emmanuel Macron said the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Ruined Paris cathedral a focus for ‘great national emotion’ as firms pledge funds

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