Eric Zemmour during a campaign visit in the northern France village of Honnecourt-sur-Escaut. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

Extreme right-wing presidential candidate fined €10,000 for tirade against migrants

French president Emmanuel Macron  with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen following their meeting  in Paris on Friday. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Russian and US diplomats to begin talks on the conflict on Monday, without the EU

Emmanuel Macron said he would do his utmost to make life difficult for those who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but used the verb ‘emmerder’ – whose root, ‘merdre’, is vulgar French for excrement. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty

French president’s use of vulgar verb in relation to unvaccinated sparks controversy

The Arc de Triomphe lit up in blue to mark the French presidency of the European Union in Paris on January 1st, 2022. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/AFP via Getty

France’s lurch to the right is the biggest challenge to Macron’s re-election hopes

Poppy and Memory, a Messerschmitt fighter-bomber sculpted in lead by German artist Anselm Kiefer.

Paris Letter: Anselm Kiefer’s ‘For Paul Celan’ exhibition twists ‘knife in German wound’

French president Emmanuel Macron (left) answers questions of journalist Darius Rochebin during a televised interview at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

In TV interview French president attempts to defuse issues likely to threaten campaign

Christians attend  Mass at the Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church in the predominantly Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh, in Niniveh province.  Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

Book review: War correspondent Janine di Giovanni details persecution and dwindling presence

German chancellor Olaf Scholz with  French president Emmanuel Macron: A build-up of Russian troops and armour on Ukraine’s borders has sparked fears Vladimir Putin is preparing to invade the country. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

German chancellor and French president look to ‘Normandy format’ to reduce tensions

French president Emmanuel Macron wants “to design a new European model for growth . . . a model of production and of solidarity” which could “create wealth and protect its social model”. Photograph: Ludovic Marin

France’s president lays out vision for EU presidency and urges new spirit for Europe

 French President Emmanuel Macron: ‘We have to show that Europe makes us stronger.’ Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

President will be keen to advance vision of a powerful and independent Europe as France dictates EU agenda

Éric Ciotti (centre) led the poll. Ciotti is a party hack who has never served as a cabinet minister and is virtually a clone of the independent extreme right-wing candidate Éric Zemmour. Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty

Ciotti and Pécresse battle for dominance after party’s shock first-round primary result

Images of Josephine Baker are projected on the Pantheon monument during a ceremony dedicated to the American-born French dancer and singer in Paris on Tuesday night. Photograph:   Thibault Camus/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

American-born woman admitted to the Panthéon at elaborate ceremony in Paris

British home secretary Priti Patel had been due to attend talks in Paris on Sunday on the crisis over migrants crossing the  Channel. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/EPA/UK Parliament

Invitation to Priti Patel to attend talks withdrawn after Johnson tweets letter

Remains of the migrants’ inflatable boat and personal belongings left on the beach near Wimereux, France, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Migrants trying to reach Britain a source of tension between London and Paris for years

Performer Josephine Baker circa 1925: Baker became famous for singing J’ai Deux Amours, about her love for both the US and France. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Dancer titillated audiences while working for the French Resistance

Julie Manet in a Hat, around 1894. Photograph: Musée Marmottan Monet

Exhibition recounts vast family saga, with paintings by Julie's mother Berthe Morisot and uncle Édouard Manet

 Salah Abdeslam  is escorted by Belgian police officers at his trial in Brussels after a shootout that led to his capture in the Belgian capital in  2018. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AFP/Getty

Chastened defendant Abdeslam cites his rejection of ‘western values’ before he embraced Islamic radicalism

 Emmanuel Macron  lays a wreath near the Pont de de Bezons  in Colombes near Paris to  commemorate the brutal repression of a 1961 demonstration during which at least 120 Algerians were killed during a protest to support Algerian independence. Photograph: Rafael Yaghobzadeh/EPA

Controversy over large reduction in visas for Algerians reignites old enmities

Robert Fisk, a man of ‘extraordinary courage and journalistic genius’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

In a new memoir, journalist Lara Marlowe recalls the life she shared with her former husband

Eric Zemmour has never been elected to public office and has not officially declared his candidacy for the presidency. However his dark rhetoric may be more in synch with the national mood than Emmanuel Macron’s chirpy optimism. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Six months before the presidential election a poll shows newcomer could be pitted against Macron

Imams from the Grand Mosque of Paris carry a floral tribute, in front of the school where teacher Samuel Paty worked, in Conflans Sainte Honorine, on Friday. Photograph: Lewis Joly/AP Photo

The country has endured 21 jihadist attacks since 2015, with 18 such attacks foiled

Many developing countries say their interests have been sidelined and Oxfam calls the agreement “a rich country stitch-up”.   Photograph: iStock

Plan ‘provides certainty’ needed for State to sign up, Paschal Donohoe says

François Devaux, founder of a victims’ association  speaks during the publishing of the report. Photograph: Thomas Coex, Pool via AP

Up to 3,200 clerical predators in France since 1950, report estimates

The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church has taken nearly three years to complete the study. Photograph: Fred Tanneau / AFP via Getty

At least 10,000 victims were abused over past 70 years, commission president says

 Francois Mitterrand surrounded by photographers during the French cabinet meeting at Elysee Palace on May 27th, 1981 in Paris. Photograph: Picot/Stills/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

Paris Letter: Former French president had affair with young woman during his final years

Set to appeal: former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: François Lo Presti/AFP via Getty

Former president to be confined to his home in sign to successors times have changed

 Emmanuel Macron: more than half the 60 proposals made by the French president  in his Sorbonne speech in 2017 have been realised. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/EPA

As he shifts into re-election campaign mode, the French president can boast of having given the EU fresh impetus over the last fou(...)

  President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly been in a state of ‘cold anger’ over the ‘betrayal’. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/EPA

French ambassador to return to Washington as crisis over new ‘Aukus’ alliance eases

 A photograph from February 11th, 2019, showing Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison (centre),  Australia’s defence minister Christopher Pyne and France’s defence minister Florence Parly (right) after signing a  submarine deal   in Canberra.  Photograph:  Getty Images

French admiral says US has broken a pact among nuclear powers on the UN Security Council by agreeing to sell nuclear submarines

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian: ‘There were lies, duplicity, a major rupture of confidence, contemptuousness. So things are not all right between us.’ Photograph:  Getty Images

Australian PM says French ‘should have known’ country’s misgivings about submarine capabilities

Algerian former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika salutes the crowd. Photograph: Alfred de Montesquieu/AP Photo

The 20-year Algerian president’s death greeted with something like embarrassment

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

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