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

A pile of rubble inside Notre Dame Cathedral today after the devastating fire overnight. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

French prosecutors say blaze at popular landmark probably caused by accident

Smoke and flames rise from the Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris. Photograph:  Francois Guillot/ AFP/Getty Images

Lara Marlowe: Parisians watch as 200-year-old spire collapses

Bernard-Henri Lévy. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu/Getty

The French celebrity public intellectual on Brexit, his enemies and changing the world

‘I sometimes joke I must have been French in a previous life, probably in 19th-century Paris.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The process was Kafkaesque, but I now cannot wait to vote as Citoyenne Marlowe

French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May in Paris: ratification of the withdrawal accord would be France’s “preferred scenario”. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Macron poised for May’s request amid concerns over ability to pass withdrawal accord

US president Donald Trump’s then adviser, Kellyanne Conway, provided a memorable example of post-truth in  2017 when she excused exaggeration of the numbers attending the president’s inauguration as “alternative facts”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Paris Letter: Myriam Revault d’Allonnes believes we have become indifferent to truth

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at the Élysée Palace in Paris,  on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president says EU cannot be held as a hostage to ongoing UK political crisis

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial last year. File photographs: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Differing character traits may have affected the rugby players’ ability to adapt to their new lives in France

A man holds a child in a camp of the Roma community that was attacked in Bobigny, near Paris, Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

Propagated online, the urban myth of marauding Roma has taken on a life of its own

French president Emmanuel Macron talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool via Reuters

Chinese president and EU leaders test the limits of their relationship at the Élysée Palace

Chinese president Xi Jinping  during a welcome ceremony prior to a meeting with Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monte Carlo on Sunday.  Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s state visit to France will include impromptu EU summit

It’s a nice day for a Red Wedding: a scene from the Game of Thrones Tapestry

Will tourists prefer the real McCoy, or the blood, guts and dragons of the reboot?

Patrice and Lydie Maninchedda have learned that French special forces had rescued their grandsons from al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria. Photograph: Lydia Maninchedda

Patrice and Lydie Maninchedda’s only daughter was killed in Syria

A yellow vest protester hits a riot police officer with his leg on the Champs Élysées during the 18th consecutive national Saturday protest in Paris. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

Macron returns to Paris vowing ‘strong, additional decisions’ in worst riots in months

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: Westminster confronts Brexit “solely through the lens of British politics”. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

‘If you were looking at this from the moon, you would think: how is this being allowed to happen?’

Gilets jaunes protest in Paris: Christophe Guilluy’s denunciation of the “dominant classes” in his book  verges on incitement. Photograph: Alain Jocard/ AFP/Getty Images

Christophe Guilluy clearly takes sides but there is an ugly undertow to his message

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque following the shootings which left 49 dead in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph:Mark Baker/AP

Simon Coveney: ‘We are countries that have so much in common’

Douglas Webber regrets that European leaders have been so slow to support President Emmanuel Macron’s European initiatives. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

A political scientist believes member states may increasingly stop complying with rules

 Mehdi Nemmouche:  the  quadruple murder  was the first in a wave of terrorist attacks carried out by Isis in Europe. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Mehdi Nemmouche murdered four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014

Alexandre Holroyd: ‘We should do anything in our power to have an orderly Brexit, whatever that means, a structured Brexit that doesn’t create crisis on either side of the Channel or in Ireland’

Alexandre Holroyd wants an ‘orderly Brexit’ and blames the UK’s parliament for delays

The A16 motorway between Dunkirk and Calais shows trucks heading to the Channel tunnel stuck in a traffic jam as a result of the strike. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

French customs officers using Brexit to voice their demands

France’s economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire: “We must tax the Gafa [Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon] to finance our public services, our schools, our creches and our hospitals.” Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP

Draft law to take effect retroactively expected to raise €500m annually for French coffers

Although French president Emmanuel Macron in his open letter described Brexit as the symbol of Europe’s crisis, he was conciliatory towards the UK, asking that it be included on a European Security Council. Photograph:  Caroline Blumberg/AFP/Getty Images

French president is an antisystem politician of a different stripe

French president Emmanuel Macron. “This is the first time that a head of state has spoken to all the peoples of Europe in their languages,” says an adviser of Mr Macron’s open lettter. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

French president’s open letter builds on the theme of European sovereignty

French president Emmanuel Macron: Brexit “symbolises the crisis of Europe”, he  argues in his letter. He indirectly accuses Brexiteers of irresponsibility and lying.  Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/AFP/Getty

French president warns against the trap of ‘national entrenchment’

 French national Fabien Clain:  jihadist  has reportedly been killed in a drone attack in Syria. Photograph: Interpol

French convert to Islam Fabien Clain proclaimed Isis responsibility for Paris attacks

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures during his swearing-in ceremony in Algiers on April 28th, 2014. He suffered a stroke in 2013. Photograph: Louafi Larbi

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (81) cannot walk, talk, shake hands or receive visiting dignitaries

John Montague’s widow, Elizabeth Wassell in Monaco. Photograph: Princess Grace Irish Library

Pierre Joannon praises Montague’s ‘extraordinary dedication to his craft’

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel discussed Brexit at a joint press conference at the Elysée Palace. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Macron says withdrawal agreement can not be renegotiated, seeks ‘clear vision’ from UK

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire is to  deliver a talk on economic policy at the International Institute for European Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Jakub Kaminski/EPA

Bruno Le Maire will also deliver a talk on economic policy during Dublin visit

Marine Le Pen at a meeting in Saint-Ebremond-de-Bonfosse. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

RN leader on anti-Semitism, the gilets jaunes and her plan to undermine Brussels from the inside

Rembrandt's Self-Portrait with Beret, Wide-Eyed, 1630. Photograph: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum celebrates the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age with its ‘All the Rembrandts’ exhibition

Dieppe harbour in northwest France. As Brexit approaches, the ports of the English Channel and the North Sea are preparing for the worst. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

French businesses are better-prepared than the UK for crash-out, an expert believes

National Assembly deputy Hervé Berville was born a Rwandan Tutsi and was four years old when French soldiers took him from an orphanage in Kigali, leading to adoption by his French family. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Hervé Berville has received threatening, racist messages in toxic atmosphere in France

Pieces of evidence are displayed during the trial regarding the terrorist attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels, at the Brussels Justice Palace,  this week. Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The four say they recognise Nemmouche as the man who guarded them while they were held in Syria

The ‘gilets jaunes’ on strike in Marseille.  The sign reads ‘the richer they become, the more numerous we will be’.  Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Macron’s supporters hope unpopular economic reforms will continue

 French policemen hold up French and EU flags on the facade of Farnese Palace, the French embassy in Rome. File photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Populist leader’s support for protest movement increases diplomatic tensions

Firefighters and a police officer are seen near a building that caught fire in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. Photograph:  Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP

Ten dead and arson suspect transferred to psychiatric hospital after fire at apartment block

The first World War grenade found in a shipment of French potatoes in Hong Kong. Photograph: Hong Kong police force

The German grenade had been accidentally shipped from northern France to Hong Kong

France has one of the lowest rates of uptake of the HPV vaccination in Europe, due to ‘unfounded rumours’ around its safety, says Dr Elisabete Weiderpass. Photograph:  Matthew Busch/Washington Post/Getty Images

Efforts to inoculate 60% of girls stepped up amid ‘unfounded rumours’ about vaccine

A fighter for the Syrian Democratic Forces  in Raqqa, Syria in 2017. The SDF have been holding the French jihadists but are no longer able to do so. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Authorities examine options to detain the ‘potentially dangerous’ French citizens

Ian Bailey, a British citizen who lives in Schull, Co Cork, denies involvement in the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier during the night of December 22nd-23rd, 1996. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Bailey denies involvement in the murder and is still considering participating in the trial

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife first lady Brigitte Macron with Grand Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb in Cairo. Photograph: Amr Nabil/Reuters

French president on visit to Cairo tells Sisi he should restore civil rights and liberties

Front de Gauche candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Jean-Luc Melenchon (R), flanked by French leader of the French communist party  Pierre Laurent (C), reads ‘L’Humanité’. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Pierre Verdy/Getty Images

‘L’Humanité’ faces liquidation after 115 years in print, as funding options run out

In Dunkirk, northern France, buses were painted bright colours to mark the new free-fare system.
Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Dunkirk is latest European city to offer a free-fare system. Could we follow suit?

French president Emmanuel Macron with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris on  October 24th, 2017: Mr Macron has emphasised the “unavoidable” necessity of maintaining good relations with Cairo. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer

Élysée promises French president will raise subjects of repression and abuse in Cairo

French president Emmanuel Macron  sits prior to answering questions during a meeting with local residents as part of the “great national debate” in Bourg-de-Peage near Valence, France, on Thursday. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/AFP/Getty Images

Minds of French politicians turning nervously to European parliamentary elections

 Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini attends a press conference  in Rome earlier this month. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Migration row between the two governments highlights the shattering of historic ties

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “When I visited Dungannon in May 2018, I was very struck by my meeting with a group of women . . . Two of them wept because they were so afraid that the Troubles would start again.” Photograph: Getty Images

Backstop cannot be time limited in bid to avert no agreement, says bloc’s chief negotiator

Protesters wearing Pikachu hats take part in a Women’s Gilets Jaunes protest in front of the Eiffel Tower on January 20th. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France one of world’s leading redistributors of wealth, according to OECD

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Critics say the treaty lacks ambition and does not address the euro zone, migrants or social and environmental policy. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay

Macron and Merkel set for bland commitment to relaunch Franco-German projects

Calais-Dover is the closest maritime link between the continent and Britain, crossed by two million lorries, 46 million tonnes of freight and 9.1 million passengers last year. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

British plans for new ferry routes ‘insolent’ and disrespectful, says Calais port chief

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses a meeting of some 600 mayors in Grand-Bourgtheroulde, Normandy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French president’s ‘contemptuousness’ raised during meeting with 600 mayors

“Gilets jaunes” protesters take part in the ninth consecutive national Saturday demonstration, in Bordeaux, France, on January 12th. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

President’s six-page letter tells citizens he intends ‘to transform anger into solutions, with you’

A rally of the women’s yellow vest protesters (femmes gilets jaunes) near Place de la Bastille in Paris. Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Defining inclinations of the movement are a clear and present danger to Europe

Firefighters survey the damage following a gas-leak explosion in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Judiciary police ‘not excluding any possibility’ as death toll rises to four dead, 50 injured

Woman at Her Toilette, 1875-80, Art Institute of Chicago

A fine new show re-establishes the painter as a leading impressionist but miscasts her as a feminist icon

François Fillon was expected to win the top office until it was revealed his wife had received some €600,000 for a fake job. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

François and Penelope Fillon could be prosecuted over scandal that destroyed his 2017 campaign

A file picture released on June 1, 2014 shows Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old suspected gunman who shot dead four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

Jihadist Mehdi Nemmouche accused of killing four in Brussels Jewish Museum

A man with a skateboard passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting yellow vest protesters inspired by the ‘La Liberte guidant le Peuple’ painting in Paris on January 8th Photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/Getty

Protesters from neglected countryside knocking on the door of bourgeois Parisians

Archbishop of Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin  in  court in Lyon, France where he is on trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and ’90s. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Cardinal Barbarin of Lyon and five others accused over priest’s abuse of boy scouts

Emmanuel Macron. For 10 days this month, the French president hunkered down in the Élysée Palace, pondering where it all went wrong. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

French president will have to work hard to salvage reputation at home and abroad

French president Emmanuel Macron and former Élysée senior security officer Alexandre Benalla. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Alexandre Benalla in fresh scandal over use of diplomatic passport and role in arms trade

Gilets jaunes protesters in Biarritz, southwest France. Photograph: Iroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Debate will attempt to ‘take the pulse of the country’ after widespread unrest

The memorial service at the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, where John Dowling taught English and European civilisation for 20 years. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Memorial service for John Dowling, killed in Paris, was a joyful celebration of his life

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