Protesters demonstrate in front of Paris courthouse against police violence. Some 20,000 people defied a ban in Paris  to protest the 2016 death of a young black man in French police custody. Photograph: Michael Rubinel/AFP via Getty Images

Similarities between Adama Traoré’s fate and that of George Floyd in USA not lost on demonstrators in Paris

French prime minister Édouard Philippe gives a televised address on Thursday announcing the second phase of the easing of lockdown measures from June 2nd. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/EPA

Most welcome measure will be unrestricted travel to anywhere in France from Tuesday

Prof Didier Raoult, who has been prescribing hydroxychloroquine to Covid-19 patients for several months, attacked the Lancet study on its use as “a completely delirious fantasy”. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP

Drug promoted by Trump banned following study finding links with higher mortality rate

The lorry was found on an industrial estate 32km east of London in October last year. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty

Arrests follow deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants inside truck in October last year

At my first job as a journalist in Paris, four colleagues and I shook the hands of two bosses every morning, but gave bises to each other. Photograph: Getty

Paris Letter: Cheek-kissing is a social minefield in France. Not everyone would miss it

Emmanuel Macron, then  French economy minister, and Philippe De Villiers  during a show at the Puy du Fou theme park in 2016. File photograph: AFP/Getty

President green-lights opening of viscount’s theme park before other public gathering places

Two worshippers, Guillaume and Cynthia,  put on their as they prepare to enter the reopened Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral in central France on May 14th. Photograph: Jean-François Monier/AFP via Getty Images

As the cathedral in Chartres reopens, sacred and profane struggle with Covid-19 constraints

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint video press conference on Monday. Photograph: Andreas Gora/EPA

Macron and Merkel announce burden-sharing initiative to help countries hit by Covid-19

 Locals shopping on the tiny cobbled main street in the medieval city of Provins in  France. The  town is less than 100 kilometres from Paris and expects more visitors as France loosens restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Tala Skari

Tourism key to bustling medieval town but fears remain of hordes of Parisian invaders

French free runner Johan Tonnoir  on Trocadero Plaza in Paris on Monday, the first day of France’s easing of lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.  Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

Paris Letter: Joy and apprehension – and new protocols – as the country eases lockdown

Peadar King’s reporting with RTÉ brought him to cities including Goma in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photograph: Joe Farrell

Book review: Peadar King’s book draws on years reporting with RTÉ’s What in the World

 Emmanuel Macron: The Macron administration committed the “triple error” of destroying millions of masks that could have been used, and of failing to renew or increase stocks, according to  investigative journalists Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme. Photograph:  Francois Mori/AFP/Getty

Failure to heed repeating warnings results in inadequate provision of intensive care beds, tests and protective equipment

French prime minister Edouard Philippe presents the details for the easing of the country’s lockdown at the Hotel Matignon in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Majority of primary schools to reopen and wider travel permitted from Monday

In Europe’s greatest health crisis in a century, the youth and vigour of French president Emmanuel Macron have been outshone by German chancellor Angela Merkel’s age and experience. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin /POOL/AFP

Huge disparity in mortality figures and testing reveal two very different approaches

 A woman waves the French national flag in support of healthcare employees in the Paris suburb of  Saint-Mande on Monday. Photograph:  Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Retesting of samples suggests virus was in France a month before first case confirmed

World Health Organisation director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on January 28th. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/Getty Images

UN organisation has been subjected to barrage of criticism over response to pandemic

Referring to China, French president Emmanuel Macron told the Financial Times last month: ‘There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.’ Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty

At the start of the pandemic, Europe and China helped one other. Then the mood changed

Residents line up during a food distribution by volunteers from the Aclefeu association in Clichy-sous-Bois near Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Immigrant communities try to break stigmas as they endure growing inequality

French president Emmanuel Macron walks in a greenhouse  in western France on Wednesday, as part of a visit to support French farmers amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron adviser says ‘at least an extra €1,000bn’ needed for EU recovery fund

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses the nation about the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Even some senior members of Macron’s party opposed to opt-in app StopCovid

Airport employees unload  material arriving from China, including thousands of masks, at the international airport of Nice, southern France. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

Paris expresses ‘disapproval’ over disinformation published by envoy Lu Shaye

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France, in April 2019. File photograph: AP Photo/Michel Euler

The first anniversary of the cathedral blaze highlights parallels between catastrophes

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses the nation about coronavirus on Monday night.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

President tells nation ‘we will have to live with the virus for several more months’

French president Emmanuel Macron talks to employees as he visits the Kolmi-Hopen face mask factory in Saint-Barthelemy-d’Anjou in central France. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Macron urges rebuilding of ‘EU sovereignty’ in production of essential supplies

Spanish outbreak has plateaued, Italy has ‘very slow’ regression, French health chief says

Caravaggio Tableaux Vivants by Ludovica Rambelli Teatro.

Our Paris Correspondent finds plenty to entertain you during the Covid-19 lockdown

Medical staff wear protective gear in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Reported US gazumping of deals angers Europe, which has its own internal wrangles

French mounted police at  Ile Saint-Louis in Paris  on the 21st day of France’s  strict lockdown.  Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

CRS riot police and some public workers have threatened strike as they feel inadequately protected against Covid-19. What could be(...)

French police and investigators at the scene of the fatal knife attack in Romans-sur-Isère. Photograph: EPA/Alex Martin

Anti-terrorism investigation under way after man is arrested in Romans-sur-Isère

The Christian Open Door Church  in Mulhouse, France. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Religious gathering in Mulhouse megachurch was ground zero for French epidemic

A woman works on a table with face masks and hand sanitiser inside a Paris public hospital. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP via Getty

Row over face masks exposes threat to EU principles of free trade and collaboration

Two months after the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in France, and more than 1,300 deaths later, the epidemic has not peaked yet. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin / AFP

Prime minister and health ministers pursued in court for alleged manslaughter

French president Emmanuel Macron promised overtime payments and a ‘gratitude bonus’ to medical personnel. Photograph: Getty

President devotes day to personnel on the front line of struggle against rampant virus

The Chantelivre bookshop in the rue de Sèvres has window display of 36 books about hospitals, epidemics and quarantine. Photograph: Tala Skari

Paris Letter: The French are finding relevance in books about epidemics and confinement

Professor Didier Raoult, the maverick virologist who says chloroquine cures coronavirus

Experiment with chloroquine raises inordinate hopes and entices Trump and Bolsonaro

Deserted streets near the banks of the river Seine in Paris as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of Covid-19. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Paris Letter: Small comforts are a survival mechanism and laughter is the best antidote

Emmanuel Macron: “Even if you show no symptoms, you may be contaminated and you can contaminate others. Show solidarity and a sense of responsibility.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/via Getty Images

French president announces 15-day lockdown in a televised national address

People walk in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday. Thousands of Parisians ignored prime minister Edouard Philippe’s plea to practice ‘social distancing’. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

Paris Letter: Sweeping restrictions take effect but public come out in legions to bask in sun

Carmen Castillo in Paris recently. Photograph: Andrew McLeish

Carmen Castillo, survivor of the 1970s coup in Chile, is still fighting oppression

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Ocean of emotion from Caravaggio, Bernini, Caravaggisti at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

The  Sorbonne University in Paris is one of a small number of “target universities” which has benefited from a  €10 billion investment programme under the French government’s initiative d’excellence or Idex. Photograph: iStock

European trends are towards consolidating a few elite places of higher education – at a time when Irish policy is to create more u(...)

General Charles de Gaulle speaking in Bruneval, France, in March 1947.  File photograph: Jean-Jacques Levy/AP

Paris Letter: Quadruple commemorations for wartime leader on anniversary of 1940 speech

People hold placards stating “People’s rights have been violated and will not forget” and “Macron, it is over, get lost” at a demonstration in Marseilles. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca

‘Parliamentary fiasco’ claims as La République en Marche seeks to raise retirement age

 Nasrin Sotoudeh is likely to spend the next 10 years in prison. She angered the Iranian government by defending women who tore off their headscarves in the 2018 protests.

It is vital for girls and young women to have role models

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaks during a meeting with US president Donald Trump in London last December. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Paris Letter: The French face the possibility Washington has reduced them to vassal status

Former French PM François Fillon and his  wife Penelope leave the courthouse surrounded by their lawyers in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

François Fillon accused of misappropriating over €1.1m in public funds paid to his family

Penelope and François Fillon: The 150-page charge sheet details six blocks of allegedly illegal payments totalling €1,306,400. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

François Fillon almost became president of France. Now he’s on trial for corruption

French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/EPA

Critics accuse president of unrolling new strategy to limit losses in March’s elections

   Benjamin Griveaux is pictured as he announces his withdrawal from the Paris mayoral campaign at AFP headquarters in Paris, France. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Questions raised over whether Russian artist acted alone in publishing tape of Macron ally

 Mathematician and politician Cedric Villani. It’s hard to see how Emmanuel Macron’s party could endorse Villani, two weeks after it expelled him for insubordination. File photograph:  Eric Fougere/Corbis via Getty Images

Confidence of Cédric Villani, the race’s most colourful candidate, suddenly doesn’t look misplaced

Benjamin Griveaux, La Republique en Marche’s candidate for the Paris 2020 mayoral election, announces his withdrawal from the campaign on Friday. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Benjamin Griveaux withdraws from race after sex video posted on internet

The 16-year-old, Mila, who made remarks about Islam. Photograph: Quotidien

Comments divide opinion on freedom of expression, as 16-year-old receives threats

Central tableau of the 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece by Van Eyck  –  a panel known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb – after  a three-year restoration. Photograph: Dirk Waem/Belga /AFP via Getty

How the first painter of the northern Renaissance influenced all that came after him

French president Emmanuel Macron reviews the troops before delivering a speech about a EU defence strategy, at the Ecole Militaire, in Paris on Friday.  Photograph: Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS

French president warns of ‘disintegration’ of international legal order and institutions

 Candidate for the Paris 2020 municipal election Benjamin Griveaux. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Benjamin Griveaux says he would plant ‘in neighbourhoods where kids don’t have trees’

 By introducing women-specific funding goals, Enterprise Ireland trebled the percentage of women-led high potential start-ups it is promoting, its entrepreneur manager Sheelagh Daly said. Photograph: iStock

Increasing gender diversity in companies increases profits, seminar told

Le Consentement by Vanessa Springora. A parliamentary deputy quoted the book when proposing a law redefining sex with any minor under the age of 15 as rape. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Autobiographical book about child sexual abuse blows apart French literary world

Ben Smith, Air France-KLM’s first foreign chief executive, is revolutionising the company

French president Emmanuel Macron’s reluctance to get involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict contrasts with his energetic diplomacy on other issues. Photograph: Yoan Valat/Reuters

Some Europeans would like French president to play active role in addressing conflict

Napoleon Bonaparte  crossing the Alps by  Jacques-Louis David: Photograph: The Art Archive/Musée du Chateau de Versailles/Dagli Orti (A)

Paris Letter: The emperor’s father may have been a Breton general despite Corsican claims

AXA chief executive Thomas Buberl   is one of seven founding members of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative that was created by US billionaire   Michael Bloomberg as a result of the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Thomas Buberl explains the opportunity in risk and instability, and how Brexit could have been avoided

People march in Paris on Thursday,  the 43rd day of nationwide multi-sector protests and strikes against the French government’s pensions reform. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

Media barely covers latest disruptions in Paris as protests enter seventh week

Former US deputy secretary of state William Burns: the Iranians will “play on anxieties in a fragile Iraqi government and an angry Shia cleric establishment in Iraq to push us out”. Photograph: B;oomberg

Senior US diplomat says killing weakened chance of better nuclear deal, of reversing Iran’s influence and of weakening the regime

A French railway worker on strike in Paris against the French government’s pensions reform plans. The slogan reads ‘Don’t touch my pension’. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Transport strikes to continue for 37th day, the longest industrial action since May 1968

The coffin of Gen  Qassem Suleimani  is carried by truck through Tehran, Iran, on January 6th during his funeral procession. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

Trump confirms image as a modern Caligula: wantonly setting fire to the Middle East

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Au Salon de la rue des Moulins (1894), from the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi.

Paris Letter: New show proves the painter was more than just the chronicler of the Belle Époque

On a mission: Pierre Josse (right), at Le Vaudésir, says the bistro is in mortal peril. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Paris Letter: Supporters want the French bistro to be recognised as a cultural treasure

Protestors march at Place de la Republique as thousands take to the streets as strikes in France enter their third week with new unions joining the strike on a crucial day between the government and the unions over pension reforms on December 17th in Paris. Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty

French president ‘inclined to improve’ provision raising retirement age from 62 to 64

Commuters alight from a regional train during a nationwide transport workers strike at Montparnasse railway station in Paris on Tuesday.  Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Protesters take to streets again over pension reforms as both sides refuse to back down

 A fireman holds a flare aloft during a rally near Place des Invalides in Paris as thousands take to the streets to protest against pension reform on the sixth day of national strikes in France. Photograph:  Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

Paris Letter: ’Tis the season to be gloomy as city brought to a standstill over pensions

French prime minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/EPA

Protests over pension changes are set to continue over the weekend

Protests against President Macron’s pension reforms   near Place des Invalides in Paris. Photograph:  Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

The extent of the protest which has mobilised people of all ages, colours and professional categories poses a threat to the presid(...)

Dating apps such as Tinder have brought sex into the free market economy.

Book review: Eva Illouz presents a bleak but fascinating analysis of modern relationships

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy  (left) and  Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) with French president Emmanuel Macron at  Monday’s summit in Paris. Photograph: Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin

Merkel joins host Macron in mediating summit aimed at restarting peace process

Rail workers of CGT union demonstrate in Hendaye, southwestern France against government plans to redesign the national retirement system. Photograph: AP Photo/Bob Edme

Lack of public transport caused 600km of tailbacks in and around Paris at rush hour

President Donald Trump meets with French president Emmanuel Macron   at Winfield House in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Trump targets France over ‘discriminatory’ digital tax

 A man wearing a clown mask and waving a smoke bomb takes part in a demonstration against  pension overhauls, in Marseille,  France. Photograph: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images

Fresh unrest in France on pension reform crystallises concerns over state’s direction

A poster stating “All on strike on December 5th” at the Bourse du Travail during preparations for a national strike against French government pension reform plans, in Nice, France. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Diverse range of workers to protest against Macron attempts at pension-system reform

French president Emmanuel Macron  at   Les Invalides monument in Paris where he stood to  attention by the coffins of  13 French soldiers killed in Mali. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool

Emmanuel Macron will try to resuscitate ‘brain dead’ alliance at London summit

Tony Smurfit: ‘Our product is sustainable, recyclable, renewable and biodegradable.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

In Paris to receive a business award, Tony Smurfit talks about sustainable packaging, Brexit and France

Sinead Lonergan: “We crossed the €1bn  mark in sales to France for the first time in 2018”

The improvement in the French economy and growing awareness of France as an export market encouraged the setting up of the office

Director Ladj Ly after he shared the Jury Prize for Les Misérables at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, France. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty

Paris Letter: Poverty is the same but Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables makes France reckon with its banlieues

 Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, where 16 people were discovered in a sealed trailer on a ferry sailing from Cherbourg. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

French police say route may be easier as it is not covered by Touquet agreement with UK

Garda at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, onboard a Stena Line ferry after 16 people were discovered in a sealed trailer on the ship sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Two children among migrants found in truck trailer on Stena ferry

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

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