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

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

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