French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to police officers and gendarmes in the Gendarmerie headquarters in Calais, northern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French president addresses each of the players in port town migrant drama

Marine Le Pen: said France was “a society where the law of armed thugs reigns”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Far-right leader blames sexual harassment on immigrants who ‘do not respect women’

Catherine Deneuve: ‘Heavy-handed or clumsy come-ons are not an offence. Nor is gallantry a macho attack.’ Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Women who denounce the ‘puritanical witch-hunt’ are out of touch, say younger critics

Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping stand to inaugurate the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council, in Beijing this week. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president's China visit again showed his ability to do business and hold his nose

French president Emmanuel Macron, right, greets Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Friday. Photograph:  Ian Langsdon/EPA

Macron and Kurz emphasise areas of accord rather than disagreement

Police car parked outside the Ritz luxury hotel in Pari after an armed robbery on Wednesday. Photograph: Samson Thomas/Afp/Getty Images

Five men wearing ski masks armed with guns and hatchets smashed the display windows

French president Emmanuel Macron has secured the presidency of the OECD ministerial Council for France for the first semester of 2018. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

French president hoping to stop companies booking profits through low-tax countries

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, is welcomed by French president Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysée Palace. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Turkish president Erdogan an awkward guest for the French president

A makeshift memorial near the headquarters of the French satirical weekly ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in Paris in January 2015  in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by Islamist terrorists. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Satirical weekly paying €1.5m a year for private security says state protection lacking

Police investigators look for evidence around a damaged truck whose windshield was smashed, on January 2nd in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Shocking attack on policewoman in city’s banlieues attracts condemnation

The village of Lignerolles in eastern France. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

The French affection for their little towns is tinged with guilt rooted in neglect

Emmanuel Macron: the French president’s political movement, En Marche!, is positioning itself to become a Europe-wide party. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

France’s pragmatist president is shaking up politics around the globe

A demonstrator holds a cloth hanger and a sign reading “Strong, proud, feminist and angry” during a protest for abortion rights in Paris. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Terminations and related expenses are covered by state with 211,900 performed in 2016

French environment minister  Nicolas Hulot (on the screen) speaking to OECD secretary general Angel Gurria (right)) and Mexico’s secretary of environment  Rafael Pacchiano (second right) during a session  of the One Planet Summit. Photograph: Getty Images

Absent US president Donald Trump haunts summit as US has left Paris climate accord

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and French president Emmanuel Macron: “France judges the recent statements by the US president as contrary to international law and dangerous for peace,” said Mr Macron. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Jewish capital casts chill over Franco-Israeli links

Gilles Simeoni,  candidate for the Pé a Corsica nationalist party, celebrates after December 3rd’s  first-round election results.  Photograph: Pascal  Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty

Pé a Corsica poised to win on island but independence from France still far away

Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest in the west Bank city Ramallah. Photograph: Shadi Hatem/EPA

French president has been quiet on Palestinian question but meets Netanyahu on Sunday

Elvis Presley of France: Johnny Hallyday in 2011. Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

‘It’s as if Paris lost the Eiffel Tower,’ one politician said after the rock star’s death

 French president Emmanuel Macron: France has sold €12 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, and €8 billion worth to Qatar. The sale of up to a dozen more Rafale fighter jets may be announced in Doha. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/EPA

French president has positioned himself as the foremost mediator in the Middle East

A customer uses a Bitcoin ATM in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator

Cryptocurrency facilitates crime and is part of ‘libertarian offensive’ – Jean-Michel Naulot

Albert Camus outside his Paris office in 1957. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Camus’s correspondence with actor Maria Casarès is the literary sensation of the season

Ségolène Royal  and Switzerland’s Bertrand Piccard. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Former presidential candidate still keen to use her influence from the Arctic wilderness

At the awards in Paris: Irish Ambassador Patricia O’Brien; Peter Lunden-Welden, CEO of Transdev Ireland; John Mullins, CEO of Amarenco; Minister of State for European Affairs  Helen McEntee; Joël Depernet, SVP Global R&D Axway; and French ambassador Stéphane  Crouzat.

Special award for effect on climate change goes to Luas operator, French firm Transdev

French prime minister Edouard Philippe addresses a session of questions to the government, at the National Assembly in Paris, on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Edouard Philippe urges ministers and staff not to use ‘inclusive writing’ in official texts

Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, with French president Emmanuel Macron on the steps of the Élyseé Palace in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier

Future of outgoing Lebanese prime minister uncertain ahead of return to Beirut

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte (centre rear) host a lunch with Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri (second right), his wife Lar (centre) and his son Houssam at the Élyseé Palace in Paris. Translator Yola Haidar is to Macron’s left. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Macron hosts Hariri amid tensions with Saudi Arabia over resignation as prime minister

The ‘Jungle’, Calais, in  November 2015.  The first 80 students were taken  from the camp in October 2016 and they were joined by 51 more students last month. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty Images

In 2016, Lille university invited people from the refugee camp to enrol. Is the ‘experiment’ working?

French president Emmanuel Macron is received by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, earlier in November 2017. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty

Saad Hariri’s Paris visit comes amid odd resignation and tense political situation

Tributes have been paid to Eimear Noonan from Co Clare who died while out running in southwestern France.  Photograph: via Facebook.

Principal pays tribute to ‘dynamic’ and ‘kind’ student teacher from Co Clare

Eimear Noonan, from Co Clare, who died while running in France. Photograph: via Facebook.

Teacher (21) from Co Clare was last seen in French town of Annonay on Wednesday

Prime minister and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, meets  French president Emmanuel Macron in Dubai today. Photograph: Dubai Media Office/Reuters

French president to mark anniversary with wreaths at Stade de France and Bataclan

On the throne: Emmanuel Macron in Paris shortly after his inauguration. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty

Analysis: Lara Marlowe on Emmanuel Macron’s first six months as president

A detail from Gilbert Alexandre de Séverac’s Portrait de Claude Monet (1865). Courtesy of Musée marmottan Monet, Paris

Monet collected works by Renoir and Cézanne among many others in his private art collection which a new exhibition is bringing it (...)

Emmanuel Macron: his reforms seek to impose high social charges on short-term contracts and offer lower charges for permanent jobs. Photograph: Etienne Laurent /EPA

They said it couldn’t be done but the president has completed the first part of his reforms

Franco-Irish alliance: Emmanuel Macron and Leo Varadkar at the Élysée Palace. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Macron and Varadkar are the EU’s ‘new leaders’. Do they really agree on its future?

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/EPA

French president says he will not lecture Sisi on human rights

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

Leaders discuss Brexit and also express agreement on protecting their agricultural sectors

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will issue a statement on Wednesday after he meets senior banking executives over the tracker mortgage scandal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne says the bank will ‘a fuller statement tomorrow’

France’s president Emmanuel Macron has promised to put digital taxation “at the top of the agenda” of the OECD ministerial conference next year. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Leaders to discuss eventual financial settlement with UK, citizens’ rights and Border

Inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel

‘Starchitect’ Jean Nouvel discusses his design for the immense gallery

Irish diplomat Rory Montgomery: “We have to make the best of it. There will be positives as well. We now realise as a country that we have to do more, more quickly, of what we should do anyway.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Enterprise Ireland’s Anne Lanigan sets out challenges at Embassy event

French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Selection of new Unesco director general was a diplomatic coup for French president

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Mélenchon calls EU flag ‘sectarian emblem’ symbolising Christian origins

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking in Frankfurt.  Mr Macron said  EU engagement with Catalonia would set a dangerous precedent. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

French president says he will not interfere in Spanish internal affairs

French strike: students demonstrate with public-sector workers on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Paris keen to keep opponents divided as unions mount lacklustre strike

Emmanuel Macron: Negative reaction over latest remark has snowballed into endless denunciations and front-page headlines. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Entire opposition accuses French president of ‘class contempt’ over latest gaffe

Thomas Klotz, French lawyer for Christine Rivière, a radicalised mother known as “Granny Jihad”. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French woman Christine Rivière (51) converted due to ‘fusional relationship’ with son

 Zoulikha Aziri, mother of Mohamed Merah, angered civil plaintiffs by blowing a kiss to her son in the court. Photograph:   Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Attacker's brother charged with complicity over the killing spree that left seven dead

French police and soldier secure a street near the Saint-Charles train station  in Marseilles. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Attacker who was known to police shot dead at main train station in French city

In a recent poll, 53 per cent said Macron’s economic policies benefit the rich most. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The tag ‘président des riches’ has stuck in a country that invented the guillotine

Franco-Italian summit: Emmanuel Macron reviews an honour guard in Lyons. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/EPA

The French president is now seemingly unstoppable on the international stage

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. By 2024, he wants  every student to speak at least two European languages. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president say that UK ‘may, if it wishes, return to its place’ in Europe

Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the European Union at the Sorbonne University on in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Strong appeal for convergence on corporate tax rates will raise alarm bells in Dublin

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, attends an official funeral ceremony for Lebanese soldiers killed in Islamic State captivity. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Former ‘mad general’ Michel Aoun has come to symbolise Lebanese co-existence to some

Marine Le Pen, French National Front leader, flanked by former vice-president Florian Philippot. Photograph: Charles Platiau/File Photo/Reuters

The vice-president of the far-right party was architect of party’s ‘dédiabolisation’ strategy

French president Emmanuel Macron signs documents to promulgate a new labour bill at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

President lowers sights from 90 to 50 seats, which could endanger his constitutional plans

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

For Merkel, ‘Macron arrived just in time, like Zorro’, says chancellor’s biographer

In an allusion to Donald Trump, Emmanuel  Macron said: “While some would like to stop, we must continue to advance, to go farther. Because global warming does not stop.” Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

American president emphasises US first, French president praises multilateralism

Hurricane Irma: President Macron on his way to St Martin and St Bart on Tuesday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/pool/EPA

Paris Letter: The French are struggling to make sense of their president

Workers demonstrate in Marseille, southern France, against changes to labour laws. Photograph: AP Photo/Claude Paris

Emmanuel Macron’s plans to change the labour code is not democratic, say opponents

Demonstrators gather in front of the war memorial in Toulouse to protest against French labour law reform. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

French president denounces labour reform critics as ‘slackers’ ahead of mass rallies

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the Pnyx hill in Athens on September 7th, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit to Greece. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Major Athens speech: Emmanuel Macron urges critique of last 12 years of EU history

A house reduced to rubble on the French-administered territory of St Bart, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Quentin Liou/AFP/Getty Images

Four dead and at least 50 injured as French president Macron promises to visit region

Emmanuel Macron: the right sees him as interventionist while the left portrays him as the “president of the rich”. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/pool/EPA

President’s work and housing reform plans raise hackles on left and right alike

Virginie Calmels and Laurent Wauquiez. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Hard right leader Laurent Wauquiez poised to take over conservative Les Républicains

French poet Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago this week. File photograph: Étienne Carjat/Getty Images

The poet, who died 150 years ago this week, retains significant influence and allure

A placard with a black ribbon is brandished on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, following the recent terror attack on the street. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty

Isis’s virtual planners are using social media to compel ‘lone wolves’ to commit atrocities

Brigitte Macron: ‘We have breakfast together, me with my wrinkles, him with his freshness.’  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

In an ‘Elle’ magazine spread, France’s first lady expounds on her unusual marriage

 Emmanuel Macron: he claims to be “neither left nor right”. Photograph:  Getty Images

French president wants to turn the euro zone into a more integrated body

A woman is evacuated from the Bataclan theatre after the terror attack in Paris on November 13th, 2015. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

At least 223 French people charged and imprisoned on returning from the war zone

Emmanuel Macron’s plummeting popularity results largely from his determination to comply with the EU’s 3% cap on deficit spending. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

With tumbling approval ratings, France’s president has experienced an unprecedented fall

Police work near the scene where French soliders were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, France, August 9, 2017. Photograph: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Suspect seriously injured during arrest after BMW earlier drove into soldiers in capital

  Brigitte  and Emmanuel Macron: Ms Macron is waiting for her situation to be clarified, as her husband promised during his presidential campaign. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

President may be torn between promise to define a role for his wife and public opinion

Irish painter Brian Maguire stands beside one of his paintings of devastated eastern Aleppo, after it was reconquered by Syrian government forces.

‘The Irish painter Brian Maguire’s giant canvases of eastern Aleppo are so real one feels one could walk into these streets of dev(...)

Somebody tries to revive a man who overdosed on heroin in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a hub for heroin addicts. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Policymakers warned of threat after opiate addiction kills more than half a million in US

Jeanne Moreau in New York, March, 2003. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Paris Letter: France mourns Jeanne Moreau, an actor of fierce intelligence

Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and French president Emmanuel Macron react after making a joint declaration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/EPA

French president tells Israeli PM ‘anti-zionism is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism’

French president Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with US president Donald Trump, next to Melania Trump, during the Bastille Day military parade in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Not even the US president’s comment about Macron’s wife’s body could dent the affair

Bonhomie: President Trump and President Macron in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Analysis: The showy bonhomie between the two presidents isn’t quite convincing

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron review troops during an arrival ceremony at Les Invalides, in Paris. Photograph:  Stephen Crowley

US president faces questions over Russia controversy during visit to France

T	wo Irish women are understood to have been injured in a crash in the in the Beaumont-en-Auge region (marked with red flag) in France. Image: Google Maps

Eight people injured in two-car crash in Normandy, local media reports say

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA.

The Minister says he is in talks on how Ireland can support French initiatives in the EU

French president Emmanuel Macron pays his respects to the late French politician Simone Veil, Holocaust survivor and pro-choice campaigner. Photograph: Retuers/Michel Euler

Holocaust survivor and first woman cabinet minister Simone Veil died last month

French prime minister Édouard Philippe delivers a speech at the National Assembly in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Édouard Philippe calls for ‘effort and courage’ in a no-nonsense policy speech

French far-right Front National (FN) party’s Member of Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks to  the press after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s Future: Despite setbacks, disillusioned millions still swell populist movements

Emmanuel Macron walks through the Galerie des Bustes  at the Château de Versailles on his way to address the joint houses of the French parliament, on Monday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Reuters

French president emphasises Europe and fighting exclusion in first major address

Emmanuel Macron’s official portrait. “He seems to be saying, ‘Over my dead body,’” observes a former cabinet minister. Photograph: Soazig de la Moissonniere

France’s youngest leader since Napoleon is being accused of monarchical drift

British prime minister Theresa May at the Élysée Palace in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Macron determined Brexit negotiations will not sidetrack his plan to relaunch Europe

French president Emmanuel Macron (centre) at a cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace: “The US loves freedom as much as we do. But they don’t share our taste for justice.” Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/Reuters

French president wants to ‘find the thread’ of European history to stop the rise of extremes

French president Emmanuel Macron  speaks with foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian: Mr Macron has achieved his goal of splitting the conservatives. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

French president plunged into first government crisis as four ministers step down

A rescue team work  near the wreckage of a burnt-out van following a crash on the A16 motorway, near Calais, northern France on Tuesday. The driver was killed. Photograph: Guy Drollet/EPA

Van hits barrier and catches fire, as aid bodies face growing hostility to migrants

French president Emmanuel Macron: has built his victories on French rejection of their political class. But he has not entirely transformed that rejection into support for his programme. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty

French president has made impressive start but big challenge is to motivate jaded voters

Police seal off Paris’s Champs-Élysées avenue. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Radicalised French Muslim (31) dead following incident on the Champs-Élysées

Emmanuel Macron  leaves his house to vote in Le Touquet, northern France, during the second round of the parliamentary elections, on Sunday. AFP Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Level of abstention breaks all records as 58 per cent of electorate fail to vote

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: pay rise of 6-7 per cent between 2018 and 2020 “offers the best way of being fair to our public servants”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Increased spending on infrastructure a top priority, says Minister for Finance

Gregory Villemin, who was found dead in the Vologne river in October 1984, with his feet and hands bound. Photograph: handout via Reuters

French prosecutors near a conclusion over the murder of a four-year-old boy in 1984

French president Emmanuel Macron  and British prime minister Theresa May:  aim “to strengthen the commitments and obligations of internet operators to delete any content promoting hatred and terrorism”.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French and British leaders meet in Paris and vow to curtail social media use by jihadists

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670-71 Oil on canvas, 72.2 x 59.7 cm National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

Agreement with the Louvre and National Gallery in Washington will see 10 Vermeers will be unveiled in Dublin

Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

The party of Mitterrand and Jaurès is set to lose 90% of its nearly 300 seats

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