Writer and lecturer Aurélie Filippetti   with Bono, who  was made  a “commander of arts and letters” during her tenure as François Hollande’s culture minister. Photograph:  Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty

Paris Letter: Scathing portrayal of Sarkozy and Hollande published as Socialists go bust

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who is also interim Interior Minister, reacts as he inspects the damage after flash floods hit the southwestern Aude district of France. Photograph: Reuters

The equivalent of up to four months’ rain falls in just six hours in south central France

Leader of France’s far-right National Rally (RN) party Marine Le Pen  with Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini: want  Eurosceptical, populist parties to obtain a blocking minority in  the Strasbourg assembly. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli

Right-wing populists forging alliances to target ‘those holed up in the Brussels bunker’

Delacroix: a detail from July 28, 1830: Liberty Leading the People. Courtesy of the Louvre, Paris

The painter fell in and out of favour with critics. A new exhibition shows his continuing relevance

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and French president Emmanuel Macron   at UN headquarters in New York last month. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Despite tensions president Macron still hopes to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran

French president Emmanuel Macron with Gérard Collomb, who has resigned from his role as  interior minister.   Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

French president has now lost the three heavyweight ‘ministers of state’ appointed after his election

French singer Charles Aznavour, who described himself as “100 per cent French and 100 per cent Armenian” Photograph: Christophe Ena/Pool/File Photo/Reuters

Paris Letter: Aznavour was determined, wise and persevering, in work as in love

French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour: died in his home in Alpilles in southeastern France. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/AFP/Getty

Paris-born singer with Armenian family origins wrote 1,300 songs up to his death at 94

French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with a youth in the Quartier Orleans during a visit to the French Caribbean island of Saint Martinon Saturday. Photograph:  Eliot Blondet/Reuters

Marine Le Pen seizes on ‘unforgiveable’ action of young man photographed with French president

French prime minister Edouard Philippe (R) shakes hands with French right-wing Les Republicains  party president Laurent Wauquiez, ahead of the debate on  Thursday. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt

Hard-right Republican leader and French prime minister in icy 20-minute exchange

French Government’s spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

President’s nascent party holds its line on core principle of being ‘viscerally pro-European’

Sophie Toscan du Plantier (above): her mother, Marguerite Bouniol, when asked if she would attend the trial, replied, “If I am still alive . . . We still want justice to be done, but the pain does not change. The pain is eternal”.

One last bureaucratic hurdle remains before the trial can be scheduled, say lawyers

Manuel Valls during a demonstration to support the unity of Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Manuel Valls wants to be mayor of Catalan capital having been outdone by Macron

'One of the chief arguments for abolishing the rule is that it is a waste of time. The average French child spends 80 hours learning it, without ever understanding.' Photograph: Getty Images

Paris Letter: No agreement on past participle as linguists try to get changes

French president Emmanuel Macron with Michele Audin, daughter of late Maurice Audin, as he leaves the home in Bagnolet of Josette Audin, widow of Audin, on Thursday. Photograph: Thomas  SamsoN/AFP/Getty Images

President’s admission France killed activist Maurice Audin provokes outcry from right

Emmanuel Macron: “A four-year-old from an underprivileged family knows half as many words as a child from an affluent family.” Photograph: Michel Euler/EPA

‘There is in every child a Mozart who is murdered,’ says president of poverty’s effects

Experience + Innocence: Bono on stage in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty

As part of the Experience + Innocence show in Paris U2's lead singer has lots to say on Trump, the perils of success and how he’s (...)

Adam Clayton of U2 and the band’s former manager, Paul McGuinness look at an English-Irish dictionary dating from 1768 as Irish College director Nora Hickey M’sichili looks on.

Bono meets President Macron while Adam Clayton visits Irish College

French rappers Booba (L) and Kaaris (R) sitting with other defendants in a courtroom at the courthouse of Creteil, near Paris on September 6th following a brawl at the Orly airport  last August. Photograph:  Benoit Peyrucq/AFP/Getty Images

Two rappers went on trial in Paris this week for turning a duty-free shop into a battleground

Esteban Morillo, one of three ultra-right wing activists charged with involvement in the death of anti-fascist militant Clément Méric, arrives at a Paris courthouse. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Network intended ‘massive, unforeseen’ retaliation to any further jihadist attacks

Emmanuel Macron with National Assembly speaker François de Rugy. Mr Macron replaced ecology minister Nicolas Hulot with Mr de Rugy on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Appointments fall short of dramatic changes that some in French president’s camp had urged

Seventy per cent of under-threes in Spain are not in child care

French president Charles de Gaulle (centre)  in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (modern-day Republic of the Congo) in 1958.

Paris Letter: Sixty years ago, General Charles de Gaulle created the Fifth Republic

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron: “The rise of extremes is almost a general rule, and France is an exception.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

French president takes flak over migrants, ecology and remarks about compatriots

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: was first arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in Evin Prison. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty

‘Courageous and respected’ Nasrin Sotoudeh has gone on hunger strike in Tehran prison

Outgoing French minister for ecology Nicolas Hulot: “I do not want to give the illusion that my presence in the government signifies we are up to the challenge.” Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Shock departure of Nicholas Hulot damages French president’s green credentials

Predictions that French president Emmanuel Macron would back down when he reformed the labour code and the SNCF railway system proved false. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French president ploughs on with reform agenda amid increasing disillusionment

A prize of €10,000 will be awarded in honour of the late Michel Déon, a French writer who lived in Galway for 40 years. File photograph: Lara Marlowe

French writer published more than 50 works of fiction and non-fiction in his lifetime

Rosie, in the bathroom that she built with her late husband. “I mixed the bricks and mortar with my husband and handed it up to him on the ladder,” she says. The 88 year-old woman, who fled a Dublin nursing home in 2016, has returned happily to the home she bought with her late husband in 1954

The story of Rosie sheds light on the plight of the estimated 1,000 people forced into homes

Delainey Schwarz, 8, Bella Burnwell, 10 and Emma Strong, 11, from Chicago, are among 10,000 musicians participating in the Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda this week. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Irish traditional music festival in Drogheda is planet’s largest with some 10,000 participants

 The Promenade Des Anglais’s vista is comprised of three harmonious and roughly equal parts: the turquoise and sapphire Mediterranean, the sky it is reflecting, and the bustling, palm-lined avenue against the backdrop of the city and mountains

Lara Marlowe reports from the Promenade des Anglais, now possibly the world’s safest seafront

Villa E1027 by Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray and Eilís O’Connell in an artistic dialogue across a century at villa E1027

Ian Bailey and partner Jules Thomas, with solicitor Frank Buttimer:  Mr Bailey says the fact retired gardaí were not obliged to contribute gave them “immunity in effect”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Pierre-Louis Baudey says he has ‘great confidence’ in French and Irish justice systems

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, whose body was found close to a laneway near her holiday home, in the isolated townland of Drinane, outside Schull, in Co Cork, two days before Christmas 1996.

Ian Bailey describes report into case as ‘wishy-washy’, leaving him ‘disappointed but not surprised’

British prime minister Theresa May and French president Emmanuel Macron. “I imagine Macron will tell Theresa May ‘we will be as constructive as we can, but Monsieur Barnier will tell you our position’,” said a European diplomat

May’s visit is the fourth high-level meeting between British and French officials in France in eight days

French president Emmanuel Macron flanked by Élysée former senior security officer Alexandre Benalla. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters

Interior minister washes hands of matter as Élysée security man fired over alleged assaults

Alexandre Benalla protecting Emmanuel Macron in Rodez, on  May 5th, 2017. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Alexandre Benalla fired over fraudulent police behaviour and misuse of video images

French president Emmanuel Macron: Contrary to his public image, Sophie Pedder says, Macron is capable of self-criticism. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson

Sophie Pedder’s new book profiles France’s president as an isolated, gutsy character

Mary Cassatt: critics have compared her Little Girl in a Blue Armchair to Balthus’s controversial Thérèse Dreaming. Photograph courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The painter is barely known in her adoptive country. A Paris show hopes to change that

President Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron have contrasting views on free trade. File Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Macron pleads for ‘strong multilateralism’ but US president eyes ‘easy to win’ trade war

“This decision is not only illegal, it’s an error on several counts,” – French President Emmanuel Macron responds to decision by US administration to impose tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports to US. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer / EPA

Trade wars lead to real wars, says French President Emmanuel Macron

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “His heroic gesture was an example for all citizens.”

Macron tells hero Mamoudou Gassama (22) that Paris fire department will hire him

Tents where migrants live in a makeshift camp are packed alongside of the canal Saint-Martin in Paris on  May 18th. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Officials at odds over fate of 2,500 sleeping rough in rat-infested camps

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

Portrait-painter Anthony Palliser on his friendship with Garech Browne, halcyon days at Luggala and his famous Irish subjects

Court artist sketch dated September 26th, 2017, by Elizabeth Cook of Ouissem Medouni (40) and his partner Sabrina Kouider (35) who have been found guilty of murdering their French nanny Sophie Lionnet. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Sophie Lionnet (21) was beaten, starved and tortured in weeks leading up to her death

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron in  in Versailles, May 2017:  at that press conference, Mr Macron said he would retaliate if Mr  Putin’s protege, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons. Photograph:  Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

French and Russian leaders to focus on Iran nuclear deal and ending war in Syria

Nearly a third of respondents to a survey by the IPSOS-Senior Association said their second greatest fear, after physical deterioration, was “social isolation and the loss of dear ones”. Photograph:  Stock image

Housing, shame and isolation among concerns in ‘Ethical Stakes of Ageing’ report

Bacchante with a Panther:  a nude woman in the style of Giorgione and Titian dangles a dead bird before a leopard ridden by a naked child.

The world knows Corot as a great landscape artist. He kept his figure paintings secret.

 Naomi Musenga died just hours after her distress call to emergency services was mocked by the operator, prompting a public outcry and renewed calls for more funding for health services. Photograph: AFP Photo/Handout/Catherine Fabing/Courtesy of the Musenga family

Naomi Musenga (22) called emergency services but operater laughed and hung up

France’s Emmanuel Macron and German’s Angela Merkel at the Charlemagne Prize ceremony on Thursday in Aachen. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French president’s Charlemagne Prize speech defies Trump and stakes claim on EU leadership

Iranians burn a photograph of US president Donald Trump during an anti-US demonstration outside the former American embassy HQ in Tehran, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

French president Macron proclaims determination to Iranian president over accord

Students  arm in arm during civil unrest in Paris on May 30th,  1968. Photograph:  Getty Images

Sorbonne protests 50 years ago ushered in a new era. Today’s students are ‘too busy’ to protest

Winning ways: Emmanuel Macron at his victory rally in Paris after being elected president, in May 2017. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

He’s charismatic, an economic success and a player on the world stage. But that’s not enough to impress the French

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron: “It’s not about friendship or being buddies  . . . Macron thinks he can say things to Trump, on climate change, on the Iran nuclear deal, that no one else can.” File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

French president will build on rapport with Trump and urge him to remain in Iran deal

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking at the European Parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

French president calls for defence of liberal democracy in European Parliament speech

Operation Hamilton: Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off for Syria on Friday night, from a military base in eastern France. Photograph: ECPAD/French Military via Reuters

French president keen to limit risk of retaliation and preserve Russian relations

French president Emmanuel Macron sits inside a classroom at a school in Berd’huis, west of Paris,  prior to a TV interview. Photograph: Yoan Valat/AFP/Getty Images

President defends proposed removal of automatic pay rises and tenure amid train strikes

Les Freres, rue du Docteur Lecene Paris, 1934, by Robert Doisneau

Artist’s work reminds us how much our world has changed and forms a tender memory of a romantic Paris

French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN)  gather outside the Super U supermarket in the town of Trebes, southern France, where a man took hostages on Friday morning. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

Redouane Lakdim (25) killed three people in series of terrorist attacks in south of country

People demonstrate to protest against French government’s string of reforms, on Thursday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 50,000 marched in Paris as part of civil servant and transport demonstrations

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy  leaves his house in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Former France president ‘mis en examen’ after release following two days in custody

Funding allegations: Muammar Gadafy with Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Photograph: Gamma-Rapho via Getty

Former French president questioned about allegations Libya funded 2007 campaign

 Regina Doherty: she and her Government colleagues “working very hard” to “put the facts on the table so that people can make informed decisions”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Regina Doherty says her previous opposition to legalisation of abortion ‘born out of ignorance’

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris: “Europe must present a united front,” says Dr Merkle. “When France and Germany propose things, they have a good chance of happening.” Photograph: François Mori

French and German leaders show solidarity in condemning ‘toxic nerve gas’ attack in UK

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty was curious to learn about French tax incentives to encourage citizens to have more children. File image:  Nick Bradshaw

‘If we do nothing on the provision of pensions, they are not going to be able to be paid,’ Minister says

Eva Illouz: ‘When you look at the women he (Trump) has been with, including a porn star, it is really about the crude exchange of money for sex and beauty.’ Photograph: Thomas Haley

‘Die Zeit’ newspaper listed her as one of 12 people ‘most likely to shape the thought of tomorrow’

Johnny Hallyday on stage at the Bercy venue in Paris, 2006. His  biological children  have launched a court action  ahead of a hearing on Thursday. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Over the past decade, the rock legend’s widow progressively took over his finances

Front National president Marine Le Pen: her far-right father says a proposed new party name “brings nothing new” and accuses her of “lacking imagination”. Photograph: Thibault Vandermersch

Rechristening of party as Rassemblement National deemed ‘political assassination’

Front National  president Marine Le Pen and former  Trump advisor Steve Bannon give a joint press conference during the French far-right party’s annual congress  in Lille, north of France. Photograph:  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

New name will remove ‘psychological brake’ for voters, Front National leader tells congress

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the 33rd annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France in Paris.  Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/Getty Images

Trump’s recognition an error France will not repeat, says president

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s memoirs are a journey into France’s tormented history, particularly the second World War and decolonisation.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Grand-daddy of Europe’s extreme right publishes his first memoirs and takes a parting shot at his daughter

An SNCF train at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

SNCF labour group threatens month-long strike as French PM pushes for change

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen during the 18 Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Thursday. She praised President Donald Trump and lambasted the Front National’s traditional bugbears, the EU and Islam. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen’s niece tells US conservatives at CPac: ‘We want our country back’

Michel Déon: the French writer and academician at his home in Co Galway in 2000. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Paris Letter: After months of political wrangling, Michel Déon is finally to be buried at Montparnasse

French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

Political regrouping required in European Parliament , French president says

Reclining Nude, Musée national Picasso, Paris

The year 1932 saw Picasso at the height of his fame and painting his most explicitly sexual work, fuelled by his torrid affair wit(...)

Benjamin Grieveaux served as spokesman for Macron’s presidential campaign, then gave up a seat in the National Assembly to hold a portfolio in the finance ministry before becoming government spokesman last November. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

‘He’s not satisfied with status quo. If you tell him something is impossible, he says it isn’t’

French president Emmanuel Macron talks to the president of the Corsican executive council, Gilles Simeoni,  after his speech at the Alb’Oru cultural centre in Bastia, Corsica. Photograph: Benoit Tessier

Tension with island’s nationalists over tax and language at French president’s speech

French president Emmanuel Macron greets Claude Érignac’s widow, Dominique, and  children Charles-Antoine and Marie-Christophine in Ajaccio, Corsica. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president adopts hard line against nationalists on anniversary of assassination

Salah Abdeslam sits surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the Palais de Justice courthouse in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Only surviving member of group that carried out attacks in 2015 refuses to answer questions

Injured in Calais: a migrant is helped after clashes near the city’s ferry port. Photograph: Johan Ben Azzouz/EPA

French aid charities and police blame each other for clashes in Channel port city

Ian Bailey, a British citizen living in Schull, Co Cork, denies involvement in the murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Solicitor responds as Bailey loses appeal to have homicide charges dropped in France

Fr Jacques Hamel celebrating Mass in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy. He was murdered there  on July 26th, 2016. Photograph: Paroisse Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray/AFP

Agency warnings of imminent church attack unheeded ahead of Fr Jacques Hamel’s death

French climber Elisabeth Revol (centre) poses with rescuers Denis Urubko (left) and  Adam Bielecki at the base of Nanga Parbat mountain in Pakistan. Photograph: Adam Bielecki

Elisabeth Revol was climbing with Kildare-based mountaineer Tomasz Mackiewicz

French budget minister Gérald Darmanin: police are studying an exchange of text messages which indicate that Sophie Spatz pleaded with him to write the promised letter. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty

Sophie Spatz alleges Gérald Darmanin coerced her into sex with promise of letter

Xavier Niel was the first in France to make an electronic box that combines internet, telephone and television services, through his company Free, in 1999. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

French billionaire Xavier Niel, who is poised to buy Eir, on his start-up campus, workplace diversity, Brexit, and digital taxatio(...)

Police have reportedly been called to supermarkets in France after a 70 per cent discount on Nutella sent shoppers into a frenzy. File photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

‘People rushed in ... it was an orgy!’: 70 per cent discount sends shoppers into a frenzy

If charges against Ian Bailey are maintained, Mr Bailey’s lawyer will file an appeal. If the decision to send Mr Bailey to trial is found invalid, lawyers for Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family will do so.

English journalist is appealing against decision to charge him in France with voluntary homicide of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Jawad Bendaoud, the man who allegedly lent his Paris suburb apartment to the suspected ringleader of the attacks on Paris, during his arrest in Saint-Denis in November 2015. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images/BFMTV

Man who lent jihadists flat appears in court in first trial linked to November 2015 killings

Simone de Beauvoir: “I loved Sartre, of course.”

Long after existentialist philosopher’s death, simmering rivalry links protagonists

The president of the French parliament,  François de Rugy,  with the president of the  German parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, before a meeting to mark the 55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

France and Germany mark treaty anniversary by calling for a ‘prosperous, competitive, more sovereign, unified and democratic Europ(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Euro zone reforms delayed by German domestic politics as chancellor visits Paris

French actor Brigitte Bardot expressed regret that the global debate sparked by allegations against  US producer Harvey Weinstein was “taking the place of important issues that could be discussed”. File photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Former film star says lots of women in industry are ‘teases’ who use sex to get roles

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

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