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

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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

A man waits on a train platform  in Marseille beside a train belonging to the state-owned railway company SNCF. File photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: The state’s 5.5m fonctionnaires are the butt of jokes and economic concerns

European Council president Donald Tusk and French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Élysée sees EU solidarity with Ireland as a shining lesson of benefits of EU membership

French president Emmanuel Macron participates in a ceremony at Paris police headquarters to pay respects to the victims of an attack on October 4th. Three police officers and an administrative worker were murdered. Photograph: Francois Mori

‘Responsibilities will be established. Justice will pass, as it must’

Mickaël  Harpon (45) was  shot dead by a policeman after he stabbed four colleagues to death in a frenzied attack at Paris police headquarters on October 3rd. Photograph: AFP/via Getty

Islamist cleared for access to all computers in police prefecture’s directorate of intelligence

France’s president Emmanuel Macron: believes the far right must not be allowed to continue to monopolise the immigration issue. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP via Getty Images

French president plans to clamp down on abuses in hope of winning over right-wing voters

Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur (90) and François Léotard (77), who was Balladur’s defence minister. File photographs: Jean-Pierre Muller and Marc Le Chelard/AFP/Getty Images

Edouard Balladur, François Léotard and Nicolas Sarkozy are involved in Karachi trial

A police vehicle drives towards police headquarters in Paris after a knife attack on Thursday. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP

Civil servant attacked woman supervisor and three male police officers with kitchen knife

Relatives attend the private burial  of former French president Jacques Chirac at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Putin and Clinton among dignitaries at funeral Mass for former president

Francis Bacon in Paris in 1987. Photograph: Raphael Gaillarde/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

The artist’s work is visceral yet beautiful, as a major new show in Paris makes clear

Gilbert Chikli: expected to face trial early next year for the elaborate “fake Le Drian” scam than netted scores of millions of euro from wealthy French figures.   Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty

Franco-Israeli fraudster Gilbert Chikli to go on trial for elaborate hustle of wealthy

French economist Thomas Piketty: ‘The profits of big global companies must be declared on a global level.’ Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

New books by Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz call for a more equitable capitalism

A 2006 file photograph of former French president Jacques Chirac. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Controversial politician was country’s second-longest-serving president, serving from 1995 to 2007

French pulmonologist Dr Irene Frachon with a photobook depicting portraits of ‘mediator victims’ as she arrives at court. Photograph: Getty

Servier accused of knowingly marketing Mediator despite apparent heart and lungs hazard

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, after a press conference ahead of their dinner at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Emmanuel Macron makes brief trip to Rome to repair ties damaged by Matteo Salvini

Joseph Stiglitz:  Expressed ‘shock’ that Ireland ‘turned down the €13bn from Apple’.

Argument that State dependent on multinationals simply ‘bogus’

Jeanne Calment, the world’s oldest person, poses for photographers on February 20th, 1997, in Arles,  France, a day prior to her 122nd birthday. File photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Jeanne Calment died in 1997, aged 122. New research has rejected claims she was a fraud

Mayor of Levallois-Perret Patrick Balkany  and his wife  Isabelle Balkany arrive at  a Paris courthouse on Friday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Patrick and Isabelle Balkany evaded over €4m in taxes between 2009 and 2015

Parisians appeared to take the disruption in their stride, resorting massively to online work from home, ride-sharing, cycling and electric scooters. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Paris transport severely disrupted as strike shuts 10 of 12 metro lines

President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand is the fourth-ranking official in the republic. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Richard Ferrand suspected of benefitting from former job as insurance firm director

Before and during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France’s President Emmanuel Macron held intense talks with UK prime minister Boris Johnson, US president Donald Trump. Sarria/AFP/Getty Images 1

French leader is demonstrating the ability to learn from his mistakes

 Women hold placards depicting victims as they march to denounce violence against women and femicide, in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

100 French women have been murdered so far this year, prompting government to act

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and UK Brexit secretary Steve Barclay in the audience at the Medef business conference in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg.

UK’s EU departure minister fears if backstop ‘triggered, we would be locked in it forever’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and UK Brexit secretary  Stephen Barclay at the Medef business conference at Longchamp racecourse in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Michael D’Arcy comments came as other Government Ministers declined to be drawn on plan to suspend Westminster

 French president Emmanuel Macron: “Look at India, Russia and China. Today, they have much stronger political inspiration than the Europeans.”  Photograph: Yoan Valat

President deemed to have ‘tamed’ Trump by placing him at centre of events

French president and G7 host Emmanuel Macron with US president Donald Trump and Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte during  the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau – Pool/Getty Images

Three-day summit ends in Biarritz with Donald Trump praising Emmanuel Macron as host

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron  shake hands as they hold a press conference on the closing day of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

G7 summit sees US president soften stance on Iran and China – and praise French wine

European Council president Donald Tusk  and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: US has pledged a big trade deal to Britain in wake of Brexit.  Photograph: Neil Hall

Trump resistant to Macron’s effort to mediate in crisis over Tehran’s nuclear capability

A cheering crowd on the Place de la Concorde during a parade on August 26th, 1944 to celebrate the Liberation of Paris. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

On the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris, symbolism is still as strong as ever

 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

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