Marie says she awoke to see her partner above her telling her he would smash her ‘head in’

France sees spike in calls to domestic abuse helpline during Covid-19 lockdown

Conor McGregor was held for questioning and later released without charge. Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA Wire/File

Former UFC champion held overnight following complaint and later released

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and French president Emmanuel Macron meet on the sidelines of a summit of seven Mediterranean countries in Porticcio, Corsica on Thursday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

French president attends Med7 summit in Corsica as tensions in Mediterranean escalate

French journalist Fabrice Nicolino, who survived the Charlie Hebdo shooting, is seen at the Paris courthouse in Paris, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

Wounded survivors testify in Paris detailing massacre which killed 12 of their colleagues

Police officers stand guard outside a Paris courthouse where 14 suspected accomplices in the Charlie Hebdo killings are on trial. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

Court rows over Covid-19 rules jar with graphic images and high emotions amid trial

People commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence agents at the Turkish embassy in Istanbul. Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman has rejected any responsibility for the murder. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s riveting page-turner chillingly profiles Saudi’s MBS

French president Emmanuel Macron  elbow bumps after handing over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the republic at the Pantheon in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Julien De Rosa/AFP/Getty

President promises new law to tackle ‘separatism’

French prime minister Jean Castex  presenting the  France Relance crisis recovery plan for the economy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

The EU’s recovery fund will finance 40% of the ambitious French programme

French president Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi president Barham Salih  greet each other with elbow bumps after a press conference at the presidential palace in Baghdad on Wednesday. Photograph: Murtaja Lateef/EPA

French president has promised citizens their sovereignty, but can he do it alone?

 Hooded gunman Chérif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi aiming Kalashnikov rifles at a police officer before shooting him dead after their assault on  the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on January 7th, 2015, in Paris. File photograph: Jordi Mir/AFP/Getty

Trial of 14 alleged accomplices in 2015 attack on satirical weekly scheduled to last for 10 weeks

An  equestrian club in Les Yvelines, west of Paris. There have been attacks on  dozens of horses, ponies and a donkey in France this year, causing the death of about 15 animals and mutilating as many others. Photograph: AP Photo

The animals are of all ages, and range from ponies worth a few hundred euro to a racehorse valued at €200,000

French president Emmanuel Macron: This week’s  visit to Lebanon will be about “pressure and engagement”. Photograph:  Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency

Century after France created Lebanon, president intervention appears to bypass EU

French president Emmanuel Macron: “This virus continues to surprise us.” Photograph: Christian Hartmann/EPA

Record 7,379 new cases of Covid-19 reported in France

Beirut port after the huge explosion that  rocked the city. More than 180 people were killed and 6,000 injured. File photograph: EPA

Paris Letter: Echo has come to encapsulate sense of foreboding on return to Beirut

French president Emmanuel Macron said that while ‘we are living through a time of crises’, the Covid-19 trouble is chief among them. Photograph: Getty

Leaders project image of European unity in an increasingly troubled world beset by crises

Pedestrians wear face masks in a congested street market in Lourges. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty

Between a fifth and a quarter of infections are occurring in workplaces

An injured victim is rushed from the scene of the car bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in Beirut in 2005. Photograph: Rorbert Schiller/The New York Times

Four low-ranking members of the Shia Muslim Hezbollah political party are accused of killing the former prime minister and 21 othe(...)

Turkish and Russian armoured vehicles  on  joint patrol of the M4 Motorway on the western outskirts of the city of Saraqib  in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Photograph:  Russian Defence Ministry\TASS via Getty

Patrick Cockburn’s section summaries help a poorly edited book of reprinted articles

A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of the explosion at Beirut port. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Lebanese must vote for leaders on the basis of merit and probity, not religious affiliation

Postcard “rue Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise” covered with the painting Tree Roots (1890) by Van Gogh,  copyright Arthénon.

Linked to rue Daubigny in Auvers-sur-Oise, Tree Roots is last canvas the artist painted

‘I watched Spike agonise for 48 hours before his vet admitted the case was hopeless.’

Paris Letter: Ordinary grief, including pet grief, continues through the pandemic

Anne Soupa being interviewed on the porch of the Église de la Madeleine. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

A group of Catholic women is demanding an end to discrimination in the church

French president Emmanuel Macron gives the thumbs up at a round table meeting during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/AP

Principle of mutualised debt, not the amount, is thing ‘that mattered’ for France

French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer speaks in the National Assembly on July 16th, in Paris. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities among French students

 French president Emmanuel Macron greets Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven as he arrives for a meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Push needed to overcome opposition of ‘Frugal Four’

President Emmanuel Macron  during the Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

Macron asks all citizens to wear face masks and says country prepared for a second wave

The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (Portsmouth), 1876, Tate London

The artist's paintings delighted and scandalised in equal measure

Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron and Nicolas Sarkozy meet at the French cup final in 2018 at Saint-Denis. Photograph: Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto

French president seeks political advice from a man dogged by scandals

Newly named French prime minister Jean Castex: President Emmanuel Macron appointed him as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by pandemic and lockdown. Photograph: Michel Euler

Macron reshuffled team to drive unity while fragmenting opposition in run to 2022

Edouard Philippe applauds his successor as French prime minister, Jean Castex,  during a handover ceremony at the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister, in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Jeanne Frank/Bloomberg

Jean Castex, ‘perfect clone’ of predecessor, tasked with helping Macron change direction

Former French prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope arrive at the Paris courthouse. Photograph; Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

Court hands down five years and €375,000 fine to politician who almost won presidency

Strasbourg city hall candidate for the ‘Strasbourg ecologiste et citoyenne’ list Jeanne Barseghian (right) of the Europe Ecologie les Verts (EELV) green party casts her ballot at a polling station in Strasbourg  during the second round of the French mayoral elections on June 28, 2020. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty

Europe Écologie Les Verts seize town halls in Besançon, Bordeaux, Lyon and Strasbourg

Macron has emerged as the primary defender of liberal democracy and multilateralism, at odds with populist nationalist clones across the continent. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Book review: William Drozdiak’s text is an essential guide to the first half of Macron’s term

Socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who is openly hostile to Macron, is virtually certain to be re-elected, after a disastrous campaign by the president’s LREM party. Photograph: Getty Images

Sunday’s elections will be chastening after a disastrous campaign by president’s LREM

French President will meet the 150 members of the Citizens’ Convention on Climate next Monday to respond to the far-reaching, 600-page report. Photograph: Eliot Blondet/Pool via AP

French president created convention in April 2019 in response to gilets jaunes revolt

French president Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath at the statue of  Charles de Gaulle at Carlton Gardens in central London on Thursday, marking the 80th anniversary of de Gaulle’s appeal to French people to resist the Nazi occupation. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

French president hoping to be seen as a modern-day de Gaulle as he eyes re-election

A protester holds a placard supporting BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) in Paris in 2015. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

ECHR overturns ruling by France’s highest court that peaceful protests were criminal

French president Emmanuel Macron in a televised address: Paris cafés and restaurants will be allowed to resume normal service, including indoors, on Monday.  Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

President celebrates ‘a first victory’ but warns that Covid-19 may return

French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe. A certain tension is inherent in the French system of a dual executive branch. Photograph:   Charles Platiau/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Edouard Philippe has thrived in recent crises and overtaken the president in popularity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immigrant communities try to break stigmas as they endure growing inequality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first anniversary of the cathedral blaze highlights parallels between catastrophes

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

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

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

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

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

Caravaggio Tableaux Vivants by Ludovica Rambelli Teatro.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religious gathering in Mulhouse megachurch was ground zero for French epidemic

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

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

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

Prime minister and health ministers pursued in court for alleged manslaughter

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

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

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

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

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

Experiment with chloroquine raises inordinate hopes and entices Trump and Bolsonaro

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carmen Castillo in Paris recently. Photograph: Andrew McLeish

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/EPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Griveaux withdraws from race after sex video posted on internet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Increasing gender diversity in companies increases profits, seminar told

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

Autobiographical book about child sexual abuse blows apart French literary world

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

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

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

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

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

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