Alima Doumbouya from France. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alima Doumbouya never felt different before she moved to the Basque country in southwestern France in her early 20s. Growing up in the Parisian suburb(...)

Driver John Carroll gets ready to  leave  Dublin for  Germany.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

It’s a Saturday afternoon in Mulhuddart, west Dublin and lorry driver John Carroll is packing up for his two-day, six-country journey to Germany. Eve(...)

Dash McCarthy in front of the Eiffel Tower

The only time my eight-year-old son has ever fallen down the stairs was when he was a baby and my wife had left us home alone for the first time to go(...)

Paris could set up a park for nudists as early as next summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Paris could set up a park for nudists as early as next summer, in a possible first for a capital city, in a country that is the world’s top destinatio(...)