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Medical workers tend to a patient infected with Covid-19 at the intensive care unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital of the Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris. File photogaph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Bars in Paris have been ordered to close for two weeks, Madrid residents may no longer leave their city as governments struggle to contain a Europe-wi(...)

Wish you were here? While  countries across Europe are beginning to reopen their tourist markets, Irish people still have no idea if they are coming or going. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish holidaymakers who had hoped to see even an outline of their summer plans emerging from the fog of confusion created by the Covid-19 pandemic wil(...)

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

When France enters the second phase of its reopening next Tuesday, “liberty will at last become the rule, and prohibition the exception,” prime minist(...)

Rail workers of CGT union demonstrate in Hendaye, southwestern France against government plans to redesign the national retirement system. Photograph: AP Photo/Bob Edme

France will continue to be paralysed by transport strikes on Saturday, Sunday and at least through Monday, the Paris transport authority RATP and the (...)

A pile of rubble inside Notre Dame Cathedral today after the devastating fire overnight. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has given an address on television on the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, claiming the edifice will be reno(...)

Just an hour from downtown Manhattan, the Bear  Mountain Bridge, located in Bear Mountain State Park, New York, spans the Hudson River. Photograph: Getty Images

An hour from New York There is no better way to cope with jet lag after landing in New York than by getting straight into the sea. Not many people re(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who face a run-off election on May 7th for the presidency of France. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

So who cops the blame for this one? If those ghastly metropolitan liberals – with their snide, superior ways and smothering of the plain man’s right t(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls walks a corridor of Nimes’ remand centre, where where nearly 400 people live in a space with a maximum capacity of 192. Photograph: Getty Images

Prime minister Manuel Valls and justice minister Jean- Jacques Urvoas yesterday visited France’s most overcrowded prison, in Nîmes, where nearly 400 p(...)

TV weatherman Philippe Verdier was taken off air by the France 2 channel after writing a book in which  he pooh-poohed global warming and questioned the probity of the 830 scientists who comprise the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP

If you were the head of French state television and your leading weatherman started preaching climate skepticism in the run-up to the UN climate confe(...)

Marlene Dietrich met Ernest Hemingway on the New York-bound liner Ile de France in 1934 and went on to enjoy a lifelong friendship.

A surreal, graphic letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, in which the author addresses the film star as “Dearest Kraut” and imagines he(...)