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Woodrow Wilson, the 28th US president: the White House played down his Spanish flu, referring to the illness as a mere cold. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/ Getty

A deadly pandemic raged across the world. Millions had been infected. And suddenly the US president himself was hit by the virus. The year was 1919. (...)

A bank draft was sent to the Empress Eugénie in Paris and, following a discussion with a French organisation established to assist casualties, the committee also decided to form an ambulance corps. Portrait of Empress Eugénie by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1853

Ireland’s first halting attempt to alleviate distress abroad took place 150 years ago during the Franco-Prussian War. In 1870, the Second French Empi(...)

People wear face masks in São Paulo, Brazil amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/The New York Times

The number of confirmed deaths from coronavirus globally has topped 400,000, as the Chinese government released a report lauding its response to the p(...)

A cartoon depicting a uniformed Irish Volunteer (representing Ireland) being introduced to the Versailles Conference table by Uncle Sam. Other participants at the conference table are represented by stylised figures such as John Bull. Photograph: NLI

Every student of Irish history is taught that the War of Independence began on January 21st, 1919, with the ambush of a party escorting a cartload of(...)

Mary Hanrahan: ‘I try to live in the present and be grateful that I am so blessed.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

After initial uncertainty, retired school teacher Mary Hanrahan is feeling safe and content in her cocoon. The widowed mother of three, who is in her(...)

KEEPING CALM, KEEPING ACTIVE 1: Chill out with Ten Percent Happier Live We are living in anxiety-inducing times and it is vital that we take care of(...)

   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

New details have emerged regarding the Franco-Russian couple accused of publishing the sex tape that sabotaged the mayoral candidacy of Benjamin Grive(...)

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Life on the run is proving expensive for Carlos Ghosn.The cost of his escape included $14 million (€12.6 million) in forfeited bail money while the op(...)

The Eiffel Tower. Photograph: iStock

With more than 89 million visitors a year, France is officially the world’s most popular destination. There are almost countless reasons to visit, fro(...)

French former environment minister François de Rugy and his wife, journalist Severine Servat,  in Paris last week. De Rugy presented his resignation following a controversy about the alleged misuse of public funds. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

For Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, it was diamonds. For Roland Dumas, Berluti shoes. Now, into the annals of French political scandals goes François de Rug(...)

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