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The shattered  window of Starbucks at Gare St Lazare in Paris, following a fourth week of protests against rising fuel prices.  The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse “yellow vest” activists. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Thousands of yellow vests gravitated towards the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday morning, with much of the city quiet as a ghost to(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron   at a ceremony marking the centenary of the end of the first World War at  the Douaumont Ossuary cemetery  near Verdun. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AP

The forest of Compiègne opens onto a desolate glade, blanketed by fog on a recent autumn morning. Workers were draining the soaked earth and covering (...)

German prisoners taken during the ‘Hundred Days’ cycle of battles in summer 1918.

For the Allied armies, 1917 had ended on a grim note. Both the British and French armies had been badly damaged during their own offensives that year.(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s memoirs are a journey into France’s tormented history, particularly the second World War and decolonisation.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the grand-daddy of extreme right-wing movements in Europe, published the first, 400-page volume of his memoirs on March 1st. It is (...)

French police and soldier secure a street near the Saint-Charles train station  in Marseilles. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

A man shouting “Allahu Akbar” killed two young women with a butcher’s knife outside the Gare Saint-Charles in Marseilles early Sunday afternoon. Neit(...)

Cheerful French troops on their way to the offensive in April 1917

Having suffered enormous casualties during the defence of Verdun and in the big offensives on the Somme, the political leaders and commanders of the A(...)

American billionaire and philanthropist Thomas Kaplan put the world’s largest private collection of Rembrandts on show at the Louvre

Seventeen days before Thomas Kaplan and his wife Daphne put the world’s largest private collection of Rembrandts on show at the Louvre, a 29-year-old (...)

Members of the British Army’s  Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at the Thiepval Memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Friday. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/EPA

The leaders of Britain, France and Ireland honoured the victims of the Battle of the Somme yesterday in a moving and dignified ceremony on the 100th a(...)

Soldiers in a trench outside a dugout at Verdun in November 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On a train journey across north-eastern France during the first week of August 1926, Joseph Probst, a German Catholic peace activist from the Baden re(...)

Donegal town, in the south of the county, is a pretty market town that was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. Their ancestral home, Donegal C(...)

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