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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(...)

Malahide Castle, the home of the Talbot family. James Talbot would inherit the castle in 1849 following the death of his older brother. Photograph: William Murphy/Wikimedia Commons

When we’re asked to picture a spy in our minds we often conjure up a tuxedo clad agent confidently navigating a world of megalomaniacs, futuristic gad(...)

French inventor Franky Zapata takes off on his Flyboard to cross the Channel. Photograph: Reuters

A French inventor failed in his attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on Thursday when he was knocked into the water as he (...)

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 (...)

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