French skyscraper climber Alain Robert, popularly known as the “French Spiderman”. Photograph:  Thomas Samson / AFP/ Getty Images)

Image of the week: Total spider What better way to spend a Monday than scaling the Total tower in Parisian business district La Défense? That’s what “(...)

 Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Adelkhah Fariba believe they are being held as political hostages.  Photographs: Thomas Arrive/Sciences Po/AFP via Getty Images/Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade/PA

A British-Iranian citizen imprisoned for four years has said she will go on hunger strike in solidarity with another dual national being held in Iran.(...)

A Fiat Chrysler car plant in Turin.  Photograph: Marco Bertorello

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot maker PSA Group are aiming to sign a formal agreement next week to combine and form the world’s fourth-biggest car manufactu(...)

 A woman holds a poster reading “We are all concerned - Stop Femicides” during a rally against femicide led by  feminist movement Nous Toutes (All of Us) as they march against gender-based violence and sexual harassment against women, in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday to protest against domestic violence in the wake of the (...)

Under the proposal, shareholders of each company would own 50 per cent of the combined entity, the people said. Fiat investors would receive a dividend of €5.5 billion.

The board of French carmaker PSA Group has approved a plan to merge with Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a combination that would cr(...)

The potential merger   could create a $50 billion (€45 billion) car giant. Photograph:   Getty Images

Talks between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA over a potential tie-up that could create a $50 billion car giant gathered pace on Wednesday, with (...)

Despite objections raised by the French government, a paper to be agreed on Monday circulated among member states suggests the EU will accede to the UK’s request for a further three-month delay. Photograph: iStock

The EU is ready to sign off on a Brexit extension to January 31st, 2020 with an option to leave earlier if a deal is ratified, according to a leaked d(...)

 Boris Johnson  in Downing Street, London this week. File photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

Boris Johnson described himself as “a bit of a Europhile” and his Euroscepticism as “a bit of fun” in private comments to Ireland’s former EU commissi(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty: ‘The profits of big global companies must be declared on a global level.’ Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz are celebrity economists with a mission to bend capitalism from its liberal, deregulated, inequality-generating tra(...)

Seven Irish, one Briton and 42 French died when the Betelguese went on fire at Whiddy Island in Co Cork in 1979 while a Dutch diver died later during the salvage operation to bring the death toll to 51. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

A group representing the relatives of the 51 people who perished in the Betelgeuse Disaster in West Cork 40 years ago have urged people to support the(...)

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