High tea with the richest kings of Europe?

I’ll admit I was nervous about Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts (Wednesday, BBC2). When you’ve ascended to televisual godhead status like the ageless Berr(...)

Champagne: maisons have a surplus stock of about 400 million bottles. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP Photo

In the champagne vineyards of France, the season of ripening, plumping and sweetening of the grapes ready for harvesting at the end of August, known a(...)

Toners Pub in Dublin serves food and has reopened. ‘Wet pubs’ must stay closed, the Government said on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

In the absence of a vaccine, policymakers have had to rely on controlling consumer behaviour to halt the spread of coronavirus. No matter how some mig(...)

Children wearing plastic face visors in class at Kinugawa Elementary School in Nikko, Japan. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Schools all over the world closed their classrooms and sent children home in the early days of the pandemic. Many have returned, many are preparing to(...)

The share price of IAG, the owner of Aer Lingus,  has lost 66% of its value since the start of the year. Photograph: Frank Grealish

Aer Lingus owner IAG is set to issue shares at the end of the summer in a bid to raise up to €2.5 billion to keep the business afloat and avoid a bail(...)

French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer speaks in the National Assembly on July 16th, in Paris. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images

France’s government, students, teachers and parents agree on one point: 2019-2020 has been a lost school year. Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer(...)

President Emmanuel Macron  during the Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron wants to make the wearing of face masks obligatory in all indoor public places from August 1st, he said on Tuesday in(...)

Newly named French prime minister Jean Castex: President Emmanuel Macron appointed him as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by pandemic and lockdown. Photograph: Michel Euler

The first cabinet meeting of a new French government that leans heavily to the right will take place at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. The cabinet ann(...)

Édouard Philippe arrives for a meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Édouard Philippe has been replaced as France’s prime minister after seeing the country through the coronavirus crisis, as president Emmanuel Macron em(...)

Up to 60 per cent of the usual capacity will be allowed inside Roland Garros for this year’s postponed French Open. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty

Up to 60 per cent of the usual capacity will be allowed inside the Roland Garros grounds for the 2020 edition of the French Open amid the Covid-19 cri(...)

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