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French president Emmanuel Macron told the Economist that “we are currently experiencing . . . the brain death of Nato” and Europe “must regain military sovereignty”. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The mostly ageing audience of academics, defence officials and parliamentarians were not the sort of people one associates with exuberance. But the mo(...)

French senators voted to impose a new tax that will affect about 30 companies, including US groups Alphabet, Apple, Facebook and Amazon

US president Donald Trump has instructed his most senior trade official to investigate French plans to tax large technology companies, as US officials(...)

President Michael D. Higgins greets Gérard Larcher, president of the Senate of France, at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Ireland offers a lesson for Europe in not falling for populism, the president of the French Senate has said. Gérard Larcher, who is second under the(...)

French senators attending a session in the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron failed to repeat a landslide in French senatorial elections on Sunday, his centrist party winning less than 8 per cen(...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius (bottom left) reacts as deputies applaud  at the National Assembly in Paris on Wednesday.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The National Assembly approved French president François Hollande’s constitutional revision on Wednesday by a vote of 317 deputies for, 199 against a(...)

Minister Frances Fitzgerald: wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child beauty contests are a theft of childhood, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has told the Seanad.(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”. Ms Fitzgerald said the very (...)

Phoebe McCallan (left), overall winner, and Bryony Way (8) with their mothers Hayley Way and Michelle Watts, all from Portsmouth, England, at the Universal Royalty pageant, which was held at Corrigan’s pub in Castleblayney. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A controversial US child beauty pageant could be making its return to Ireland later this year. Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant made head(...)

A call has been made in the Seanad for the Houses of the Oireachtas to support a ban in Ireland on child beauty pageants.Jillian van Turnhout said in (...)