François Fillon was expected to win the top office until it was revealed his wife had received some €600,000 for a fake job. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French national financial prosecutor has recommended that former conservative presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife, Penelope, be pr(...)

A man with a skateboard passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting yellow vest protesters inspired by the ‘La Liberte guidant le Peuple’ painting in Paris on January 8th Photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/Getty

“Death to the bourgeois state,” says graffiti left by gilets jaunes rioters next to a friend’s front door. My apartment looks on to the government min(...)

A couple performs a symbolic marriage with US Reverend Roger LaRade, during a gay parade in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP

The commission in charge of writing communist-run Cuba’s new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether a(...)

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(...)

A firefighter extinguishes a burning car during the yellow vests’ demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe today. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Several police vehicles were parked on the corner below my apartment building. Cops checked identity papers of pedestrians in my neighbourhood, where (...)

A masked yellow vest  protester on a scooter near The Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Élysées in Paris on Saturday evening. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Shouts of “Macron resign!” and “Macron get lost!” punctuated the booms from tear gas and water cannons on the Champs-Élysées on Saturday, as French po(...)

Ségolène Royal is a veteran of 30 years in French politics. She was the first woman in France to make it to the runoff in a presidential election. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

If there were a prize for sheer dogged indestructibility in French politics, Ségolène Royal would surely win it. The first woman to make it to the ru(...)

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 (...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Today is Day of the Girl – and it’s nothing to do with Father Ted’s lovely girls, or with calling grown women by diminutives. Let us hear none of the (...)

The candidates: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Peter Casey, Sean Gallagher and President Michael D Higgins

MICHAEL D HIGGINS Age: 77 Position: President of Ireland since 2011 Party: Independent Public life: Formerly a Labour Party TD and Senator. Minister f(...)

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