A waiter stands near a pile of rubbish bags in front of the Cafe de Flore in Paris on Wednesday, as a strike by garbage collectors continued. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Rubbish piled up on streets in parts of Paris and other French cities on Wednesday as strikes and pickets by waste treatment workers took a toll in th(...)

French police stand in front of CGT union members during a protest at a factory in Saint Amand les Eaux, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

If one judged only from the strikes this week, the showdown between the communist CGT trade union and the French government over the new labour law wo(...)

French police work in the wreckage of a school bus after it crashed into a truck killing at least six children, police said. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Six teenagers were killed and three others injured when their school bus was hit by a trailer lorry carrying rubble from a construction site in the Fr(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (C) stands on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Hollande had assumed airstrikes against Syria would be under way before today’s parliamentary debate on the issue. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

A parliamentary vote on French military intervention in Syria may be the only way for French president François Hollande to defuse the political crisi(...)