Writer and lecturer Aurélie Filippetti   with Bono, who  was made  a “commander of arts and letters” during her tenure as François Hollande’s culture minister. Photograph:  Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty

While waiters at the Senate restaurant hovered over Aurélie Filippetti, calling the former culture minister madame la ministre, the Socialist Party wa(...)

Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

“The Berezina of the Socialist Party” was the term widely used to describe the defeat of the former ruling party in Sunday’s French legislative electi(...)

Benoît Hamon wants to legalise cannabis and euthanasia, recruit 40,000 more teachers and make France more welcoming to refugees. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/EPA

With Benoît Hamon’s unexpected victory in the first round of the Socialist presidential primary, the left of the party has punished President François(...)

Protesters march on the headquarters of the employers’ federation Medef in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of part-time workers from the French entertainment industry, known as intermittents du spectacle (...)

Detail of Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photograph: JMN/Cover/Getty Images

France’s culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti, took an emphatically negative position yesterday in the growing controversy over whether Paris should l(...)

Firemen inspect the damage after a fire at the Hotel Lambert on the Ile Saint Louis in Paris. The palace was bought in 2007 by the emir of Qatar’s family: Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The fire that ravaged the 17th-century Hôtel Lambert, the most important private mansion in Paris, early yesterday has been widely described as a cata(...)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso speaks at a news conference before the start of a G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Arriving in Lough Erne yesterday, President François Hollande said he “did not want to believe” that European Commission president José Manuel Barro(...)

The door display of LG’s smart refrigerator with Smart ThinQ technology is seen at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8th, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

France is preparing to tax smartphones, tablets and all other internet-linked devices to help fund the production of French art, films and musi(...)

French junior minister for European Affairs Thierry Repentin: in just three weeks he has mastered the intricacies of negotiations with the European Parliament and Commission. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Thierry Repentin has been on a fast learning curve since he was appointed junior minister for European affairs on March 20th. In three weeks, R(...)