French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath of flowers for VE day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP via Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago crowds massed in the streets of Europe, singing and dancing as their leaders announced the end of six years of bloody war. On (...)

 Last year Shannon Airport saw  its first annual falloff in numbers  since 2013, with 150,000 fewer travellers than in 2018. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis/Press22

Post-tax profits at Shannon Group, which operates Shannon Airport, rose 43 per cent to €21.6 million last year despite the first reduction in passenge(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/Pool via Reuters

“We are all embarking on the unthinkable,” says Emmanuel Macron, leaning forward at his desk in the Elysée Palace in Paris after an aide has cleaned t(...)

A transit police officer checks the temperature of a truck driver during a partial curfew ordered by the government in Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Photograph:  Johan Ordonez / AFP

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended our world, breaking laws we thought were immutable and exposing the unsettling fragility of a way of life(...)

General Charles de Gaulle speaking in Bruneval, France, in March 1947.  File photograph: Jean-Jacques Levy/AP

The first biopic of the last great Frenchman, titled simply De Gaulle, opened in French cinemas on March 4th. It focuses on events leading up to Charl(...)

  Mimolette is noted in France for the role of cheese mites in creating its distinctive rind and flavour. Photograph: iStock

The late Maeve Binchy used to make an art form of eavesdropping in restaurants, at home and abroad. One day in 1978, she was having lunch in the Frenc(...)

France’s Grégory Alldritt against England in Paris.  He is not the most powerful eight in the world, but he regularly finds a weak shoulder or gaps to make additional yards.   Photograph:   EPA/Yoan Valat

At the 2020 Guinness Six Nations launch, Fabien Galthié spoke of the French team’s desire to reconnect with the French public through shared emotions (...)

The Unesco-listed ancient Roman site in Baalbek, Lebanon:  lacks the  tourists such an attraction would draw  elsewhere. Photograph: Joseph O’Connor

I should have known when I contacted the Palmyra Hotel in Baalbek before my visit to Lebanon that, for the proprietors, it was business as usual. Afte(...)

The Nato alliance is riven by internal tensions, its members openly at odds over how it operates and what it should stand for. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

These days, the bar for success at a Nato summit is very low. The last gathering, in Brussels last year, ended in farce when Donald Trump mused out lo(...)

A videograb of Thierry Henry’s handball that led to France’s goal in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers play-off between France and Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Sky Sports

Everyone now knows that Thierry Henry’s handball in Paris was one of the most blatant crimes ever committed against international soccer, but I have t(...)

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