We could forgive Nicole Kidman for coming across like a mildly ambulatory waxwork in this already notorious hagiography if she were, at least, coming (...)

A poll published this month showed French support for EU membership has dropped 16 percentage points in a decade, from 67 per cent in 2004 to 51 per cent at present. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Disillusionment with Europe has grown across the EU but the phenomenon is particularly marked in France, which prides itself on being the cradle of th(...)

Raising taxes: President François Hollande. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Of the many insults levelled at France’s tax-and-spend policies, it is the cruellest. The phrase “sick man at the heart of Europe” was coined for the (...)

A Roma child looks at French police standing guard as Roma families are evicted from an illegal camp near the Var river in Nice, southeastern France. There are only 20,000 Roma in France but they are highly visible in shanty towns around Paris, Lille and Lyon. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French officials discreetly applauded the British prime minister David Cameron’s proposals this week to restrict immigration from poor EU countries. I(...)

Irish Cadets at Arlington Cemetery for John F Kennedy’s Funeral, 1963. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

The weather in Washington was cold and crisp, and the 26 Irish Army cadets were not thinking about the watching world. They just wanted to ensure t(...)

Ryanair and British operator easyJet said they would have to cut about 30 per cent of French flights as a result of the one-day protest over plans for changes to air traffic control practices at European level. Photograph: Paolo Cocco/Reuters

Flights to and from France face disruption today due to a strike by air traffic controllers that has prompted Ryanair, easyJet and Lufthansa to scale (...)

The base pension of French senators on retirement is €4,382 per month. They enjoy free transportation by air, rail and taxi.

The French national assembly is often accused of being a rubber stamp for the executive. Less so the senate, which has repeatedly clashed with politic(...)

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(...)

Helmut Kohl and Konrad Adenauer in 1967. Photograph: Reuters

The roots of modern German politics don’t lie in the sandy soil of Berlin but in a white house on a hill in Rhöndorf, a pretty village across the Rhin(...)

Jean Monnet: envisaged placing the French-German coal and steel industry under the control of a “higher authority”

Jean Monnet was born in 1888 in Cognac in southwestern France, where his father was a dealer in the spirit to which the town has given its name. He le(...)

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