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A soldier stands next to a dead body covered with a blue sheet on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in Nice. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A red ambulance, its lights flashing, sped down the road and jerked to a stop. The driver jumped out, asking, “Where are the wounded?” “We only have (...)

French police officers stand near the van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd on the French Riviera town of Nice on Thursday. Photograph: AFP

Vivienne Clarke Dubliner Stephen Milton who is on holidays in Nice, said most locals and tourists had immediately thought a traffic accident had take(...)

Alpha jets fly over the Arc de Triomphe leaving a red, white and blue trail during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

In this week when France celebrates Bastille Day, a day in history that ushered in a new European order, it is worth remembering the perhaps apocrypha(...)

In Lyon, they couldn’t resist humming the oddly mesmerising “Go Gareth McAuley, Go Gareth McAuley”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As the Northern Ireland caravan travels through France the supporters leave their songs behind them. In Nice, locals on the street were picking up on (...)

A man clad in a Darth Vader mask wields smoke flares during a demonstration against the French government’s planned labour law reforms in Marseille, earlier in June. Photograph: Getty Images

The extreme violence of Tuesday’s protest march against France’s new labour law has precipitated a showdown over the holding of two further demonstrat(...)

There was no doubt in my mind that the people who were frolicking around Sandycove in straw boaters and blazers were the very same kind of people who drove the young Joyce out of Dublin, and would have been quick to condemn him if he returned.

For a long time, I hated Bloomsday. Not because of any hostility to James Joyce – on the contrary, I have always considered myself to be a bit of a Jo(...)

Lutz Bachmann, co-leader of anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

From Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent, Cork 27 May 2016 The controversial German founder of the anti-Islamist group, Pegida, Lutz Bachmann has acc(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: Spoke of the necessity of “preparing the population for a threat which, let there be no doubt, will strike again”. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

“The struggle against jihadism is the great challenge of our generation,” French prime minister Manuel Valls said on Monday when he presented the gove(...)

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who faces calls for expulsion from the Britrish Labour party. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The recent calls to expel former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the British Labour Party have created a worrying alliance between those who use acc(...)

French  police officers, military personnel and rescue helpers attend an exercise simulating a chemical terrorist attack in view of the Uefa Euro 2016 soccer championship  in Toulouse, southern France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

In the wake of jihadist attacks that killed 148 people in France last year, and in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football championship that will bring m(...)

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