Ushers carry a distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Kigali. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days. The killings were planned and methodical, carried out by neighbours, b(...)

Rwandan president Paul Kagame: pointed to ‘the direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation of the genocide, and the participation of the latter in its actual execution’. Photograph: Evan Schneider/UN via Getty Images)

France has reacted with fury to Rwandan president Paul Kagame’s renewed accusations of direct French involvement in the 1994 genocide, on the e(...)

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault came clean on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

For two weeks, French socialists had been rubbing their hands with glee. In the run-up to the first round of nationwide municipal elections on (...)

Europe’s far-right challenge
  • Europe
  • November 18, 2013, 01:00

When the French magazine Minute last week ran a front page depicting Guyanan-born justice minister Christiane Taubira with the caption “Clever as a mo(...)

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira attends a parliamentary questions session at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has filed a lawsuit against the extreme right-wing publication Minute for “racist insults”. If convicted, its (...)

French president François Hollande launches France’s first World War commemorations at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Alain Jocard/Reuters

French president François Hollande yesterday launched France’s commemorations of the first World War with an appeal to the French people to pull toget(...)

French President Francois Hollande (L) escorts France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the Elysee Palace in Paris after the government seminar.

“The future is not what is going to happen but what we are going to do,” Hollande added, quoting the philosopher Henri Bergson.Hollande had asked his (...)

French interior minister Manuel Valls. Photograph: Reuters

Like Nicolas Sarkozy a decade ago, the French interior minister Manuel Valls is a media creature. He’s dominated headlines all summer, making a speech(...)

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