A man waits on a train platform  in Marseille beside a train belonging to the state-owned railway company SNCF. File photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The playwright Georges Courteline made French civil servants the object of ridicule in his 1893 play Messieurs les ronds-de-cuir, named after the roun(...)

Fighters and veterans  march in front of the UN headquarters in the northern Kurdish Syrian city of Qamishli during a protest against Turkish threats. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepared to attack(...)

 Women hold placards depicting victims as they march to denounce violence against women and femicide, in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The counsellor on the 3919 hotline argued with the gendarme for a quarter of an hour, vainly trying to persuade him to accompany the battered wife hom(...)

A mural  depicting Steve Maia Caniço, who went missing after a police raid on a music festival  in Nantes last month, and whose body was found in the Loire river on Monday. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

For 38 days, from Steve Caniço’s disappearance in the early hours of June 22nd until his body was identified on Tuesday afternoon, the young man’s fri(...)

Former environment minister François de Rugy and his wife,  journalist Séverine Servat. Rugy resigned   following revelations by news website Mediapart about sumptuous private dinners paid for by public funds. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

A pile of giant red lobsters on a silver platter, surrounded by champagne bottles and glittering crystal, destroyed the career of environment minister(...)

Francois De Rugy with his     journalist wife Severine Servat: the environment minister quit following a week of reports   about his high spending on   dinners and costly renovations of his ministerial residence. Photograph:  Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

France’s environment minister resigned on Tuesday following a week of reports by an investigative website about his high spending on private lobster d(...)

A woman admires Maurice the rooster as he sits in the arms of his owner, Corrine Fesseau (not pictured),  in Rochefort, western France, on July 4th. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

The fate of Maurice the rooster will be announced in Rochefort district court, in the Charente-Maritime department of western France, on September 5th(...)

President Michael D. Higgins greets Gérard Larcher, president of the Senate of France, at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Ireland offers a lesson for Europe in not falling for populism, the president of the French Senate has said. Gérard Larcher, who is second under the(...)

 Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right party Rassemblement National,  casting her vote during the European elections in Henin Beaumont, northern France. Photograph:  EPA/Thibault Vandermersch

Marine Le Pen’s populist nationalist Rassemblement National won the EU parliamentary elections in France with 23.3 per cent of the vote, according to (...)

People outside Saint Sulpice  participate in the Chrism Mass as part of Holy Week, as bells ring in tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Bells rang all over France in a magnificent homage to Notre Dame cathedral at 6.50pm on Wednesday, 48 hours after a devastating fire broke out in the (...)

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