The state has hired an additional 3,347 civil servants since French president François Hollande came to office. Photograph: Reuters

The French government foresees another €18 billion in budgetary adjustments next year, with 80 per cent of this to come from spending cuts and the rem(...)

Police attend the scene of Adrien Anigo’s murder in Marseille on Thursday, the city’s 15th fatality in gang warfare this year. Photograph: Claude Paris/AP Photo

“Marseille is a city that eats its own children,” José Anigo told a French newspaper in 2011. Anigo played football for Olympique de Marseille (OM) fo(...)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes US President Barack Obama before the first working session of the G20 Summit in Constantine Palace in Strelna near St Petersburg, today. Photograph: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power declared this evening that the US has has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on S(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault makes the case for intervention in Syria on moral grounds during a parliamentary debate at the national assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French national assembly debate over military intervention in Syria turned preconceptions of a pacifist left and hawkish right upside down. The s(...)

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(...)

France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at the Hotel Matignon offices to attend a meeting with ministers and members of parliament in Paris September yesterday. France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria last night, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence(...)

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 (...)

Vélo city: summer fun on the Ile de Nantes, where Colm Keena’s mini-tour de France begins. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

This is no Tour de France or anything like it. I’ve hired a bike for 10 days and I’m heading from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire to the postcard-prett(...)

Former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac contradicted his former boss, finance minister Pierre Moscovici, at the tax fraud hearing. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The parliamentary commission investigating “dysfunction” in the government’s handling of the Cahuzac affair is in crisis after its conservative UMP me(...)

Gilles Bourdouleix: made remark after some 150 caravans camped illegally on land belonging to the town of Cholet, where he is mayor. Photograph: Frank Perry

The French political class has unanimously condemned Gilles Bourdouleix, a deputy in the national assembly and mayor of a town in western France, for (...)

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