Children play under water jets in a fountain as they cool off during a heatwave in Nice in the south of France. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Thursday is believed to have been the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures rising above 28 degrees in the west. While the heat on Friday (...)

Workers protect a shop window with wood panels on the Champs-Élysées  on Friday ahead of  the eve of a protest by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French security forces will deploy armoured vehicles in Paris on Saturday in anticipation of more violence and rioting by radical groups on the fringe(...)

'One of the chief arguments for abolishing the rule is that it is a waste of time. The average French child spends 80 hours learning it, without ever understanding.' Photograph: Getty Images

As a native English-speaker who has constantly endeavoured to perfect her French, I have been delighted by a grammatical controversy raging in French (...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe addresses a session of questions to the government, at the National Assembly in Paris, on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

French prime minister Edouard Philippe has taken sides in the linguistic battle over “inclusive writing” that has raged for two months, since the acad(...)