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French president Emmanuel Macron addresses a meeting of some 600 mayors in Grand-Bourgtheroulde, Normandy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron was once a young man in a hurry. At the opening session of a two-month “great national debate” on Tuesday, the mayors of 600 towns and(...)

The shattered  window of Starbucks at Gare St Lazare in Paris, following a fourth week of protests against rising fuel prices.  The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse “yellow vest” activists. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Thousands of yellow vests gravitated towards the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday morning, with much of the city quiet as a ghost to(...)

John Dowling: “Adorable, always good-humoured and very, very intelligent”. Photograph: Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci/PA

It is not unusual to hear praise for the dead. But the praise yesterday from students and colleagues of John Dowling, the 66-year-old Irish lecturer m(...)

A student is arrested by police during a demonstration, on Monday, in Bordeaux, southwestern France.  Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

The atmosphere in France remained anxious and tense on Monday, as militants from the “yellow vests” movement called for further demonstrations in Pari(...)

US first lady Melania Trump and US president Donald Trump look on as  German chancellor Angela Merkel talks to French president Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018. Photograph:  François Mori

This was the image that the world would remember, President Emmanuel Macron said: 84 heads of state and government and international organisations mar(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has much to ponder as the European Commission, France and the Austrian presidency push for acceptance on an EU digital sales tax. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Goodbody Stockbrokers has upgraded its forecasts for the Irish economy, and is now predicting domestic demand growth of 6 per cent for 2018, up from (...)

US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris: “Europe must present a united front,” says Dr Merkle. “When France and Germany propose things, they have a good chance of happening.” Photograph: François Mori

Germany, France and Europe waited more than six months for chancellor Angela Merkel to form her new coalition government, which was confirmed on Wedne(...)

An SNCF train at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the hardline neo-communist union most strongly represented in the French railway company SNCF threatened a month-long strike on Monday nig(...)

Ian Bailey, a British citizen living in Schull, Co Cork, denies involvement in the murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Bailey on Thursday lost his court bid to have homicide charges against him dropped in France. However, his Irish solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said M(...)

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