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Mayor of Levallois-Perret Patrick Balkany  and his wife  Isabelle Balkany arrive at  a Paris courthouse on Friday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Isabelle Balkany, the 71-year-old deputy mayor of the affluent Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, faltered as she approached the bench and asked permis(...)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: “Love of the Land” is a dark, brooding essay she wrote about her visits to Ireland. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP

Before she was murdered, Sophie Toscan du Plantier wrote an essay titled “Love of the Land” about her visits to Ireland. She signed it with her maiden(...)

Ian Bailey, who has repeatedly denied having any involvement in the murder, refused to attend the French trial. File photograph: Collins

The Paris high criminal court has convicted Ian Bailey of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder, more than two decades after her badly beate(...)

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts in Dublin in 2015. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prosecutor Jean-Pierre Bonthoux said there was “overwhelming” evidence that Ian Bailey murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier in his summing up at the cl(...)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier and her son Pierre-Louis, who has grown into a self-assured family spokesman

The murder of a French woman in west Cork dominated the news at the end of 1996. I spent the holidays in Dublin and still remember the moment I first (...)

Emmanuel Macron, centre, near Notre Dame cathedral last Monday. That afternoon, the president had recorded an address to the nation, which was to have been broadcast at 8pm. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

The flames that devoured much of Notre Dame Cathedral last Monday night also destroyed president Emmanuel Macron’s meticulously constructed communicat(...)

A pile of rubble inside Notre Dame Cathedral today after the devastating fire overnight. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has given an address on television on the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, claiming the edifice will be reno(...)

Coming up in this Saturday’s Irish Times, Bernard-Henri Lévy talks to Lara Marlowe and Ian McEwan is interviewed by Jonathan McAloon. John Boyne write(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool via Reuters

On the last day of his state visit to France, Chinese president Xi Jinping met with president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Jea(...)

Children at the al-Hawl  camp, which is saturated by civilians fleeing Baghouz, the last pocket in Syria held by Islamic State. Photograph: Laurence Geai/Le Monde

Unlike many western European countries, the State has taken a relatively benign approach to the question of what to do with jihadists returning from S(...)

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