Alain Philippe and Gérard Marchand, the deputy mayor and mayor of Brachay. “I’m not a racist, but you ask yourself if you’re in your own country,” Marchand says. Photograph: Anne-Elisabeth Crédeville

There’s a special place in Marine Le Pen’s heart for Brachay. The village gave the leader of the extreme right-wing Front National (FN) her highest sc(...)

An undated image of Belgian citizen Abdelhamid Abaaoud from Islamic State’s English-language magazine ‘Dabiq’.  (Militant photo via AP)

Abdelhamid Abaaoud (28) was the target of the French police raid on a building in Saint-Denis in the early hours of yesterday morning. He is believed (...)

French President François Hollande (centre) with Briton Chris Norman and Americans Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

President François Hollande on Monday awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honour, to three Americans and a Briton who overpowered a(...)

The Hotel-Dieu hospital where Sid-Ahmed Ghlam, a computer science student suspected of plotting attacks on churches and murdering a young French woman, is undergoing police questioning in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

An Algerian student of computer science has been arrested for plotting to attack one or two churches in Villejuif outside Paris, French authorities s(...)