In Dunkirk, northern France, buses were painted bright colours to mark the new free-fare system.
Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The first fare-free public transport system was set up in a suburb of Los Angeles in 1962. Bologna experimented with free transport in the 1970s, when(...)

Virginie Calmels and Laurent Wauquiez. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Laurent Wauquiez, the political heir of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and a representative of the hard right, is likely to be elected president of (...)

French regulators are emphasising the “freedom to provide services” across the European Union that Paris can offer. Photograph: iStock

French financial regulators have a simple message for UK-based businesses eyeing a move to the continent after Britain’s vote to leave the European Un(...)

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told  the annual meeting of the financial lobby Europlace: “We want Paris to become the leading financial centre in Europe.”

French finance, regional and national governments and the city of Paris showed a rare unity of purpose this week in attempting to lure bankers, broker(...)

Paris is trumpeting the lifestyle it could offer to London’s high financiers in the event of a Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Paris is preparing a warm welcome for City of London bankers that it says will have to move to the continent if the UK votes to leave the EU next mon(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday about the migration crisis. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Yesterday’s debate in the National Assembly regarding Europe’s migration crisis was surprisingly tepid, considering that immigration is the most explo(...)