A demonstrator holds a cloth hanger and a sign reading “Strong, proud, feminist and angry” during a protest for abortion rights in Paris. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

There are two types of abortion in France. Voluntary abortion is legal without restrictions until the 12th week of pregnancy, while the medical inter(...)

 Marine Le Pen,  leader of far-right Front National. She denounces dire forecasts as fear-mongering by her opponents. Photograph: Mathieu Cugnot/EPA

There will be no jubilant crowds waving blue-and-gold European flags and singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in French streets on Saturday to mark the 60th(...)

Historic Catholic cathedral  Notre Dame de Paris: the controversy over using French churches as mosques is polarising politicians, intellectuals and media

The conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles blames Dalil Boubakeur, rector of Paris’s Grand Mosque and president of the French Council of Muslims, for t(...)

Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African empire, after crowning himself in 1977. Photograph: Pierre Guillaud/AFP/Getty Images

He was the Nero of equatorial Africa, the ogre of Berengo. Jean-Bedel Bokassa has been dead for 18 years, but even as the Central African Repub(...)

A Roma child looks at French police standing guard as Roma families are evicted from an illegal camp near the Var river in Nice, southeastern France. There are only 20,000 Roma in France but they are highly visible in shanty towns around Paris, Lille and Lyon. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French officials discreetly applauded the British prime minister David Cameron’s proposals this week to restrict immigration from poor EU countries. I(...)