French president François Hollande takes a question from a journalist at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President François Hollande was slightly more specific about his economic plans than about his private life at his press conference yesterday. (...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius welcomes US secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday at the foreign affairs ministry in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

After a day of bluster and indignation over the scale of US spying on French communications, the government today appeared eager to avoid a confrontat(...)

Only 73 French people have been interred in the Pantheon in Paris, more than half by Napoleon. “Pantheonisation” is one of the last privileges left to a French president, but like everything else, it has turned into a dilemma for François Hollande. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It was a day devoted to the quest for heroes, in an age that no longer seems to produce them. Three former prime ministers, six of France’s leading hi(...)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes US President Barack Obama before the first working session of the G20 Summit in Constantine Palace in Strelna near St Petersburg, today. Photograph: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power declared this evening that the US has has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on S(...)

Vélo city: summer fun on the Ile de Nantes, where Colm Keena’s mini-tour de France begins. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

This is no Tour de France or anything like it. I’ve hired a bike for 10 days and I’m heading from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire to the postcard-prett(...)

H anoi, capital of Vietnam, for years was one of the economic success stories of Asia, but lately it has been struggling to deal with sluggish economi(...)

People celebrate in the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, declared that his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, would emerge as winner of the election. Photograph:     Tyler Hicks/The New York Times.

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and today was heading for a third term as Pakis(...)

French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle,  spokesperson for “La Manif pour Tous” (Demonstration for All) group who protest against France’s legalisation of same-sex marriage, shouts at a demonstration in Paris yesterday.

The French parliament yesterday approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, a flagship reform pledge by president Fra(...)

French gendarmes in riot gear stand guard as gay marriage opponents wave a French flag after the Manif pour Tous (Demonstration for All) protest march against France’s planned legalisation of same-sex marriage near the Invalides in Paris. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The French parliament today approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children, a flagship reform pledge by President Fran(...)

Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles face off against riot police as they demonstrated for a recount of the votes in Sunday's election, in Caracas, yesterday. Photograph: Christian Veron/Reuters

Venezuelan president-elect Nicolas Maduro claimed today that opposition leaders who have called for protests following Sunday's presidential el(...)

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