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Major globally-focused Irish multinationals were badly affected on Friday. Kerry Group fell 3.85 per cent to €115, while Glanbia was down 3.65 per cent to €10.65.

European shares ended the week down roughly $1.5 trillion in their worst weekly performance since the 2008 financial crisis as the rapid spread of cor(...)

Former French PM François Fillon and his  wife Penelope leave the courthouse surrounded by their lawyers in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

The trial of former French prime minister François Fillon and his Welsh-born wife Penelope on corruption charges was postponed on Monday “out of sympa(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron reviews the troops before delivering a speech about a EU defence strategy, at the Ecole Militaire, in Paris on Friday.  Photograph: Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS

France’s nuclear weapons strengthen the security of Europe, president Emmanuel Macron told officers in training at the École de Guerre on Friday. Fol(...)

The Aga Khan, for example, made five transfers totalling €19.99 million in March 2016, two into what appeared to be business accounts in Poland and three to accounts in Shenzhen and Taizhou in China

When the Aga Khan took a call from a man claiming to be the French defence minister requesting millions of euros for a top-secret government operation(...)

A man holds a placard reading “Retirement at the age of 55, for workers in the building sector and for the others” as he takes part in a demonstration in Lyon on Tuesday to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP via Getty Images

When confronted with domestic stalemate and strife, French presidents have tended to take refuge in foreign affairs. It is certainly open to Emmanuel (...)

French authorities have opened a corruption investigation into the circumstances that led to Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Valery Hache/Getty/AFP

French authorities have opened a corruption investigation into the circumstances that led to Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup. The investigation(...)

A poster stating “All on strike on December 5th” at the Bourse du Travail during preparations for a national strike against French government pension reform plans, in Nice, France. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

France is set to plunge into an open-ended, nationwide strike of unusual proportions as of 10pm on Wednesday. The action is expected to continue for d(...)

A man waits on a train platform  in Marseille beside a train belonging to the state-owned railway company SNCF. File photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The playwright Georges Courteline made French civil servants the object of ridicule in his 1893 play Messieurs les ronds-de-cuir, named after the roun(...)

Stung by the gilets jaunes revolt, the continuing rise of the far-right and the persistent slur that his La République en Marche is a purely bourgeois party, the president has made immigration a theme of his autumn agenda. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

In approaching immigration, Emmanuel Macron need only look to his immediate predecessors in the Élysée Palace to see how not to do it. One of the keys(...)

France’s president Emmanuel Macron: believes the far right must not be allowed to continue to monopolise the immigration issue. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP via Getty Images

Immigration is the most explosive issue in French politics, yet president Emmanuel Macron decided to make it a key theme this autumn. The National Ass(...)

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