News Remains of cars at the partially destroyed village of Oradour-sur-Glane, south-western France, where German SS Nazi troops massacred 642 people on June 10, 1944

Oradour-sur-Glane has been deliberately left untouched as a permanent memorial to the 642 people slaughtered there on 10 June 1944

Book review: Mitterrand. A Study in Ambiguity, By Philip Short

A penetrating study of a president that captures his extravagant complexities

Passengers wait for a flight at Marseille-Provence Airport

UK flights hit for second day as air traffic controllers continue strike in France

Travellers faced further upheaval today as flights were cancelled following continued strikes in France.

Hessel emigrated to France when he was eight

France's spirit of resistance, Stéphane Hessel, dies at the age of 95

Stéphane Hessel, the French resistance hero, diplomat and writer who became an icon of anti-capitalist protests, died today in Paris.

Merkel and Hollande's date with destiny – and they insist the chemistry is working

France and Germany marked half a century of post-war partnership with celebrations and grand displays of unity in Berlin today despite serious differences over a common vision for the future of Europe and its single currency.

President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined in a celebration of unity on Sunday

France and Germany renew vows

The French and German leaders joined in a celebration of unity on Sunday, hailing a relationship that has brought peace to Europe for 50 years but is suffering its most serious crisis to date.

"Subversive" newspaper crossword stirs Venezuela

A veteran Venezuelan crossword-writer has been accused of hiding a coded message to assassinate President Hugo Chavez's brother in the latest surreal twist to election year politics in the South American nation.

A Day That Shook The World: the Liberation of Paris

On 25 August 1944, following four years of occupation, Paris was finally liberated from Hitler's control.

Former French President Chirac to stand trial

After years of claiming presidential immunity to avoid legal proceedings, Jacques Chirac is finally facing a court.

It's not just the UK – the Continent is suffering too

Airports were closed, motorists were stranded, football matches were cancelled, politicians were blamed.... Britain? Yes, but the picture was the same in almost every other European country.

Anglo-French deal rewrites military history

Britain and France will today announce a landmark defence alliance ranging from military operations in land, sea and air to nuclear weapons.

Marine le Pen: Mightier than her père?

Daughter of the Right lays out for John Lichfield the future course of a party she says was 'misunderstood'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets Prince Charles on wartime broadcast anniversary

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a symbolic visit to London today to mark the 70th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's radio broadcast urging his nation to resist the Nazi occupation of France.

Sarkozy seeks to railroad his grand vision for Paris

Go-ahead for ambitious scheme to bind capital's centre to troubled suburbs

Simon Calder: Air France tragedy calls for real risk assessment

By Tuesday morning, media intrusion of grieving relatives at Paris's main airport had become so intensive that Air France felt obliged to send a message to editors: please keep reporters and camera crews away from the hotels around Charles de Gaulle.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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