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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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

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Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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