The Guardian : France
15h08 24  février
Boris Johnson ’a liar’ who will blame Brexit costs on Covid, says diplomat
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
Sylvie Bermann, former French ambassador, puts PM’s handling of pandemic alongside Donald Trump’sBoris Johnson is an unrepentant and inveterate liar who feels he is not subject to the same rules as others, Sylvie Bermann, the former French ambassador to the UK during the Brexit vote, says in a...
Vincent van Gogh Paris painting from 1887 to make public debut
Jon Henley
Scène de rue à Montmartre has been part of same French family’s private collection for more than a centuryA major Paris work by Vincent van Gogh that has been part of the same French family’s private collection for more than a century is to go on public display for the first time since it was...
Meatless school menu sparks political row in France
Jon Henley in Paris
Temporary decision by Green mayor of Lyon to take meat off menu met by protestsA decision by the Green mayor of Lyon, seen by many as the country’s culinary capital, to temporarily take meat off the menu in school canteens during the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a major political row in France...
18h56 23  février
Gérard Depardieu charged with rape and sexual assault
Agence France-Presse
French star is being investigated over an incident with a female actor at his Paris home in 2018The French actor Gérard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, allegedly committed in 2018 against an actor in her 20s.An initial investigation into the rape accusations against the 72...
Prototype Covid test delivers results three times faster than lateral flow
Jon Henley in Paris
Test developed in France is as accurate as PCR test and does not require lab processingCoronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrench researchers have developed a coronavirus test that they say delivers results three times faster than rapid lateral flow antigen tests with -...
16h21 22  février
The 120 Days of Sodom: France seeks help to buy ’most impure tale ever written’
Alison Flood
Tax breaks announced for companies who pay for manuscript by the Marquis de Sade, valued at 4.5m The French government is appealing for corporate help to acquire the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s notorious The 120 Days of Sodom, valued at 4.5m ( 3.9m), for the National Library of France....
Covid pandemic leaves Europeans more likely to believe conspiracy theories - study
Jon Henley Europe correspondent
Survey of people in France, Germany, Italy and UK shows high level of belief in conspiracy theories - with mistrust highest in FranceCoronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA year of the coronavirus pandemic has left many Europeans markedly more fed up, more pessimistic, more...
Daft Punk, French electronic music duo, split up after 28 years
Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo do not explain end of collaboration that produced hits including Get Lucky and One More TimeDaft Punk, the French duo whose sci-fi aesthetic and euphoric sense of pop transformed electronic music, have split up.They announced the split with a YouTube...
French search for British hiker may be postponed until spring
PA Media
Police say all possible investigations’ into whereabouts of Esther Dingley in France carried out without resultFrench police say they will probably have to wait until spring to continue the search for a British hiker who went missing late last year in the Pyrenees.Esther Dingley, 37, had been...
09h40 21  février
It’s so unfair’: life on the streets of the French town branded as lost to Islam’
Kim Willsher
Mayor of Paris suburb labelled an extremist centre says stoking division will not help his townThe HairCoiffure salon on Rue Jean Jaurès, a short walk from Trappes station, is offering a cut-and-blow-dry for women at 18 ( 15.50) and 15 for men, a banal observation at the centre of the latest...
18h30 19  février
The Guardian view on sharing vaccines: protecting others protects us Editorial
It is in everyone’s interests for richer countries to ensure supplies are distributed more equitably Coronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCan naked self-interest achieve what a sense of justice has signally failed to do? Perhaps. Friday’s G7 meeting offers some hope that, at...
Luxury brand Hermès reports ’remarkable’ rise in sales in Asia
Zoe Wood
French fashion house pays staff 1,250 bonus after strong end to 2020 despite Covid restrictionsThe French luxury house Hermès has reported a remarkable near-50% jump in sales in Asia as wealthy Chinese shoppers flocked to buy its colourful silk scarves and ultra-expensive handbags.The Parisian...
21h08 18  février
Man sentenced to death in Algeria for beheading of French mountaineer
AFP in Algiers
Hervé Gourdel’s murder in 2014 was claimed by Islamist group linked to Islamic StateAn Algerian court has handed a death sentence to a jihadist for the kidnapping and beheading of a French mountaineer six years ago, after a high-profile one-day trial.The 2014 murder of Hervé Gourdel was claimed by...
Macron proposes vaccine sharing plan as UK prepares to host G7
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
French proposal comes after accusations wealthier nations have ordered more than they needCoronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Britain prepares to host the G7 club of wealthy nations on Friday under the chairmanship of Boris Johnson, the French president, Emmanuel Macron,...
Suspected jewel thieves who made millions in daring scams held in Paris
Sam Jones in Madrid
Group posed as wealthy buyers using sleight of hand and fake money to steal diamonds and a classic car Diligent research, a counterfeiting expert, an identical box and nerves as hard as the diamonds they stole helped a gang of audacious jewel thieves and con artists scam their way across Europe,...
Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance as US shows intent for direct talks
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
Biden administration’s willingness revealed in joint statement by US, UK, France and GermanyThe future of the Iran nuclear deal is hanging in the balance as the US acknowledged for the first time that it is prepared to hold direct talks with Tehran over how both sides can come back into strict...
French ex-minister jailed for rape and sexual abuse of staff member
Kim Willsher in Paris
Georges Tron found guilty at appeal trial of town hall assaultA former French government minister has been sentenced to jail after an appeal court convicted him of the rape and sexual abuse of a staff member at the town hall where he is mayor.Two former municipal employees had accused Georges Tron,...
15h40 17  février
Jean-Claude Carrière obituary
Ronald Bergan
French screenwriter best known for Diary of a Chambermaid, Belle de Jour and The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieOne of the tenets observed by the screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who has died aged 89, was that the scenario is created when you and the director establish a near telepathic...
15h21 16  février
Unseen work by Proust announced as thunderclap’ by French publisher
Sian Cain
The Seventy-Five Pages, out next month, contains germinal versions of episodes developed in In Search of Lost Time and opens the primitive Proustian crypt’For everyone who decided to bite the madeleine and read all 3,000-odd pages of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time during lockdown, what’s...
Will Macron’s new commission face up to all of France’s colonial atrocities? Femi Nylander and Rob Lemkin
Femi Nylander and Rob Lemkin
Filming for the BBC in Niger, we were told by many Nigeriens that we were the first ever to come and ask about their historyDuring the French presidential campaign of 2017, Emmanuel Macron told a young Algerian that colonialism was a crime against humanity . His mailbox was immediately filled...