Bars in Paris before and after Covid curfew – in pictures

On Saturday, Paris went under a night-time curfew that will last at least a month. France has reported another record for new coronavirus cases, with more than 32,000 registered in 24 hours Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A bar on the Rue de Seine Continue reading…

‘I heard the doctor was drunk, and my world fell apart,’ says grieving mother

Parents of Xynthia Hawke speak out after trial in France hears how anaesthetist botched ventilation during caesarean Hanging in Clare and Fraser Hawke’s Somerset home is a photo of a group of people standing outside, eyes closed and faces tilted to the sun. “Every time I look at it, I think of Xynthia,” says Clare. […]

Storm Alex brings flooding and devastation to south-eastern France – in pictures

Flooding from record rains in a mountainous region of France and Italy has killed two people and left at least nine missing. Storm Alex ravaged villages around the city of Nice on the French Riviera, sweeping away roads and damaging homes. The storm moved across south-eastern France before hitting northern Italy Continue reading…

New Caledonia rejects independence from France for second time

Secessionists say they will take their campaign to third referendum in 2022 Voters in the French territory of New Caledonia in the south Pacific have narrowly rejected – for a second time – a proposal to break away from Paris, choosing to remain loyal to the French republic in a nationwide referendum. But campaigners for […]

Prayers and criticism as public figures react to Trump Covid news

Sympathy for president and first lady but coronavirus diagnoses no surprise, say some Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Politicians and other public figures in the US and around the world have reacted to Donald Trump’s Covid diagnosis by offering well-wishes, while some pointed out that the president had repeatedly downplayed the […]

Airborne jubilation at the Women’s World Cup: Rob Cianflone’s best photograph

‘I was about to shoot Alex Morgan, captain of the USA team, celebrating – when Kelley O’Hara flew in, fists clenched and ponytail up in the air’ The key to a great sports shot is timing … and a lot of luck. There might be an amazing shot about to happen and then a player […]

What lessons can Europe learn from Sweden’s Covid-19 experience?

Experts say that while contested ‘light touch’ response warrants study each country must find right approach for them Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage EU governments that locked down are increasingly emulating the one that did not, but experts warn that Sweden’s Covid approach, relying more on voluntary compliance than coercion, will […]

The Kent border: I have a secret plan to reunite our divided country – and it involves traffic jams

A de facto border can only mean one thing: seven-mile tailbacks. And no one, whatever their political persuasion, is in favour of that There is to be a new land border with Kent. Technically, it isn’t a border; it is just that lorries won’t be allowed into the county from the rest of England unless […]

‘Totally awakened’: how tragedy has left Italians alert to deadly virus

Memory of crammed hospitals lingers in adherence to Covid rules and Italy is faring better than others Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Morena Colombi, from Truccazzano, a small town near Milan, was among the first people in Italy to test positive for Covid-19 and knows only too well the impact of […]

Risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain – a photo essay

For three weeks, two teams from Agence France-Presse followed Walid, a Kuwaiti, Falah, an Iraqi, and his two daughters, from the town of Grande-Synthe in northern France to Dover via the choppy waters of the Channel. Photographs by Sameer Al-Doumy. Text by by Clement Melki, Sameer Al-Doumy, Thomas Bernardi with the London bureau Sameer Al-Doumy […]

Fantastic beasts: an artist’s imaginative home makeover in France

Artist Kristjana S Williams has used the walls of her home as another canvas, letting a menagerie run riot The artwork hanging on the walls of Kristjana S Williams’ house pales beside the walls themselves: there are giant murals featuring tropical birds, oversized leaves, green vistas, and ferns that snake up from floor height to […]

‘I needed to stand up’: young refugees learn to take on MPs and the UK media

The voices of young asylum seekers have been absent from the debate over their futures – until a charity decided to teach them public speaking Naqeeb, a 20-year old refugee from Afghanistan, has watched with increasing dismay the reaction of politicians and journalists to the people who are risking their lives attempting to reach the […]

France: senior military officer suspected of spying for Russia

Defence minister confirms security breach that may have supplied sensitive documents to Kremlin The French government is investigating a senior military officer over a “security breach”, the defence minister has said, following a report the person was suspected of spying for Russia. “What I can confirm is that a senior officer is facing legal proceedings […]

Armed robbers take £8m after attack on security van in Lyon

Loomis chief executive calls robbery ‘an audacious attack, right in the city centre’ Robbers in the southeastern French city of Lyon have stolen €9m (£8m) in an armed attack on an armoured security vehicle. It is believed to be the biggest cash heist in France since notorious robber Toni Musulin in 2009 made off with […]

The UK economy in August: sales jump but tough choices lie ahead

As the national debt breaches the £2tn mark, here is our snapshot of what is happening ‘Eat out to help out’ fuels UK economic recovery in August Frances O’Grady: act now to avoid mass unemployment Daily new coronavirus infections peaked in early April and fell between May and early July. Since then there has been […]

Tell us about your return to the UK from countries on the quarantine list

The number of places which people need to self-isolate after returning from is growing. Share your experiences We would like to hear from people about their experiences arriving at UK airports, ports and train stations from countries on the quarantine list, such as Croatia, France, Spain and Luxembourg. Continue reading…

100 years, 100 women: female artists celebrate the right to vote

The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment has inspired an exhibition of work reflecting on and celebrating a major step forward for US women’s rights In 1998, New York artist Renee Cox created Chillin’ with Liberty, where the artist photographs herself sitting atop the Statue of Liberty. Made with an early version of Photoshop, it […]

British travellers: how have you been affected by the France quarantine decision?

We would like to hear the experiences of those who are returning to the UK early The UK government has confirmed that France would be removed from the UK’s travel corridor safety list, following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. The decision will mean holidaymakers arriving into the UK from France, after 0400 on Saturday […]

Pat Cleveland: the model who partied with Warhol, lived with Lagerfeld – and took on Vogue

She received death threats as a young model, but that didn’t stop her. She refused Muhammad Ali’s proposal, inspired Dalí and set up her own agency – then became an artist In the late 60s, Pat Cleveland was one of the most popular models in New York, working with the best-known photographers: Irving Penn, Richard […]

Is uncertainty about quarantine rules affecting your holiday plans?

We’d like to hear from UK travellers who are thinking of changing plans because of growing uncertainty around new Covid cases There is speculation that France may be removed from the UK’s travel corridor list as the number of Covid cases have risen sharply in recent days. UK ministers are said to be monitoring the […]

Meet David: born in France, raised in Belgium, facing removal to the DRC

He grew up in Brussels and dreams of a career in fashion, but hardline laws make him an asylum seeker in his own country ‘We want to build a life’: Europe’s paperless young people speak out When David (not his real name) walked into the headquarters of the Belgian immigration department to apply for asylum, […]

‘People don’t want to fly’: Covid-19 reawakens Europe’s sleeper trains

Overnight services in Europe had seemingly hit the buffers but pandemic has revived demand Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage For all their promise of romance and adventure, Europe’s sleeper trains had appeared to have reached the end of the line. Cripplingly expensive to run and forsaken by travellers for budget airlines, […]

Beyond sourdough: the hobbies that helped readers cope with lockdown

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, Guardian readers tell us what pastimes and skills they’ve discovered – and rediscovered – during the pandemic During lockdown, my husband and I have taken daily walks in the countryside that have kept us sane and given us a break from the monotony of confinement. Along the way, I […]

‘They scavenged scraps’: the Britons rounded up by the Nazis in occupied France

Descendants of the 3,000 British internees and their families recount one of the war’s forgotten episodes The soldiers and gendarmes came early – so early that some of the people they took were still in pyjamas. In the first days of July 1940, barely a week after the armistice, few had been expecting the first […]

Maryse Condé: ‘An English author can reach the heart of a Caribbean child’

The Guadeloupe-born novelist on discovering prejudice in France, making sense of the world when you’re elderly, and the power of Wuthering Heights Maryse Condé was born in Guadeloupe in 1937, earned her MA and PhD in comparative literature at Paris-Sorbonne University and went on to have a distinguished academic career, becoming professor emerita of French […]

How to make the perfect flammekueche – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s Perfect

AKA tarte flambée, flammekueche is a Franco-German version of pizza, with almost as many versions. Luckily, our resident perfectionist has tried more than her fair share … Flammekueche (flammeküeche, flammeküche, flammenkueche and flammenküche are also permitted by France’s Le Robert dictionaries) is a traditional speciality of the Franco-German borderlands, Alsace-Lorraine on one side, Baden-Württemberg and […]