Tour de France 2022: women’s race reborn as eight-stage route unveiled

Director Marion Rousse: ‘The races are jewels to cherish’ Men’s race takes in Denmark, cobbles and Alpe d’Huez The women’s Tour de France was reborn as the 2022 race route was unveiled in the Palais des Congrès in Paris on Thursday by the newly appointed race director Marion Rousse. The eight-stage race, which begins on […]

Kylian Mbappé sinks Spain to clinch Nations League for France

There in the madness was Kylian Mbappé, blood running cold. A game of control had gone crazy and that was where France won it, claiming the National league title by coming from behind at San Siro. Karim Benzema got the first, Mbappé the second, sliding the ball under Unai Simón to clinch victory on another […]

France calls on UK to ‘pay what it owes’ for policing Channel

Interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, says negotiations should begin for migration treaty between UK and EU The French interior minister has called for the start of negotiations for a migration treaty between the European Union and Britain. Gérald Darmanin also urged the British government to “uphold its promise” to finance the clampdown against migrants who gather […]

Theo Hernandez caps France’s fightback to stun Belgium in semi-final thriller

At least this time Belgium can say that they provoked a genuinely brilliant response from France. The last meeting between these countries begat rancour, with Belgium grumbling about the negativity of Didier Deschamps’s team after losing 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup semi-final. This time France were forced to attack after Yannick Carrasco and Romelu […]

France threatens to cut UK and Jersey energy supply in fishing row

French government pushing EU to take stronger stance in dispute over access to Channel waters The EU could hit Britain and Jersey’s energy supply over the UK’s failure to provide sufficient fishing licences to French fishers, France’s EU affairs minister has said. Clément Beaune, who is a close ally of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, […]

Australia told French submarine firm it didn’t have green light to proceed hours before deal cancelled

Letter, sent to Naval Group on 15 September, is at the heart of diplomatic rift between France and Australia Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia cautioned the French contractor – hours before the $90bn submarine deal was cancelled – that its achievement of a key contractual milestone did “not provide […]

A local’s guide to Menton, France: five great things to do

British aristocracy flocked here in Victorian times, but artist Fabien Gauthier is inspired more by its medieval buildings and the remnants of the swinging 1970s A specialist in trompe l’oeil art and frescoes ancient and modern, Fabien Gauthier has lived in Menton since 1972 Continue reading…

‘He’s so majestic’: Wally the walrus hits Iceland on tour of Europe

Experts hope he is resting and building up blubber reserves before returning to Arctic to look for mate When Wally the walrus disappeared after more than five months of appearances around the UK and Ireland, interspersed with visits to France and Spain, observers feared the worst. But after about three weeks at sea he re-emerged […]

Six key points from the McLaren Olympic boxing investigation

Richard McLaren’s report details bribes made to fix Olympic fights, an official threatened in his hotel room, and a thwarted cash-for-medals deal McLaren said he was now investigating 11 suspicious bouts that were likely corrupted as part of a “bout manipulation” scheme, which involved judges deciding beforehand who would win certain fights. Bouts under suspicion, […]

Macron in visa cuts row as Algeria summons French envoy

President accused of chasing rightwing votes by making sudden, tough gestures on immigration The Algerian foreign ministry has summoned the French ambassador for talks in “formal protest” against France’s decision to sharply reduce the number of visas granted to Algerian nationals, as opposition parties in Paris accused Emmanuel Macron of using the row to court […]

‘Every flavour is infused with sunshine’: a guide to the best food and drink in Corsica

From fresh seafood to wild boar and chestnut beer, Laura Millar celebrates the best cuisine to be found on Corsica The UK is currently on France’s amber list. For returning travellers, France is also on the UK’s amber list. For all current travel advice visit If you were to dream up the ultimate foodie […]

Hilltop towns and secluded beaches: why Corsica is the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret

The mountainous French island is a treasure trove of quiet coves, medieval citadels and turquoise waters The UK is currently on France’s amber list. For returning travellers, France is also on the UK’s amber list. For all current travel advice visit There are plenty of good reasons why millions of holidaymakers flock to the […]

From wingfoiling to desert hiking: why Corsica is France’s adventure capital

The island has more to it than just blissed-out beaches – adrenaline lovers will find a playground of activities from kiteboarding and kayaking to rock climbing The UK is currently on France’s amber list. For returning travellers, France is also on the UK’s amber list. For all current travel advice visit WingfoilingWingfoiling is basically […]

Could whistling shed light on the origins of speech?

Whistled languages exist on every inhabited continent – now some scientists think similar dialects could have preceded the spoken word For centuries, shepherds from the small village of Aas in the French Pyrenees led their sheep and cattle up to mountain pastures for the summer months. To ease the solitude, they would communicate with each […]

Coronavirus live news: UK death toll rises by 122; Ireland ends mandatory hotel quarantine

Ireland stops its system of mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers arriving in the country; UK records another 31,348 cases Britain’s Covid-era university students may suffer ‘impostor syndrome’ Dutch protesters march through The Hague against ‘corona pass’ See all our coronavirus coverage 10.36pm BST France will double the number of vaccine doses it will send to […]

Immersion tank study will explore impact of space travel on the female body

Experiment aims to address a gender gap where most space medicine research has been carried out on men It may sound like a prolonged spa break but when 20 women tuck themselves into a waterbed in the south of France for five days this week, it will be under the guise of a scientific study […]

If the UK’s energy suppliers were publicly owned, would we be having this crisis? | David Hall

In Germany, France and even the US, most energy is supplied by the state, and such challenges are more easily faced Government ministers say they will not bail out badly run energy supply companies with a poor business model. Bankruptcy is a natural part of business, and companies must be allowed to fail. But the […]

Tell us: how will you be affected by France’s new vaccine passport rules?

From 30 September, people aged 12-17 visiting France from the UK must present a vaccine passport to access most public places in the country From 30 September, people aged 12-17 visiting France from the UK must present a “passe sanitaire” (vaccine passport) to access most public places in the country. Previously, this was only required […]

The Guardian view on Europe after Merkel: problems managed, not solved | Editorial

The German chancellor has been an anchor of stability in turbulent times. Her departure raises big questions about the future When Angela Merkel’s successor is identified in elections this Sunday, that person will be the first new holder of Europe’s most powerful elected office for 16 years. The mere change of leadership will be a […]

Beach bars, sand spits and hot tub-style shallows: 10 of the best beaches in Corsica – in pictures

Boasting more than 620 miles of coastline, the island is home to some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches Find out more information about Corsica at The UK is currently on France’s amber list. For returning travellers, France is also on the UK’s amber list. For all current travel advice visit Continue reading…

Einstein’s handwritten calculations for theory of relativity to be auctioned for €3m

The rare document, which records attempts to explain an anomaly in the orbit of Mercury, is ‘a fascinating dive into the mind of the greatest scientist of the 20th century’ A crucial series of Albert Einstein’s calculations, scrawled down as the physicist struggled to account for an anomaly in the orbit of Mercury while developing […]

Rock oysters and crêpe bretonne: eight of the best dishes you can try in north-west France

You don’t have to head far into France to find some of the best examples of the country’s gastronomic delights • National restrictions may apply, please consult government advice before planning travel As the French epicurean and gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once wrote: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce qui tu es.” […]

‘We thought we were mates’: French ambassador laments subterfuge en route to Sydney airport

Jean-Pierre Thebault was angry about Aukus as he left Australia on Saturday night, saying: ‘It’s like in a couple, you know, when you commit … you don’t run away’ Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The French ambassador to Australia was in a car heading […]

Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador as Aukus fallout predicted to last years

Australia says it looks forward to engaging with France again but experts say submarine decision was ‘deeply humiliating’ for Paris France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia after Aukus pact Australia has said it “notes with regret” France’s extraordinary decision to recall its ambassador over the scrapping of a submarine contract – part of the […]

Notre Dame restoration ready to start as safety work completed

Restoration to start at the cathedral in the centre of Paris two years after a fire destroyed the attic and spire Work to shore up Notre Dame in Paris has been finished, allowing restoration to start at the cathedral two years after a fire destroyed the attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults […]

France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia after Aukus pact

First time France has recalled a US ambassador in alliance dating back to American revolution France has recalled its ambassadors to the the US and Australia for consultations sparked by the “exceptional seriousness” of Canberra’s surprise decision to cancel an order for French-built submarines and its security pact with Washington and London. The French foreign […]

The Aukus pact is a sign of a new global order | Rana Mitter

The deal has upset China, but it also binds the US into European security, in a world where Nato may be less relevant France is furious. Theresa May is worried. The announcement of the new Australia-UK-US alliance (Aukus) and the ditching of a previous French-Australian submarine deal has led France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, […]

Lib Dems: government treatment of migrants ‘shames our country’

Alistair Carmichael condemns home secretary Priti Patel’s policies on first day of party conference The Liberal Democrats have kicked off their annual conference with a trenchant condemnation of government attempts to return migrants arriving from France, saying Priti Patel’s treatment of refugees “shames our country”. In the one frontbench speech of an opening day otherwise […]

The nuclear option: why has Australia ditched the French submarine plan for the Aukus pact?

Just two weeks before the bombshell, senior ministers from both countries met and declared they were ‘committed to cooperation’. How did it all go so wrong? Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Just two weeks before France complained of being “stabbed in the back”, two senior French ministers met with their […]

Fire shuts one of UK’s most important power cables in midst of supply crunch

Coal plants being warmed up as market prices surge to £2,500 per MWh from a norm of £40 A major fire has forced the shutdown of one of Britain’s most important power cables importing electricity from France as the UK faces a supply crunch and record high market prices. National Grid was forced to evacuate […]