Napoleon is part of us, Macron tells France after row over anniversary

President seeks to strike balance as he marks 200 years since emperor’s death by laying wreath at tomb Emmanuel Macron has marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, telling France the controversial former emperor “is part of us”. The French president laid a wreath at Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides in Paris […]

Global heating pace risks ‘unstoppable’ sea level rise as Antarctic ice sheet melts

World faces ‘abrupt jump’ in pace of ice loss around 2060 unless emissions reduced to meet Paris agreement goals, study warns The current pace of global heating risks unleashing “rapid and unstoppable” sea level rise from the melting of Antarctica’s vast ice sheet, a new research paper has warned. Unless planet-heating emissions are swiftly reduced […]

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study

Rise is a 0.2C improvement on previous forecast but still substantially above goal of Paris climate agreement New climate targets announced by the US and other rich nations in recent weeks have put the world on track for global heating of about 2.4C by – the end of the century, research has found. That is […]

New UK ambassador to France means women hold all key postings

Menna Rawlings is UK’s first female appointee to Paris role, joining women representing others in G7 Women are to hold UK ambassadorships in all the world’s key postings after the role in Paris was given to Menna Rawlings, the first female appointee in British history. It means women will represent Boris Johnson’s government – which […]

World will lose 10% of glacier ice even if it hits climate targets

Exclusive: loss is equivalent to more than 13,200 cubic kilometres of water or 10m Wembley Stadiums Visualised: glaciers then and now A tenth of the world’s mountain glacier ice will have melted by the middle of this century even if humanity meets the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to figures compiled exclusively for […]

France planning to allow use of algorithms to detect extremism online

Macron under pressure to harden terrorism laws amid growing row over security in run-up to election The French government is planning to harden counter-terrorism laws, permitting the use of algorithms to detect online extremist activity, amid a growing political row over security in the run up to next year’s presidential race. The president, Emmanuel Macron, […]

Protests in France as man who killed Jewish woman avoids trial

Decision not to try Kobili Traoré over 2017 killing of Sarah Halimi, 65, has provoked international outrage Thousands of protesters have rallied in Paris and across France after the killer of a Jewish woman was declared unfit to stand trial because he was judged to have suffered a psychotic episode caused by cannabis use. Kobili […]

As head of the UN’s climate change agency, I know this year is crucial for the future of humanity | Patricia Espinosa

Fighting climate change may be the most important task we face today – and the US’s renewed commitment to it is welcome Nearly three decades ago, during the Earth Summit held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, the international community acknowledged the need to address the growing challenges posed by the state of the environment. […]

French police worker killed in knife attack at station near Paris

Anti-terrorism branch leading investigation after incident in which assailant was shot dead A terrorism investigation has been launched after a French police employee was killed in a knife attack at a police station in Rambouillet, south-west of Paris. The anti-terrorism branch stepped in to lead the investigation to determine the circumstances of the knife attack […]

Outrage at French mayor convicted of rape still running town from cell

Georges Tron, a former junior minister under Nicolas Sarkozy, has refused to give up job as mayor of Draveil Feminist groups have expressed outrage that a French mayor jailed for rape is still being allowed to run his town from his prison cell. Georges Tron, who once served as a junior minister under Nicolas Sarkozy, […]

US 2030 goals will take world closer to holding global heating below 2C

Joe Biden’s target is strongest contribution yet towards meeting 2015 Paris climate agreement, say scientists The US goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, will take the world closer to the reductions scientists say are necessary to hold global heating within scientifically advised limits, analysis has shown. The target, announced […]

France ‘did nothing to stop’ Rwanda genocide, report claims

Report by US law firm commissioned by Kigali says France bears ‘significant responsibility’ for deaths France “bears significant responsibility” for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 because it remained “unwavering in its support” of its allies even though officials knew the slaughter was being prepared, a report […]

The Guardian view on Line of Duty: more about politics than policing | Editorial

It’s no surprise that a story about corruption in public life is so popular Last year the phrase “ambient television” was coined to describe a category of inoffensive, picturesque and essentially undemanding shows, such as Netflix’s Emily in Paris: programmes that could be experienced as background while the viewer scrolled through social media. Now, with […]

Cop26 preparations to intensify after compromise on virtual talks

Governments to hold three-week virtual meeting next month before climate summit in November Preparations for vital UN climate talks to take place this year in Glasgow are set to intensify next month, after nations compromised over how to conduct virtual negotiations ahead of the summit. The climate talks, called Cop26, are set for November after […]

Boris Johnson told to get grip of UK climate strategy before Cop26

‘Worrisome’ policy decisions could undermine UK leadership and the talks themselves, say senior climate experts Boris Johnson must urgently take control of the UK’s presidency of vital UN climate talks, amid a shower of green policy setbacks and growing concern over the lack of a coherent all-government climate strategy, senior international figures have said. The […]

Organisers of secret Paris dinner parties say ministers did not attend

Men deny reports that government ministers attended events, which allegedly broke Covid rules French police have interviewed the organisers of exclusive clandestine dinners that allegedly broke Covid rules as Emmanuel Macron warned ministers their behaviour must be “exemplary”. Detectives also searched the homes of the chef who created special menus costing up to €490 (£424) […]

‘I’m not a little girl anymore’: Simone Biles on world domination, pandemic ennui and staying on for Paris 2024

Much has changed since America’s greatest athlete set Rio aflame, but one familiar constant endures: her only competition is herself So much has changed in the five years since Simone Biles lit up the 2016 Olympics in Rio, affirming her presumptive status as the greatest gymnast ever with four gold medals in seven days. The […]

Ballaké Sissoko: picking up the pieces after US customs broke his kora

Last February, Sissoko’s historic instrument was disassembled on a flight home to Paris. Bolstered by a new kora, his latest album revives their borderless journey In the Malian language Bamanankan, djourou – the title of Ballaké Sissoko’s forthcoming album – means string. “It’s the string that connects me to others,” he says. For this master […]

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Filmmakers will instead classify their own movies based on the age of the audience Born in 1914 at the dawn of cinema, Italy’s censorship law felled some giants of the silver screen – including Last Tango in Paris – but now faces its own curtain call. “Film censorship has been abolished,” announced culture minister Dario […]

French authorities investigate ‘clandestine’ dinner parties in Paris

Ministers and wealthy guests allegedly ignored Covid rules to attend gastronomic events Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage French prosecutors have opened an investigation into claims government ministers and other wealthy guests attended secret Paris dinners that broke Covid rules. The scandal emerged after the television channel M6 broadcast hidden camera footage […]

French tycoon Bernard Tapie tied up and beaten in burglary

Former owner of Adidas and his wife attacked during raid in Combs-la-Ville near Paris The former French minister and scandal-ridden tycoon Bernard Tapie, once the owner of Adidas, was attacked along with his wife during a night-time burglary of their home, police have said. The couple were asleep when four men broke into the house […]

‘Every choice matters’: can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating?

The Australian Academy of Science warns that limiting global heating to the Paris goal is now ‘virtually impossible’. Is it right? Australia’s leading scientists made a significant global-scale declaration about the fight to deal with the climate crisis this week – but you could be forgiven if you missed it. In what it described as […]

Rise of ‘granfluencers’: viral stars model grandson’s punk styles

Marie-Louise and René Glémarec, 86 and 87, caused storm at Paris fashion week in gender-neutral clothes Last month Jane Fonda set the internet ablaze with her Harper’s Bazaar cover in a sequined body-con Ralph Lauren dress, Dolly Parton inspired a cold-shoulder fashion trend with her vaccination video, and Joan Collins’s Instagram has been instructional on […]

‘It was her story’: Riad Sattouf on the real girl behind his Esther comics

When the graphic novelist met an unusually chatty nine-year-old, he was so struck by her talk that he began putting it into cartoons, which have been a hit in France “My name is Esther and I am nine years old. I live in Paris in the 17th arrondissement.” So starts the story of Esther, a […]

Deaths of 19 civilians in French airstrike in Mali disputed by Paris

Witnesses describe aerial attack on a wedding but French officials claim gathering was of armed extremists A French airstrike killed at least 19 civilians in central Mali in January, a United Nations report has said, contradicting claims by officials in Paris that the target of the attack was a gathering of armed extremists. The accusation […]

Blooming marvellous: Joel Meyerowitz’s entrancing wild flowers – in pictures

From hats at a Paris horse race to a foggy funeral in Venice, the great street photographer’s images of gardens and flower-strewn scenes were first published in the 1983 book Wild Flowers. Meyerowitz talks about the key shots featured in a new, expanded edition Continue reading…

Big banks’ trillion-dollar finance for fossil fuels ‘shocking’, says report

Coal, oil and gas firms have received $3.8tn in finance since the Paris climate deal in 2015 The world’s biggest 60 banks have provided $3.8tn of financing for fossil fuel companies since the Paris climate deal in 2015, according to a report by a coalition of NGOs. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic cutting energy use, overall […]

‘No more shame’: the French women breaking the law to highlight femicide

Alarming rates of violence have inspired a poster campaign that has spread beyond France to more than 15 countries On a weekday evening, in between coronavirus lockdowns and curfews, Camille, Natacha and Cindy are out with a bright yellow plastic bucket of glue, two large brushes and a wad of A4 paper, each sheet covered […]

Sherry Turkle: ‘The pandemic has shown us that people need relationships’

The acclaimed writer on technology and its effect on our mental health talks about her memoir and the insights Covid has given her Sherry Turkle, 72, is professor of the social studies of science and technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was one of the first academics to examine the impact of technology on […]

Renewable energy growth must speed up to meet Paris goals, agency says

International Renewable Energy Agency says $131tn investment in renewables could be required over three decades Renewable electricity production needs to grow eight times faster than the current rate to help limit global heating, according to a report. The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said urgent action was needed to keep pace with rising demand for […]