France’s Macron holds ‘frank exchange’ with Putin

France’s Macron holds ‘frank exchange’ with Putin

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Macron (right) believes it is essential to talk to Russia French President Emmanuel Macron says he held a “frank exchange” with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face talks. The pair discussed “disagreements” in the meeting, held at the sumptuous Versailles palace near Paris. But Mr Macron said […]

Moscow storm: 11 killed as high winds strike Russian capital

Moscow storm: 11 killed as high winds strike Russian capital

Image copyright EPA Image caption Most fatalities are reported to have been caused by falling trees At least 11 people died when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, health officials say. Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help. Reports say that electrical cables were […]

German leaders step up attacks on Trump

German leaders step up attacks on Trump

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel says it is right not to gloss over differences with the US Germany’s top politicians have stepped up criticism of US President Donald Trump, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel said the US and UK were no longer reliable partners. On Monday Mrs Merkel said it was right […]

France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

Image copyright AFP Image caption The first Macron-Putin tete-a-tete is taking place in the royal splendour of Versailles French President Emmanuel Macron will shortly hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They will meet at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr […]

Paris mayor may ban black feminist Nyansapo festival

Paris mayor may ban black feminist Nyansapo festival

Image copyright Nyansapo Festival Image caption This cartoon is part of the billing for the “blackfeminist” festival on its own website The mayor of Paris has called for a black feminist festival in the city to be banned on the grounds that it excludes white people. At the Nyansapo Festival in July, billed as “blackfeminist”, […]

Paul Pogba, world’s most expensive footballer, visits Mecca

Paul Pogba, world’s most expensive footballer, visits Mecca

Image copyright Instagram/Paul Pogba Image caption Paul Pogba is already believed to have performed the Hajj The world’s most expensive footballer is on a pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city as he marks the start of Ramadan. French international Paul Pogba shared a picture of himself in Mecca on Sunday, captioning it the “most beautiful thing […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d’Or

Image copyright Magnolia Pictures Image caption Dominic West has an encounter with Terry Notary, playing a performance artist, in The Square Art world satire The Square, directed by Ruben Ostlund, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The Swedish title was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or, in […]

Merkel: Europe ‘can no longer rely on allies’ after Trump and Brexit

Merkel: Europe ‘can no longer rely on allies’ after Trump and Brexit

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel was speaking in a Bavarian beer tent Europe can no longer “completely depend” on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says. Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now […]

Outrage after General de Gaulle’s tomb damaged by vandals

Outrage after General de Gaulle’s tomb damaged by vandals

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Officials say the cross will be replaced by the end of next week Two suspects are being sought after vandals damaged the tomb of former French leader General Charles de Gaulle, sparking outrage. The authorities said a man stepped onto the grave and toppled a one-and-a-half metre cross at its […]

Trump foreign tour: G7 leaders turn attention to Africa

Trump foreign tour: G7 leaders turn attention to Africa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The leaders of the G7 are due to meet with leaders from five African countries Leaders of the G7 group of rich nations are due to meet African heads of state for talks on the migrant crisis. The leaders of Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria will join the second […]