The Guardian : France
French prosecutors investigate Russian artist over sex video  11h16 18 février
Agence France-Presse in Paris
Pyotr Pavlensky and girlfriend face possible charges over scandal involving politicianFrench prosecutors have placed a Russian artist and his girlfriend under investigation over the leaking of a sex video that brought down a close ally of Emmanuel Macron.Pyotr Pavlensky and Alexandra de Taddeo are...
French ski resort moves snow with helicopter in order to stay open  14h48 16 février
Kim Willsher in Paris
Local council leaders said they were forced into exceptional’ move to protect jobsA French ski resort has angered ecologists by using a helicopter to move snow from higher up the mountains after exceptionally mild weather left its slopes bare.Officials at Luchon-Superbagnères in the Pyrenees...
Russian artist and girlfriend held over release of Paris politician’s sex video  13h19 16 février
Kim Willsher in Paris
Petr Pavlensky and partner questioned after complaint from Benjamin Griveaux The girlfriend of a Russian performance artist and activist who released a video of a sexual nature that prompted a Paris mayoral candidate to stand down is being questioned by police over her role in the scandal.The woman...
Leïla Slimani: This book is a mirror to make the elite look reality in the face’  07h00 16 février
Kim Willsher
As her book Sex and Lies appears in English, the bestselling author of Lullaby and face of Macron’s France is emerging as a champion of women’s rights in her native Morocco Virginity is an obsession in Morocco’: an extract from Leïla Slimani’s Sex and LiesLeïla Slimani is running late. She...
First fatality in Europe confirmed - as it happened  16h01 15 février
Simon Murphy
Death toll climbs above 1,500 and number of cases reaches 66,000. This blog is closed 3.58pm GMT Here’s a summary of today’s main coronavirus developments, as the outbreak continues across the globe: 3.26pm GMT Here’s some experts views on yesterday’s confirmation of the first coronavirus case in...
Chinese tourist in France becomes Europe’s first coronavirus fatality  14h22 15 février
Kim Willsher in Paris and Simon Murphy
French health minister confirms death of man from virus that has killed more than 1,500 peopleCoronavirus: latest updates - liveEurope has recorded its first coronavirus fatality, a Chinese tourist in France, it has been confirmed.The death of the 80-year-old man, who was visiting Paris with his...
Macron sets out 10-year vision for EU with call for more integration  13h07 15 février
Patrick Wintour in Munich
French president says EU must have effective defence policy, larger budget and integrated capital marketsEurope’s middle classes will only remain reconciled to the European Union if it becomes more integrated, with an effective defence policy, a larger budget and integrated capital markets, and is...
Paris mayoral candidate drops out over sex video scandal  14h13 14 février
Kim Willsher in Paris
Benjamin Griveaux, who was standing for party of President Macron, lambasts vile attacks’Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for mayor of Paris in next month’s municipal elections has been forced to stand down after the leak of sexual images and messages online, blaming what he called vile attacks on...
Leadership of ’French Oscars’ resigns amid Polanski controversy  13h21 14 février
Jon Henley Europe correspondent
The French film academy says unanimous resignation was to honour the film-makers and regain calm’ of the festivalThe entire board of the César awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, has resigned two weeks before its gala ceremony amid growing controversy over the French-Polish director Roman...
Pone: the paralysed producer making music with his eyes  08h00 14 février
Anaïs Brémond
Motor neurone disease has left the French hip-hop artist totally immobile - yet he still found the means to compose a remarkable album inspired by Kate BushInterviewing an artist who can’t speak is an unusual, almost meditative experience. I am in a small town outside Toulouse in south-western...
France to limit access to Mont Blanc to protect biodiversity  16h59 13 février
Kim Willsher
Macron says protecting environment is battle of the century’ on visit to ChamonixFrance is to restrict access to Mont Blanc in the Alps in an effort to halt reckless summit attempts and protect the biodiversity of the mountain and its surroundings.Emmanuel Macron announced the new rules during a...
The French police have always been violent, but more people are seeing it now Mathieu Rigouste  12h30 13 février
Mathieu Rigouste
Confronted with overwhelming video evidence, the French government has finally been forced to admit there’s a problemSince the appearance of the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement in December 2018, and with the recent demonstrations and strikes against pension reform, the question of police...
French police raid publisher of writer accused of paedophilia  18h11 12 février
Kim Willsher in Paris
Officers look for unpublished work by Gabriel Matzneff, who is under investigation for rapeFrench police searched the offices of one of the country’s biggest publishers on Wednesday for material written by an author at the heart of a paedophile scandal.Investigators were looking for unpublished...
Giant dams enclosing North Sea could protect millions from rising waters  15h44 12 février
Jon Henley and Alan Evans
Dams between Scotland, Norway, France and England a possible solution’ to problemA Dutch government scientist has proposed building two mammoth dams to completely enclose the North Sea and protect an estimated 25 million Europeans from the consequences of rising sea levels as a result of global...
Blasphemy ’is no crime’, says Macron amid French girl’s anti-Islam row  13h42 12 février
Kim Willsher in Paris
Schoolgirl Mila received death threats after posting anti-religious diatribe on InstagramEmmanuel Macron has waded into a row over a schoolgirl whose attack on Islam has divided France, insisting that blasphemy is no crime .The French president defended the teenager, named only as Mila, who...