Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose hard-line politics have come in for fierce criticism in France, attended the 75th anniversary of an infamous WW2 roundup in Paris for deportation of about 13,000 Jews, after which the two men held talks on the crises in the Middle East.
A visit to Paris on Sunday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he will join in a commemoration of the 1942 arrest in the French capital for deportation of an estimated 13,000 Jews, has been criticised in France by Jewish organisations and others as handing his government an unwelcome political platform.
Manuel Valls and other officials were booed at a packed ceremony on the Promenade des Anglais amid criticism of security policy in wake of Bastille Day outrage.
About 30 million shells were fired in the WW1 battle in NE France which, over 300 days, left an estimated 800,000 soldiers dead, wounded or missing.
Academic Dominique Moisi argues that the country must face up to the uncertainty and cultural fractures that confront it.
The 70th anniversary of the capital's liberation from German occupation highlighted the best and worst of the actions of Paris police officers.
French officials will not attend events marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide after Rwanda's president said France helped in the killings.
After what are thought to have been the first such Armistice Day protests against a French president, police arrested 70 people demonstrators.
French President Francois Hollande speaks about the continuing need for compromise between France and Germany.