Rail passengers can now travel from French capital to Catalan capital in six-and-a-half hours without changing trains.
Property prices and rents are notoriously high in the French capital, finding affordable accommodation is hard and there is currently a three or four year waiting list for low-income families to get social housing. However, poorer families are not the only people who appreciate the benefits of state-subsidised homes in Paris. For some of them are occupied by well-paid councillors, assistant mayors, national politicians and senior executives, who refuse to leave accommodation supposedly reserved for the less well-off. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.
Aurélie Filippetti, who had earlier promised to inaugurate the institute, cancelled at last minute, saying exercise 'still raises questions'.
Media watchdog says its aim is to help TV and radio channels be aware of their obligations in defending and promoting the French language.
The actor will appear in a production of 'Love Letters' by A. R. Gurney at the Antoine Theatre in Paris, his first stage appearance in a decade.
The 32 ceremonial masks, head-dresses and other objects go under the hammer after legal challenge and objections from US embassy rejected.
French theatre director manages to bridge cultural divide by staging 'untranslatable' classic musical in Paris with subtitles.
Around French 200 troops have arrived, with another 500 expected imminently, in a bid to restore order after a rebel takeover.
The march, mirrored by smaller protests nationwide, follows recent racist outrages, including crude attacks on France's black justice minister.
LIFE magazine republishes a selection of photographer Ed Clark's compelling black and white portraits of a city exhausted by war.
Thousands of owners and supporters of horse-riding schools invaded streets of Paris in protest over an imminent 13% hike in VAT charges.
Summit hosted by French president Francois Hollande pledges to make youth unemployment top priority but offers no new ideas to tackle it.
After what are thought to have been the first such Armistice Day protests against a French president, police arrested 70 people demonstrators.
Around 15 others were injured, one seriously, after an explosion during rehearsals for a musical show that uses pyrotechnics.
Unlike the rest of France, the police force in Paris runs its own psychiatric unit in which suspects with possible mental health problems or people acting strangely in public can be detained for observation. Up to 2,000 people a year are sent there. Campaigners have long tried to get the establishment closed down, and the inspector general of prisons has himself condemned its blurred role between mental health care and public order. But both the head of the police in Paris and City Hall have so far succeeded in resisting attempts to shut it. Lousie Fessard reports.