As the ramifications of the Arab Spring continue, a new and extraordinary phenomenon has emerged. Across the Middle East and North Africa women have started putting their body – and images of their bodies - at the heart of the unfolding social revolution there. In some demonstrations a blue bra worn by a beaten protester has become a potent symbol of peaceful female resistance to male oppression. Story by Nadia Aissaoui and Ziad Majed.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says he will call on the UN Security Council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.
During talks in Paris Francois Hollande failed to win the backing of Vladimir Putin for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria.
French President Francois Hollande told reporters that Ambassador Lamia Shakkour will be notified "today or tomorrow" that she must leave.
Not a day passes without an increase in the death toll of the now 14-month old uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad, despite a United Nations-backed ceasefire negotiated by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan more than a month ago. In this interview with Mediapart’s Caroline Donati, Robert Malley, a former special advisor on the Middle East to US President Bill Clinton, and now Programme Director for Middle East-North Africa affairs with the International Crisis Group, analyses the options for the international community, and the US in particular, in bringing an end to the bloody repression by the Assad regime, which the UN says has now claimed the lives of at least 9,000 people.
France has raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria, saying the UN should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan fails.
France has rejected a weapons request by the Syrian rebel forces, saying that arming the Syrian opposition could lead to a catastrophic civil war.
Thirteen French officers have been captured by Syrian forces and are being held in Homs, according to the Lebanon-based Daily Star newspaper.
France announces closure of its embassy in Syria, a day after two French journalists escaped from the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
Two French journalists who were smuggled out of Syria after being trapped for nine days in the war-torn country's town have arrived back in France.
French journalists Edith Bouvier and William Daniels have managed to get out of Syria and are now safely in Lebanon, confirms President Sarkozy.
Michael Weiss, a foreign policy think tank director, reviews accounts of events surrounding the death in Syria of French journalist Gilles Jacquier.