The Republic may well be secular – yet when the results of the first round came in that evening, many electors must have offered up a prayer in gratitude.
Islamic State has gripped the imagination of western politics, but many Syrian rebels are more concerned by Assad. If we are to intervene in Syria, we must make it clear he has no long-term role to play.
We should be in no doubt that our intervention will greatly increase the chances of Islamic State striking in a big way.
You don't open a new world of trade by leaving the European Union - you simply close two down with one vote.
But not in a good way.
David Cameron's words suggest one thing, his actions quite another.
From 18th century philosophers to present day audiences, Germans just can’t get enough of the Dane.
“We fled from terror and it found us again here. It feels like it is always behind us, stalking us.”
The French ambassador to the UK reflects on the Paris attacks, and how Britain's response helped make the aftermath more bearable.
If you believe some reports, normal life will soon be impossible in Paris, London and other European cities. Spare a thought for Nigerians, Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, Yemenis, Pakistanis, Afghans and numerous others who live daily with the threat of bombings and shootings.
Turkish officials insist the plane was warned - but Russia insists the plane was not in Turkish airspace.
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