France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low.
Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images
Eiffel Tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution. More than 30 departments in France have been hit by maximum level pollution alerts since Thursday, prompting the ecology minister to say air quality was “an emergency and a priority for the government”.
A model wears a creation for Damir Doma’s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris.
A model presents a creation by designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo for their fashion house Ralph & Russo, as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris.
A model wears a creation for Stephane Rolland’s Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris.
A model displays a creation by designer Marco Zanini as part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris.
A man walks along an empty platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, during an SNCF national railways strike that ends Friday morning
Charles Platiau /Reuters
A restored statue of the archangel Saint Michael is raised at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Work on the chapel, within the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, started in 2008 and will finish in 2014.
A visitor stands in front of ’2 seated on the wall with big chairs’, 2000, by Juan Muñoz during the International Contemporary Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. The fair runs from October 24-27.
French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting.