At the beginning of 2011, Tunisia found itself in turmoil.
Crowds danced in the streets and world leaders headed for Juba ahead of South Sudan’s independence ceremony on 9 July 2011.
France’s largest, most avant-garde performing arts festival opens on Wednesday in Avignon.
It’s that time of year again, when hordes of cinema makers, movers and shakers descend on the French Mediterranean town of Cannes for two weeks of film premieres, from 11 to 22 May.
The 63rd Cannes film festival brings the film world's cinema to the Mediterranean coast for an extravaganza of movie blockbusters, documentaries and shorts.
Each year the Visa Pour l'Image photojournalism festival, held in the southern French town of Perpignan, explores world news events through photoreportage.
The Tour de France 2010 kicked off in the Dutch port of Rotterdam and will end on Paris's Champs Elysées on Sunday 25 July.
The French Open is the culmination of the clay court season.
Almost one million Europeans were deported under the former Soviet Union's Gulag system.