As the singing contest reached its climax on Tuesday night, French audiences gave a Gallic shrug to the X Factor reality television programme.
France has begun parachuting arms shipments to Berber rebels fighting Libyan leader Moamar Qaddafi's forces in the highlands south of Tripoli, the French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday.
Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss Kahn, defended her husband in an interview on the eve of the publication of a book about the former IMF boss in her firsrt public comments since his arrest on sexual assault accusations.
For the first time this year, the unemployment rate in France edged up in May, according to new statistics.
The Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, has been corrected on an assertion he made that 66 percent of the children of immigrant families leave school without qualifications.
France's Christine Lagarde was named Tuesday the first-ever female chief of the IMF, faced with an immediate crisis as violent Greek protests rocked the stability of the eurozone.