Thousands of the famous plane trees that line the 240 kilometre Canal du Midi in the south of France will be chopped down after being attacked by an incurable killer fungus.
Three young people spent an unnerving 48-hours roaming in the dark among the millions of skeletons buried under Paris this week.
Events took a surreal turn at the weekend when celebrity look-alikes of iconic French singers Serge Gainsbourg and Johnny Hallyday got into a fight, ending with one of them in hospital.
French holiday makers are gearing up for the busiest travel weekend of the summer as millions return from July holidays while many more set off for their August break.
Proposals to put young offenders in correction centres run by former military personnel are being drawn up by the French government.