French stocks nosedived on Thursday in line with exchanges across Europe amid fears of a new global recession.
DNA tests show that one of the two French travelers killed in Argentina last month was raped by several assailants before being fatally shot, a law enforcement source told AFP Wednesday.
Thomas Voeckler, who captivated the French with his plucky performance in this year's Tour de France, found his two wheels were no match for four legs when he competed against a horse in a race on Wednesday evening.
There were fears that a shark that killed a French man two weeks ago had struck again on Tuesday when a British teacher die after being attacked while swimming off the same Seychelles beach.
Pressure is mounting on IMF boss Christine Lagarde following the publication on Wednesday of a court document desribed as "damning" by investigative website Mediapart.
After the world's third wealthiest man, Warren Buffet, launched a call for higher taxes on the super-rich, some prominent French multi-millionaires have followed suit.
France's best-known film star Gerard Depardieu insisted on Wednesday he had been trying to urinate discreetly into a bottle when he splashed a plane's carpet and caused a flight delay, friends said.
French Education Minister Luc Chatel said Wednesday he believed France had a lot to learn from the Finnish school system, which for years has outperformed other European nations in international rankings.
Google paid tribute on Wednesday to 17th century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, transforming its celebrated homepage logo into a blackboard featuring "Fermat's Last Theorem."
Standard & Poor's is confident France will maintain its top AAA credit rating, the agency's European chief said Thursday, amid rumours of a possible downgrade amid intensifying eurozone debt strains.