President Nicolas Sarkozy's allies came out fighting on Friday as a graft scandal threatened to derail his re-election bid, but their panicked response drew more fire from his opponents.
An argument over who should pocket the €1 million ($1.35 million) winnings from a lottery ticket has ended up pitting two long-term friends against each other.
A relative of a high-profile minister has become the latest victim in a car park kidnapping crime spree that has targeted wealthy Parisians.
France's fines on women for wearing the full-face covering niqab veil, imposed for the first time by a court Thursday, are a "travesty of justice," Amnesty International said.
President Nicolas Sarkozy's father let slip to a German newspaper on Thursday that his daughter-in-law is due to give birth on October 3rd.
French prosecutors will set up a face-to-face confrontation between former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the young French writer who has accused him of attempted rape, they said on Friday.
Israel on Friday rejected a proposal by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to upgrade the Palestinians' UN status and admit them as a non-member state, a foreign ministry spokesman said.
Three police officers in the Paris area committed suicide on Thursday, all within a few hours of each other.