The frontrunner in the race to lead France's Socialists against President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential vote won a key endorsement on Wednesday ahead of a last and crucial primary debate.
City authorities in Paris announced a €25 million ($34.4 million) plan to cheer up the first floor of the Paris landmark on Tuesday, including a 300-seater auditorium, shops, a museum and a glass floor for visitors to walk on.
Laurent Blanc said a half-time reality check was the key to the second-half resurgence that saw France rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday that secured their ticket to Euro 2012.
France said on Wednesday it was tightening immigration rules to require would-be citizens to provide written proof that they speak enough French to manage their daily lives.
New evidence has cast doubt on the story of a 33-year-old Indian man who died after going to the aid of a woman being mugged on a metro train.
Tristane Banon, who has accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, is launching a book on Thursday which sets out her version of events.
The body charged with protecting the French language has introduced a new section to its website to help it fight the ever-increasing encroachment of English.