Leaders of the world's top economic powers on Friday pushed Europe into acting to stop Italy following Greece into a debt vortex and undertook measures to boost sluggish global growth.
Rights group Reporters Without Borders slammed Facebook on Friday for threatening to terminate the account of a French weekly whose offices were firebombed after publishing images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Heavy rain and strong winds have caused major disruption across many parts of southern France with almost a year's worth of rain falling on the Hérault department, home to the Mediterranean towns of Montpellier and Béziers.
A man in France dropped dead from a heart attack as he was calling emergency services to tell them that a neighbour had just suffered the same fate, police said Friday.
US president Barack Obama will appear alongside French president Nicolas Sarkozy on both main 8pm nightly news programmes in France on Friday evening for a 15-minute interview.
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen seized on the attendance of an Israeli ambassador at a lunch she hosted on Thursday at the United Nations to counter her party's xenophobic image.
A survey of corrupt businees practices has put France in 11th place out of a total of 28 countries, a fall of two places since the last survey in 2008.
James Bond's next outing will see him grappling with a French Bond girl, or Bond "lady", as the film's director Sam Mendes described her.
Leaders of the world's top economies urged Europe to put its house in order on Thursday as a G20 summit supposed to be about boosting fragile global growth was hijacked by the eurozone debt crisis.