A French court ruled Tuesday that a British tabloid had violated the privacy of former world motorsport chief Max Mosley when it published photographs of him in a sadomasochistic orgy.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" in talks with US President Barack Obama, who then complained of having to deal with him daily, a report said
France laid claim on Monday to a French baroque painting that it said was stolen 200 years ago, and barred a London gallery that brought the work to Paris for an exhibition from taking it back.
President Hugo Chavez on Monday described leftist Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal, on trial for deadly attacks in 1980s France, a "worthy heir of the greatest (leftist) struggles."
Towards the end of World War 1, the French army drew up plans to build a "fake Paris" in an attempt to get German planes to drop their bombs away from the real capital city.
Train passengers across France will face possible delays and cancellations on Tuesday as rail workers across Europe take industrial action to protest against further rail liberalization.
Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande took to the airwaves on Monday evening to denounce the latest austerity drive announced by the government, at the same time as the prime minister spoke on a rival channel.
The western region of Poitou-Charentes has been named as one of the top ten regions to visit in 2012 by travel guide the Lonely Planet.