Throughout history, gold has been highly valued for coinage, jewellery and the arts. Gold is considered a unique store of value and the symbol of power, strength and wealth. Since April 2001 it has more than quintupled in value, writes Nicolas Shamtanis, Dealing Room Manager at easy-forex.com.
Isolated in his luxury Paris flat, abandoned by his closest allies, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's last faint hope of playing a role in French politics has been torpedoed by a new scandal.
France’s elite police stormed into the flat of an 85-year-old retiree in the southern city of Marseille twice over the past fortnight, in search of a dangerous suspect.
Job centre employees are staging a walkout on Monday to protest working conditions and staff shortages as growing numbers of French people join queues in front of job centres.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is not ready to admit it, but France has begun to fear that it will be next in the markets' firing line as the debt crisis spreads from Greece and Italy.
A French communist mayor on Saturday married two gay men in a symbolic wedding as French law does not recognise same-sex marriage.
Al-Qaeda militants have freed three French aid workers they kidnapped in Yemen more than five months ago, the French presidency and local officials said on Monday.