A town in the north-west Brittany region has struck a blow for feminist campaigners by banishing the use of the title "mademoiselle", or "miss", from all official forms.
A study has found that the number of people living alone in France has more than doubled over 45 years.
The chief economist at ratings agency Standard & Poor's has told Le Parisien newspaper that investors are already treating France as if it had a BBB rating.
A 15-year-old boy from Paris was tortured and drowned on Christmas Day by his relatives after they accused him of practising witchcraft, a British court heard on Thursday.
The leader of the far right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has said she may not get enough backers to run in upcoming presidential elections scheduled for April and May.
President Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right leader Marine Le Pen this week embark on a tug-of-love over the French patron saint Joan of Arc, a surprise player in the upcoming presidential election.