An unlucky man in the south-east town of Montmélian spent Saturday night with his head trapped in a sewer.
Days after mail order company La Redoute apologised for an errant nude man in the background of one of its catalogue pages, competitor 3 Suisses has used the same man to promote its own products.
Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel has said it is ready to help save troubled ferry company SeaFrance as it struggles to survive.
Around 30 cars were set on fire on Saturday night in Clermont Ferrand after tension over the arrest of a man on New Year's Eve continued to have repercussions around the city.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has closed the gap in voting intentions on his opposition Socialist rival Francois Hollande just four months before their election face-off, a new poll showed on Sunday.
The leaders of France and Germany hold the first major meeting of the year on the euro on Monday, as cracks emerge in the strategy to tackle the crisis and markets keep up the pressure on the debt-wracked zone.