Arnaud Montebourg, who came third in recent elections to choose the Socialist presidential candidate, has angrily denounced ratings agencies as "charlatans" in an interview.
Government figures will show a 16 percent increase in household burglaries in 2011 despite an overall drop in crime.
Passengers on a train from Paris to Marseille had little idea that a boa constrictor was slithering around them on Saturday evening.
France's entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, to be sung by Indonesian-born singer Anggun, will be recorded this week.
Speculators and China's super-rich have turned sour on Bordeaux's most prestigious, investment-grade wines, causing a deep dip in prices, year-end figures have revealed.
France is to issue long-term bonds on Thursday in the first test of its market credibility in the wake of Standard & Poor's decision to strip the country of its cherished triple-A rating.