Deficit to fall below 5.5 percent in 2011: minister

Deficit to fall below 5.5 percent in 2011: minister

Budget minister Valérie Pécresse told parliament on Tuesday that the French budget deficit for 2011 would "probably be less than 5.5 percent."

Minister’s police escort knocks over pedestrian

Minister’s police escort knocks over pedestrian

A 25-year-old man who was knocked over by a motorcycle escort for outspoken apprenticeship minister Nadine Morano is no longer in danger after coming out of a coma.

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Rotting body in bank mystifies French cops

French rescue workers were trying on Tuesday to keep a half-rotted corpse intact as they prised it out of a bank's air vent in order to determine if the dead man was trying to rob the establishment.

Vanessa Paradis laughs off Johnny Depp rumours

Vanessa Paradis laughs off Johnny Depp rumours

French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday joked about, but did not deny, rumours that her relationship with US actor Johnny Depp was on the rocks.

Faltering Sarkozy mulls end of career

Faltering Sarkozy mulls end of career

French media was buzzing with speculation about the political future of President Sarkozy on Wednesday after comments he made on an official to French Guiana.

‘The Artist’ part of Gallic flavour at Oscars

‘The Artist’ part of Gallic flavour at Oscars

Silent film "The Artist" added 10 Oscar nominations to its Hollywood haul on Tuesday -- and is part of a distinctly Gallic flavour to the Academy Awards shortlists this year.