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