One of President Sarkozy's sons was allegedly flown home from Ukraine at the expense of the French taxpayer after he had a bout of food poisoning.
Police protection for presidential Green candidate Eva Joly has been stepped up after she received a threatening letter containing a bullet.
The outspoken former justice minister, Rachida Dati, has denied she is in a relationship with the French actor Vincent Lindon after a weekly gossip magazine published photos of them together.
A 53-year-old former teacher was less than thrilled to receive an email from Pôle Emploi, the French government-run jobs agency, proposing a position stripping in a local nightclub.
British regulators banned a magazine advert for an anti-ageing moisturiser by French cosmetics company L'Oréal on Wednesday after upholding a complaint that the image of the model, actress Rachel Weisz, was misleading.
India has selected the French firm Dassault over the Eurofighter consortium as the preferred bidder for 126 fighter jets in a major contract estimated to be worth $12 billion (€9 billion).
Foreign minister Alain Juppé pressed Syrian authorities on Tuesday to shed light on the death of French television reporter Gilles Jacquier, who was killed as he covered the country's 10-month-old uprising.