France set a record for its wine and spirits exports with more than €10 billion in 2011, a 10.5 percent annual increase, the Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters said on Tuesday.
Norwegian police have requested assistance from France and Facebook to cast light on the personality of the man who killed 77 people in twin attacks last July, the police prosecutor in charge of the probe said Tuesday.
The former head of Air France sparked outrage when it was revealed that he and his wife were about to fly to Mauritius in business class for just €24 ($30).
Far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen is taking her battle over France's election rules to the country's highest court this week as she claimed still to be short of meeting requirements to stand in upcoming presidential elections.
The largest ratings agency, Moody's, threatened to follow its rival Standard & Poor's by downgrading France from its triple-A rating, along with the UK and Austria.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to announce his bid for re-election on Wednesday, setting the stage for what he hopes will be a dramatic comeback against his poll-leading Socialist rival.