Loyal first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy paid glowing tributes to her husband on Thursday as she pledged her "100 percent" support for him.
A 51-year-old travel agent was stabbed to death in her shop in north-west Paris on Thursday.
A couple who wanted to name their son after a popular French cartoon character have been told they cannot, in the interests of the child.
Anyone holding any French franc notes will have to take them to the Banque de France on Friday if they want to exchange them for euros.
French police were investigating Thursday the theft of a diamond-studded dog collar from a grave at the world's oldest pet cemetery, whose most famous tenant is Hollywood canine star Rin Tin Tin.
A French court on Thursday upheld a three-month suspended jail sentence against former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for calling the Nazi occupation of France "not especially inhumane".
French President Nicolas Sarkozy used his first re-election campaign rally on Thursday to launch a blistering attack on his frontrunning Socialist rival, calling him an inveterate liar.