French President Nicolas Sarkozy would beat Socialist rival Francois Hollande in the first round of the presidential election in April, according to a survey published Tuesday, the first time the incumbent has been ahead in opinion polls.
France is the only European Union country to be placed "under surveillance" in a new report on internet freedom.
A nine-year-old girl died after jumping from the 15th floor of her apartment block.
French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has secured the backing of enough local government officials to run in the two-round presidential election, party sources said on Monday.
There are still plenty of unanswered questions after the secretary of a murdered 47-year-old company boss admitted to shooting him.
French actor Olivier Martinez has confirmed that he and Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry are engaged to marry, a report said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday slammed as "grotesque" accusations in a document published by a left-wing investigative website that his 2007 presidential campaign allegedly received funds from deposed Libyan strongman Moamer Qaddafi.
In May, the supermodel third wife of one French presidential candidate or the journalist girlfriend of the other will walk triumphantly into the Elysée.