President Sarkozy surprised a journalist on Thursday when he told him he was a "dickhead" ("couillon").
A French court ordered a man who was pictured answering a call of nature in his garden was ordered to pay legal costs to Google on Thursday for bringing a badly prepared case against the Internet giant.
A survey revealing the voting intentions of different groups in France has shown some of the sharp divisions in party preferences.
A gay French woman was not discriminated against when she was denied the ability to adopt the daughter of her long-term partner, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.
A British author has set up camp in the display window of a Paris bookstore for a six-day stunt to publicise a new French edition of one of her books, her French publisher said on Thursday.
French actor Gerard Depardieu said on Thursday he would play the "arrogant, smug" former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about his fall from grace in a series of sex scandals, adding that he doesn't much like French people.
A gunman riding a scooter shot dead two French soldiers and seriously wounded another in a hail of bullets on a street in the southwestern city of Montauban on Thursday, officials said.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of the French president, has angrily demanded that media organisations stop using photographs of her five-month old daughter, Giulia.