The alleged Al-Qaeda militant believed responsible for a killing spree is dead, interior minister Claude Guéant confirmed on Thursday, after he resisted a raid on his besieged home in southern France.
A rise in the number of young people getting drunk has prompted the government to commission a series of adverts to tackle the problem.
The leader of the far right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has called for a referendum to be held on the death penalty, following the murders of soldiers, children and a teacher in southern France.
A panel of Mexico Supreme Court judges ruled Wednesday against releasing French woman Florence Cassez, sentenced to 60 years for kidnap, but agreed to further study her appeal.
The man suspected of seven murders in and around Toulouse says he "wants to die holding his weapons", the country's interior minister told French radio on Thursday morning. "We hope he is still alive."
A fringe candidate for next month's French presidential election on Wednesday alleged that the Queen of England owes her fortune to drugs money laundered by "Jewish bankers in The City".