A motoring association is planning to hand out 100,000 breathalyzer kits over the upcoming holiday weekend, as France prepares for a new law requiring every car to carry the alcohol test.
As well as a new president, France will be introduced to its new first lady this week and she has already said she plans to retain her independence.
Three of Paris' most chic restaurants have been shut down after police were called in to investigate claims of drug trafficking.
Marxist rebels holding French journalist Romeo Langlois hostage for almost a month said on Sunday they will free him, according to a Red Cross official.
On Monday, exactly a year will have passed since Dominique Strauss Kahn's arrest on charges of trying to rape a maid in a luxury New York hotel room.