2013 was a dramatic year in France. From the legalization of gay marriage to a tax-dodging former budget minister, there were plenty of stories that made headlines across the globe.
And 2014 looks likely to pick up where 2013 left off, with several big issues and events set to make the headlines over the coming months.
Whether high-profile sex scandals that are due to reach a climax, or further contentious reforms that will bring angry protestors on to the streets, the year ahead looks set to be an action-packed one.
Here The Local peers into its crystal ball and looks at ten stories that are set to make the news in 2014.