Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau have said "I do" at an emotional ceremony celebrating France's first official gay marriage after months of protests.
Despite opposition and protests from right-wing groups, France's first gay marriage will go ahead as planned.
From Egyptian protesters to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France, we showcase some of the best photographs taken around the world this week.
The UN Security Council is expected to approve a peacekeeping force for Mali to help restore democracy and stabilise the northern half of the country.
A car bomb has hit the French embassy in Tripoli, wounding two French guards and causing major damage in what Libya has called a "terrorist" incident.
France's Parliament will approve a Bill to legalise gay marriage after weeks of protests that have shown no sign of abating in the run-up to the vote.
France's gay rights activists have reported that verbal and physical assaults on gays have surged amid debate over a Bill allowing same-sex marriage.
The conflict in Mali could be creating a "ticking time bomb" for neighbouring Western Sahara, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has warned.
A French force of 1 000 soldiers in a major offensive has swept a valley thought to be a logistics base for al-Qaeda near the Malian city of Gao.
The al-Qaeda-linked Abou Zeid was killed in combat with French troops in February, France has said, ending weeks of uncertainty about his death.
Despite some positive figures in December, France's January sales have reflected the gloom cast by Italy.
The department of trade and industry has responded to reports that a French company is attempting to trademark "rooibos" in France.
A kidnapped French family are likely to have been separated into two groups by their abductors, says France, as Nigerian forces search for them.
Kidnappers who seized seven members of a French family, including four young children, in Cameroon have taken them across the border into Nigeria.
Russia has revealed it is supplying guns to Mali's government, while French troops have discovered a massive homemade bomb in Gao, north of Mali.
A French former fireman and a circus performer have been sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to smuggle 103 children out of Chad.
France has attacked a rebel hideout in Gao, north Mali's largest city, intensifying a security lockdown against guerrilla attacks.
The UN has been considering sending peacekeepers to Mali following a proposal that said French forces killed hundreds of extremist Islamist rebels.
After having killed "several hundred" militants in fighting to reclaim north Mali, France says it will begin withdrawing its troops in the country.