France's president says reinforcements to a UN-mandated force would reach 1 600 troops following sectarian violence in Central African Republic.
France's President François Hollande and US President Barack Obama are both seeking guarantees that Iran will not develop nuclear weapons.
In a meeting with the US secretary of state, France has demanded an explanation of the latest revelations about a controversial US spying programme.
France's leader brought gifts for South Africa, but ultimately focused on intervention further north.
President Jacob Zuma has welcomed French President François Hollande, saying his visit will increase trade between the two countries.
Francois Hollande has arrived in SA where he is set to tackle disagreements between the two, such as the conflicts in Libya and Côte d'Ivoire.
French leader François Hollande, who arrives in South Africa on Monday, will sign accords including one on developing South Africa's nuclear power.
France is mobilised and ready to launch military action over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, says President Francois Hollande.
Keen to hand over its military role in Mali to the United Nations, France doggedly insisted that polls be held this month in the traumatised nation.
France's President Francois Hollande has signed into law a Bill allowing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to legalise gay weddings.
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.
A kidnapped French family are likely to have been separated into two groups by their abductors, says France, as Nigerian forces search for them.
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.
In August 2012, a handful of heroes conspired to save Timbuktu's prized manuscripts. The ingenious plan involved empty rice sacks, a boat and Bamako.
Thirty French warplanes on Sunday blasted Islamic extremist training and centres and logistics centres in northeast Mali.
French President Francois Hollande has arrived in Mali on a one-day visit to support French troops fighting in the Sahel nation.
Proposals to allow gay couples to marry and adopt children has gone before France's parliament, after months of debate that has split the country.
For African leaders who criticised French intervention in Cote d'Ivoire and Libya not too long ago, France's advance in Mali must seem a nightmare.