The Paris leg of the Beijing Olympic flame relay was cut short on Monday after citywide protests against China's crackdown in Tibet forced the torchbearers to take refuge on a bus. The torch's journey by foot ended outside the French Parliament, where protesting deputies hung a Tibetan flag on a railing.
Simone de Beauvoir was an iconic figurehead of the 20th-century struggle for women's liberation, but as France marks the centenary of her birth on Wednesday, critics are taking a cold, hard look at her life and legacy. Beauvoir's groundbreaking 1949 work on the female condition, The Second Sex, her defiance of social taboos, propelled her to near-mythical status in France and abroad.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed on Wednesday that rioters who shot at police during two days of Paris suburban unrest would be severely punished, as police struggled to contain the violence. Back from a state visit to China, Sarkozy visited a police chief seriously injured in the country's worst troubles since nationwide riots in 2005.
A French judge ordered a manslaughter inquiry on Monday after the death of two teenagers in a crash with police sparked a night of rioting in a flashpoint Paris suburb. The violence was some of the worst since the nationwide riots in 2005, which erupted in similar circumstances, prompting President Nicolas Sarkozy to appeal for calm.
Nicolas Sarkozy's hectic 100 first days in power have earned him the nickname of "hyperpresident", but can France's new leader keep up the dizzying pace to deliver his promised reforms? For three months, France's new-look president has grabbed the spotlight: jetting to meet world leaders, micro-managing his government team or coaching the French rugby side.
Rivals for the French presidency made their final appeals to millions of undecided voters on Friday as the official campaign drew to an end ahead of an election seen as too close to call. Right-wing contender Nicolas Sarkozy was leading in opinion polls ahead of Socialist Ségolène Royal, aiming to become France's first woman president.
France's presidential campaign entered its final week on Monday, with Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal struggling to stay in the race against right-wing favourite Nicolas Sarkozy. With at least a third of the electorate still undecided ahead of Sunday's first-round vote, the final stretch of rallies and debates is to play a crucial role.
As France's Jacques Chirac enters the final year of his presidency, a spoof documentary out this week looks set to become an instant hit with its caustic look at his 40-year rise to power. Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac, a 90-minute collage of archive clips irreverently narrated by a Chirac impersonator, screened to hoots of laughter in Paris on Wednesday.
French investigators headed to Côte d'Ivoire on Tuesday to hunt the leader of a gang that tortured and murdered a young Jewish man near Paris, a crime thought to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism. Two officers were expected in Abidjan late in the day to track down the gang's alleged leader, a 25-year-old convicted petty criminal of Ivorian origin.
France was on alert on Friday for a possible upsurge of violence as the country headed into a long holiday weekend, two weeks after rioting first broke out in a run-down suburb of Paris. Exceptional security measures were taken for Armistice Day ceremonies attended by President Jacques Chirac in the capital.