German weekly Der Spiegel is reporting that some conservative European leaders have made a pact not to meet up with François Hollande before the elections. Meanwhile, Ikea France has been accused of spying on its staff and on disgruntled customers. Finally, girls in France are being damaged by the over-sexualisation of society. This is according to a report by a French senator from the ruling conservative party.
In this edition: As it recovers from its worst riots in years, New Caledonia grapples with an outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1); alliance or not? The Socialist Party ripped apart once more; and focus on France's Muslims during Ramadan.
In this edition: a week of violence in New Caledonia left 28 gendarmes injured; toxic algae dangers are back in the news after a horse and its rider died in Brittany; is it the end of cheap rents for civil servants?
In this edition: the threatened collapse of legendary French photo agency Gamma marks the end of an era; an SMS is retained as evidence in a divorce case; and a Japanese journalist writes down her thoughts on Parisians.
In this edition of The Week in France we look at how French ministers are taking low-key holidays because of the credit crisis, explain Nicolas Sarkozy's health problem, and wonders whether the Tour de France really was drug free.