Latest update: 05/04/2013
War in Mali: A rare look inside the French nerve centre
As French-led troops make rapid advances in Mali, we take a look at how and where those crucial decisions are made in Paris. Next, we meet some of the public figures dominating France's gay marriage debate - this as the government’s bill goes before parliament. Finally, we bring you some of the highlights from the Vendée Globe race, which was won this year by 29-year-old Frenchman François Gabart.