Madagascar's former president, Marc Ravalomanana (pictured), has accused France of backing the island's transitional leader in his ouster, saying Madagascar is now run by "bandits" and that France seeks to recolonise the island nation.
France’s council of ministers has discussed a compensation bill for the victims of French nuclear tests in Algeria and French Polynesia from 1960 to 1996. Associations representing sick veterans and civilians criticise the project.
The United Nations refugee agency says it is setting up an office in the northern French port of Calais to help the hundreds of migrants waiting to cross the Channel make an "informed decision" about passage to the United Kingdom.
The Russian mother of Elise André, the three-year-old girl at the centre of a bitter custody battle, has been handed over to French authorities. Irina Belenkaya, 36, and her daughter were stopped at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border on April 12.
Ifremer, the French institute of sea exploitation research, turns 25 this year. To celebrate, a succession of 15 short programmes will be broadcast on FRANCE 24 to raise awareness about the organisation's work.
A suspected member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA was arrested Monday. Police chased down his car through central Paris, and seized a handgun, munitions, a computer and several fake ID in the vehicle.
On the assumption that the French economy will shrink by 3% in 2009, France's employment agency predicted that the number of unemployed, already estimated at around 3.3 million, might jump up by another 639,000 people.
One of Lyon's most emblematic players, Brazilian midfielder Junihno is to leave the club at the end of the season, confirmed Lyon's chairman Jean-Michel Aulas. The player started with the team in 2001 and contributed to their seven titles.