When the well-known French "Petit Lu" biscuit factory closed in Nantes (eastern France) years ago, nobody expected the industrial space, built in the late 19th century, to become a center for the arts.
The 100th edition of the world-renowned Michelin dining guide appears on Monday. This year's Michelin stars crown French President Nicolas Sarkozy's favourite Parisian haunt and controversial British chef Gordon Ramsay.
A Chinese collector who bought two bronzes (pictured) at the Yves Saint Laurent auction in Paris says he has no intention of paying. The bronzes were looted from a Chinese imperial palace and Beijing had demanded their return.
Zuhir Latif, a Tunisian working for the Arabic service of France 24 as well as the pan-Arabic daily Al-Hayat, was detained on Friday and expelled from Sudan on Sunday evening. He had been covering the Darfur civil war.
French nuclear group Areva is to send by boat to Japan what the environmental group Greenpeace is calling the "the largest shipment of plutonium in history". Areva say the recycled nuclear fuel is "safe" and that the boat will be armed and protected.
With a late draw against Auxerre (1-1), Toulouse reached the second place in the French championship while Lille missed out after losing to Valenciennes (see photo). French "big guns", Lyon, Marseille and Paris play on Sunday.
This edition focuses on a documentary showing France nuclear tests performed in Algeria, asks what chance the only woman in the Algerian presidential race has and wonders if Libian leader Gaddafi is going to scrap the government.