The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against a French court that fined a man 30 euros in 2008 for mocking Nicolas Sarkozy, reviving one of the former president’s most memorable - and least flattering - moments.
France's Education Minister targets the sacrosanct two month summer holidays - he wants to make them two weeks shorter. Meanwhile, farmers put their best foot forward at Paris' Agriculture Show, where the horsemeat scandal has worsened the downbeat mood. Finally, as David Beckham makes his debut with Paris Saint-Germain, we compare and contrast him to the club's other huge star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Two months ahead of the presidential election, the candidates try to butter up France’s farmers at the Paris Agriculture Fair. Meanwhile, there’s trouble in France's tropical overseas department, Reunion Island. Riots spread as angry locals complain prices are too high. Finally, it’s a loud and clear victory for the star of a silent film. Jean Dujardin becomes the first Frenchman to win an Oscar for his role in "The Artist".
FRENCH PAPERS, Mon. 27/02/12: It’s the annual agricultural show here in Paris, a mandatory stop on the campaign trail. Candidates are eager to woo the farming constituency. Meanwhile, Libération investigates the "forgotten topic" of the campaign: the country’s rough housing projects. And "The Artist" steals the show at the Oscars.
Every year since 1870, the General Agricultural Competition has handed out medals to the crème de la crème of French produce. During the agricultural fair, a jury made up of professionals and discerning consumers decides which products will take home the bronze, silver and gold medals - which the winners can then proudly display on their packaging.
Stephen Clarke critiques France's Salon d'agriculture in Paris this year. A big event about intensive agriculture where politicians can be seen campaigning throughout yet still remains to be at the heart of French Culture.
France's new man in Tunis makes waves within hours of arrival, adding to what has already become a diplomatic headache.
The ever popular Agricultural Show comes to town, complete with prize winning cows, photo opportunities and angry environmentalists.
And less than a year after the scandal, the Bettencourt saga is officially a laughing matter. A national TV star is taking the high-stakes family drama to the stage.
One man seems to be grabbing the headlines here in France this morning: Dominique Strauss-Khan. The head of the International Monetary Fund was in Paris over the weekend. He attended a conference about the G20 but the French were mostly interested to hear about his views on the next presidential election...