While the centenary commemorations in France marking the end of WWI saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in a symbolic ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump began his visit with a Twitter message attacking Macron's championing of a joint European defence force, and cancelled a visit to a US cemetery of fallen US soldiers, citing bad weather conditions.
The number of reported anti-Semitic attacks rose year-on-year by 69% over the first nine months of 2018, announced French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday, when he said the government was planning a series of measures against hate crimes, including a campaign aimed at educating schoolchildren on the issue of anti-Semitism.
Health minister has already announced investigation into phenomenon of babies born with no or stunted arms for which no cause has been found.
The heavy snowfall in some towns and villages, up to 40cm in places, has caused chaos on the roads and cut power to nearly 200,000 homes.
New plans are set to be announced by interior minister Christophe Castaner following a string of violent incidents in country's classrooms.
UN body said two women fined for wearing full-face Islamic veils should be compensated and asked France to review its controversial 2010 law.
Case is latest legal battle in France over men of black and north African heritage being routinely pulled over and asked to show identity papers.
A man who fled corruption and money laundering charges in his native Ukraine by faking a death certificate has been arrested near Dijon in east-central France where he was found to be living a luxury lifestyle with a château, works of art and vintage cars worth an estimated 4.6 million euros.
Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said he has demanded an explanation from Paris over an alleged incursion into his country by a French police van which Italian media said was captured on CCTV releasing two men thought to be African migrants in woods near Turin.
French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking on Friday during a visit to Armenia, said he was still waiting for more facts about the fate of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, before deciding on France's response.
With just more than five months to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the continuing confusion over the future status of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU is causing mounting anxiety for many of the latter in France, and a leap in applications for French nationality.
The departure last week of heavyweight interior minister Gérard Collomb has forced French President Emmanuel Macron into announcing a government reshuffle expected on Wednesday, as he prepares to enter phase two of his government and draw a line under months of scandals and political setbacks.
Hikers, skiers and sightseers can now ride on top of the Grande Motte cable car, almost 3,500m above sea level, for spectacular views of Alps.