Paris aims to complete withdrawal of 3,000 soldiers this year and keep a permanent 1,000-strong force to support U.N. peacekeeping mission.
After a tax-dodging scandal and ahead of likely stiff new disclosure standards, politicians are publishing details of their properties and assets.
One of the men detained, a freelance photographer, managed to escape from the group who had taken him captive last November.
First panic then a state of limbo overtook the French government after the shock confession of former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac over his Swiss bank account. Now president François Hollande, under great pressure from all sides of the political debate and amid growing public disenchantment, looks set to announce major new measures in a bid to improve the 'morals' of French politics. Lénaïg Bredoux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.
Force of 1,000 soldiers has begun a sweep of a river valley thought to be a logistics base for armed Islamists near the Malian city of Gao.
The world of French horse racing is undergoing a revolution. Money is pouring in from Qatar and other Gulf states, while deregulation of the sector is encouraging more and more online betting – at the risk of encouraging more problems of gambling addiction. Few outside the racing industry have taken much notice of the transformation. But, as Laurent Mauduit argues, it is a reflection of the wider changes that are also affecting the world of French capitalism.
Recent years have seen a surge in French talent migrating to the Chinese city in search of opportunities amid Asia's economic boom.
Many in northern Mali who lived under rebel rule last year are worried about French plans to leave just 1,000 troops in the country by December.
Fleur Pellerin has begun a highly anticipated visit to the land of her birth, where her success story is a source of public pride, admiration and curiosity.
Al-Qaeda's North African offshoot claims that it killed businessman Philippe Verdon on 10 March in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali.
French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac (pictured) has resigned after it was announced on Tuesday that a full-blown independent judicial investigation has been opened into evidence he held an undisclosed bank account in Switzerland. The events follow the authentication by forensic police of a tape, first revealed by Mediapart, on which he is heard discussing the account, which he has hitherto denied holding. Announcing the opening of a judicial investigation, the Paris public prosecutor's office said an examining magistrate will now seek the cooperation of the authorities in Switzerland and in Singapore, to where funds from the account were allegedly transferred. It also revealed the investigation will pursue claims that money paid into Cahuzac's account came from pharmaceutical companies.
Recording shows man whose four children were kidnapped with him and other family members in Cameroon saying: 'We lose strength every day'.
When he was a candidate for the presidency, François Hollande promised to create a French system of government that would be beyond reproach. Earlier this week the president took his first steps to achieve that with the announcement of four laws to change the French Constitution. Yet there has been as much attention on the measures left out of the reforms as on what has been included. For example, there is no end to the president's immunity from prosecution while in office. Lénaïg Bredoux and Michel Deléan explain that the president has only backed those laws he is sure will get passed.
Anti-terror judge tells media he is worried about the implication of large numbers of French Muslims heading to Syria to fight a holy war.