Change that has sparked most fury is removal of traditional circumflex accent, which will vanish above vowels 'i' and 'u' in certain words.
Union representing head teachers and senior staff says students massing on the street constitutes even higher risk than that posed by tobacco.
Freighter Modern Express, adrift for six days, has 300 tons of fuel on board and is expected to hit French Atlantic coast within 24 hours.
Though Rivette never achieved celebrity status of François Truffaut or Jean-Luc Godard his often enigmatic work was revered by film fans.
President says threats will not weaken French resolve after video shows attackers training, beheading and shooting captives in IS territory.
André Courrèges, who battled Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, revolutionized fashion in the 1960s and helped popularise miniskirts.
Renowned stuntman Tancrede Melet accidentally fell 98ft while holding onto a hot air balloonin in southern France.
The ship from 1970s TV series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau was badly damaged in 1996 in an accident in Singapore.
Former French football star and UEFA boss, already suspended from football for 8 years, has formally thrown in FIFA presidential towel.
The companies, two of the four current players in the market, said talks are taking place on Orange buying Bouygues's telecoms arm.
French president François Hollande led tributes to 69-year-old music star whose songs reflected the mood of the 1960s and 1970s in France.
Some 86% of public back constitutional change to allow French citizenship to be taken from bi-nationals if convicted of terrorist offences.
They are French, Muslim and living in Egypt. Several hundred Salafists from France have chosen to live in this “Islamic land” because they no longer wish to stay in their country of origin, a “land of disbelievers” or heathens where they feel it has become impossible to practice their religion as they wish. They are not jihadists and have come to Egypt in search of their Islamic identity. Yet for many this is proving harder than they thought. Adama Sissoko reports.
Members of ruling party want key committee to rule that President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls's idea is against its principles.
The UNESCO World Heritage park, which attracts thousands of tourists, is being targeted by Malian jihadists say French officials.