With his long hair, bowties and ornate spider brooches, top mathematician Cédric Villani quickly became a popular politician as an MP in 2017.
Mayor reportedly saw two men dumping rubble and asked them to reload it, but as they drove off he was struck by van and died of his injuries.
Dany Kocher from Phalsbourg in eastern France issued the decree, citing UN demand for a probe into claims of police brutality as one reason.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who faces a tough re-election campaign in 2020, has plans, if re-elected, to transform the four central Paris districts into largely pedestrian zones as part of a continuing programme to clean up the French capital's chronic air pollution.
Former socialist prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, 55, has told Spanish media that he is mulling becoming a candidate in mayoral elections next year in Barcelona, where he was born, when he would run as representative of Spain's centre-right Ciudadanos party which is opposed to Catalan independence.
Mayor of popular resort of Cannes, David Lisnard, has issued order forbidding beachwear that doesn't respect 'good morals and secularism'.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to regroup the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th city districts under one town hall will go to parliament for ultimate approval.
Elected official who cut his own salary to keep down local costs is forced under new law to pay himself twice as much as he planned.
Far-right mayor angers artists with plans to make them earn their subsidised rent by looking after primary school children for free.
Robert Ménard, elected on a far-right ticket, said 64.6% of town's schoolchildren were Muslims after an illegal poll of childrens' first names.
Normandy village with population of 388 is seeking to lure people to come and build new homes after exodus of young people seeking work.
Anne Hidalgo said an interview with a so-called security expert who claimed parts of Paris were like Baghdad had "prejudiced" the city's image.
Right-wing mayor of Champlan near Paris provoked outrage for blocking burial of the baby, who will now be laid to rest in neighbouring town.
Court said mayor knew of flooding risks but hid them to allow seaside homes to be built; 29 died in 2010 storm when sea wall broke.