Former French Prime Minister François Fillon and his rival Jean-François Copé both claim victory for leadership of the conservative UMP party.
Senior diplomat says France is providing funds to rebel-held parts of Syria to help restore water supplies, sanitation, health services and bakeries.
Following the major earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, the threat of a nuclear catastrophe caused by overheating at the country's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant increases hour by hour. The crisis has highlighted the perilous number of nuclear installations established in a country regularly rocked by quakes. Mathieu Gaulène reports on the history of Japan's nuclear energy programme and the past incidents that so clearly announced a disaster to come.