A bottle of Vin Jaune from the Arbois region of eastern France dating from the harvest of 1774, when the last French monarch King Louis XVI was still the country's ruler, has sold for a record 103,700 euros at an auction in the French Jura region, while two other bottles of the same vintage sold for 76,250 euros and 73,200 euros.
The 34-year-old arrived back in north-west France in the early hours of Sunday after completing his 27,860-nautical-mile tour of the globe in a trimaran in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, beating the previous record by six days and recording an average speed of 27.2 knots.
But finance minister says France's deficit was lower in 2015 than expected and that growth is expected to accelerate this year to 1.5%.
Data so far prompts tourism minister to predict more than 85 million tourists will have holidayed in France by end of 2015, an all-time record.
A remarkable video shows the 433 simultaneous take-offs in line at the Chambley airbase in Lorraine, where the precedent record was set in 2013.
Figures are new blow to President François Hollande who has made bringing down unemployment his top priority before elections in 2017.
The number of jobless in France rose by 27,400 in November to total a record 3.488 million, representing a 5.8% rise over the past year.
The French engineering group admitted falsifying books to pay more than 75 million dollars in bribes worldwide for energy arm contracts.
The number of unemployed in mainland France rose by 28,400 in October to total 3,460,900, a 5.5 percent increase over one year.
French business distributed 31 billion euros in dividends in the 2014 second quarter, with banks and insurance companies the biggest payers.
France's busiest summer weekend, with July holidaymakers returning and August ones leaving, led to a record 915 kilometres of tailbacks.
A series of unprecedented sales this month suggest that Paris may finally be rising to the top ranks of the international art market.
The approval rating for the French head of state fell to a new low of 20 percent, the worst for a French president since the poll started in 1958.
François Hollande is the most unpopular French president on 32-year-old records of the BVA opinion poll company, with a 26% approval rating.