President Nicolas Sarkozy is running for a second term. But with the economy the primary issue among French voters, it looks like Sarkozy may have a hard time winning re-election, even when he stresses security issues.
A 200-year old law prohibiting Parisian women from wearing trousers has been revoked. The law was started in November 1800 to prevent women from dressing like a man unless they receive permission from the local police.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is wooing far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round - the first time a sitting president has lost in the first round.
Correspondent Laura Lynch in Mali describes the time she's just spent with a French army convoy on the road to Gao, Mali. Islamists extremists have been pushed out of Gao, but there are still dangers on the road.
At some level, all countries push new citizens to integrate and that's where civics and language citizenship tests come in. But when you take a longer look at how citizenship exams are developed worldwide, you realize they can have less to do with methodology than promoting a strict cultural identity.