HERE is a look over some of the news headlines from France.
Growth crisis exposes burden of French largesse
Savoring a long lunch after a morning tending to baby quince and pear trees, the French Senate's 78 gardeners are blissfully untouched by the economic crisis gnawing at Europe's core.
France fears hundreds of Islamist extremists at large
France's interior minister on Monday predicted more arrests of Islamic extremists and warned of possibly hundreds of home-grown militants at large following a crackdown that sent shockwaves through the country's Jewish community.
Marseille police corruption scandal deepens as 30 officers suspended
The number of Marseille police suspected of involvement in corruption rose to 30 on monday, following the suspension of an additional 18 officers from a unit in the southern French port.
Knives out as French villagers march on Paris in battle with big business
The village of Laguiole, famous for cheese and knives, is locked in a bitter legal dispute involving tradition against trademark.
French president congratulates Chavez
French President Francois Hollande congratulated Hugo Chavez on his re-election as leader of Venezuela and expressed France's desire to strengthen ties with his socialist government.