News stops: Free scraps online ad-blocking
A look over the headlines from France.
French internet provider backs down over ad-block, minister claims
French internet provider Free has backed down on its threat to block advertising, according to Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin.
Hollande weighs in on gay marriage school row
French President François Hollande voiced his support of Education Minister Vincent Peillon this weekend, after he wrote a controversial letter warning Catholic schools against discussing plans to legalise gay marriage with students.
French retirement home throws out 94-year-old woman on winter weekend
A French minister has slammed a private retirement home for throwing out a 94-year-old woman because her family had failed to pay its bills.
Gérard Depardieu meets Russian president in Black Sea resort - video
The French film star, Gérard Depardieu, visits the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Sochi on Sunday to obtain his Russian passport. Putin granted citizenship to Depardieu, who left his homeland to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires. Russia has a flat income tax rate of 13%, compared with the 75% tax on income over €1m the French president, François Hollande, plans to impose