A QUICK round up of some of the recent news headlines from France.
Attack on Chinese students dents France's image: minister
French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said Sunday that the country's image had taken a hit following an attack on six Chinese oenology students in the wine-producing Bordeaux region.
How Napoleon's semaphore telegraph changed the world
Napoleonic semaphore was the world's first telegraph network, carrying messages across 18th Century France faster than ever before. Now a group of enthusiastic amateurs are reviving the ingenious system.
Paris mayor praises beauty of revamped Place de la République
Bertrand Delanoë says £20.4m renovation of French capital's historic square has allowed it to be reclaimed by the people.
Head blow leaves Australian with French accent: report
An Australian woman who now speaks with a French-sounding accent after a head injury eight years ago has revealed the experience has left her feeling frustrated and reclusive.
Anne Hidalgo: How heir to Spanish socialist tradition has chance to be first female mayor of Paris
Working mother takes on France's elite in battle for job to run capital city – a position which is seen as a stepping stone to the presidency.