A LOOK over some of the recent news headlines from France.
Man, 84, killed by runaway elephant in France
An 84-year-old man was killed near Paris when an elephant belonging to a local circus escaped from its pen and hit him with its trunk, police said Monday.
France jewels thefts: Robbers ram 4x4 into Paris shop
French police are investigating a daring jewellery robbery in Paris - the latest in a series of high-profile thefts in France this summer.
A catatonic power
Whether it’s about coming up with a common position on the Syrian conflict or defending its conquests in the area of new technologies, Europe seems unable to respond to the challenges of the world. Is it still capable of a turn-around?
Fund drive ends Sarkozy's woes over French campaign spending
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's party said Sunday a fundraising drive had raised the millions needed to repay debts after it was denied campaign reimbursements for his failed re-election bid.
French consulate employee arrested smuggling goods into West Bank
Israeli officials arrested an employee of the French consulate in Jerusalem on Tuesday as he tried to cross from Jordan into the West Bank with some 152 kg in gold bars, nearly $2 million in checks and 500 kg of tobacco.