THE troubles of the wine industry in France have been well documented, but the fight back is underway with the help of cut-price deals and an Arrogant Frog.
The weekend news offers advice on wine, swimwear and beaches with a dash of high-speed internet thrown in for good measure.
Four bottles to get France cheering again
The Threshers off-license chain has gone French over the past couple of weeks and the Observer offers some tips on the best wines to pick amongst the special deals.
An amusing little Frog: French wine labels get funny
Vineyards add a comic touch to turn around falling sales, calling upon an Arrogant Frog and an Elephant on a Tightrope to help them out.
Calder swims across France
The Independent newspaper takes a two-part look at swimming pools and beaches, the first instalment sees Simon Calder swim in pools across France.
More beach, less traffic
In part two Simon Calder gets his calculator out and finds that every French person only has 56mm of beach to enjoy, and says it is no wonder people struggle to reach the coast at the start of the holidays.
Paris homes get 2.5Gb net connections
It is only an experiment but France is gaining a lead on high-speed internet access and leaving many of its European partners far behind.