IF you have been out and about over the past few days then get up to speed with what has been happening in France.
Here are a selection of recent headlines, and if you want to stay up to date with things thoughout the week drop in on the French news and blogs section.
French transport workers threaten to pollute river Seine - The Guardian
Angry lorry drivers at struggling transportation company threaten to pour more than 8,000 litres of toxic fuel additive into Parisian river unless their demands for redundancy pay-offs are met.
Air France 'black box' hunt ends - BBC
France's accident investigation agency has abandoned a search for the 'black boxes' from the Air France passenger jet that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Runway found for flying reptiles - BBC
An international team found a 150 million year-old landing strip in Crayssac in South West France.
Mayor selling chapel on eBay - The Connexion
A chapel in the Midi-Pyrénées has gone on sale on the internet auction site eBay.
Press sniffs fake shoppers at minister's visit - Yahoo! News
"The management of Intermarche took the initiative to invite a certain number of workers for the ministers' visit," the store said in a statement issued in response to the stories.
Google bruises Gallic pride as national library does deal with search giant - Times Online
The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) was reported to be on the verge of a deal with the Californian giant under which Google’s digital library would get even larger.
Justice minister announces measures to reduce prison suicides - France 24
As French prisons experience a rise in suicides, French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has announced new preventive measures, including kits containing paper pyjamas to avoid hangings, and support for vulnerable inmates.
Bee-eating Chinese hornets spread through France - Reuters
The hornet is now firmly established near Bordeaux and has advanced as far north as parts of Brittany in northwestern France.
War baby Daniel Rouxel's struggle for recognition of his French-German origins - Times Online
At least 200,000 children are believed to have been fathered by German soldiers in France during the war, and about 300 have submitted a claim for dual Franco-German nationality.
France paid 'around 200,000 euros' in bail for jailed lecturer - France 24
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday that Paris had paid around 200,000 euros in bail to secure the release of French academic Clotilde Reiss, who spent six weeks in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.