HERE is a look back over the past week to see what has been making the headlines in France, including Asterix, ancient Greeks and students struggling to find accommodation.
L'état, c'est moi: the cult of Sarko - The Independent
Half way through his term, he is in danger of being seen, even by his supporters, as a hypocrite – an emperor who looks after his own.
No housing for French students - RFI
Students trying to find somewhere to live at the start of a new academic year face a long and often fruitless search for cheap housing in the French capital.
Ancient Greeks introduced wine to France, Cambridge study reveals - Telegraph
France's well-known passion for wine may have stemmed from the Ancient Greeks, a Cambridge University study discloses.
French re-open 25-year-old murder case after new DNA from hate mail emerges - Telegraph
French investigators have re-opened the 25-year old murder case of a little boy after police extracted new DNA evidence from hate mail sent to the boy's family after his body was found.
Should Asterix hang up his sword? - BBC
The continuing commercial success of the Asterix series masks a painful reality that many fans prefer to ignore: For the past 30 years - ever since Goscinny's death in 1977 - the books have been frankly second-rate.
French without faux pas: rules for the office - Times Online
A guide to French office life covers such subjects as clothes, manners, parties and romances. It makes daunting reading.
Convicted German man 'kidnapped', left outside French court - BBC
A German doctor convicted over the death of his step-daughter nearly 30 years ago was found tied up outside a French court house
Anti-racism challenge to French police database - Expatica France
Anti-racism campaigners said they would file suit before a top French court over a new police database that would log details on their citizens' "geographic origin."
France EU presidency was too costly, politician - Reuters
France's presidency of the European Union last year cost twice as much as the average due to poor management and an excessively ambitious programme.
Flat styled on Versailles palace - BBC
A DIY enthusiast has redecorated his tower block flat in the style of the Palace of Versailles in France, despite never seeing a picture of it.
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