HERE is a look back over some of the headlines and stories that have been making the news in France.
French Chamber of Deputies uncovers secret 'prison' cell | www.english.rfi.fr
A small cell thought to have been used to detain unco-operative guests has been uncovered entombed in the walls of the National Assembly, the French Lower House, in Paris.
Taser guns back on French streets | www.english.rfi.fr
Authorities in France have passed legislation that would equip municipal police forces with muscle incapacitating weapons known as tasers.
SeaFrance says passenger ferry bookings safe after entering bankruptcy protection - The Connexion
The loss-making cross-Channel ferry provider has called in administrators to tackle its debts, but the company says passengers should notice no difference.
BBC News - French arrest Rwandan doctor accused over genocide
Rwandan authorities, who allege Dr Rwamucyo committed war crimes during the genocide, welcomed the arrest.
Johnny Hallyday put in coma because of 'incredible' alcohol intake: report - Telegraph
Johnny Hallyday, France's favourite rocker, had to be placed into a coma by doctors after drinking "incredible" levels of alcohol rather than due to problems following back surgery, medical records leaked show.
France considers plan to abolish French Revolution département legacy - Telegraph
France's parliament is considering a plan that could stealthily abolish the country's historic "départements", created after the French Revolution to unite the nation and break with the country's aristocratic past.
Workers will no longer retire at 60, says government | www.english.rfi.fr
The French government is to raise the legal retirement age, Employment Minister Eric Woerth said on Wednesday, confirming unions’ fears that workers will no longer be able to start claiming a full state pension at 60.
French schools give pupils a break with afternoon sports - The Independent
In a move that could dramatically alter France's arduous educational culture and bring it into line with Germany's less intense model, a hundred secondary schools across the country have agreed to test a new model that lightens the academic load in favour of afternoons filled with sports.
Cannes Film Festival 2010: Thai film Uncle Boonmee wins Palme d'Or - Telegraph
Thai film "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" has won the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture at the Cannes film festival.
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