WITH friends and family often visiting at this time of year you can quickly miss what is making the headlines in France, so here is a quick look back over the past few days.
Total's profits fall 12% due to cut in Libyan output - BBC News
Profits at French oil giant Total have fallen 12% after the conflict in Libya disrupted its production in the north African country.
Wild boar found dead on Brittany beach - Telegraph
Eighteen wild boar have been found dead on a Brittany beach, further raising fears that toxic seaweed fuelled by intensive pig farming could pose a health risk to humans on the French region's northern shores this summer.
World record 343 hot air balloons take off at the Lorraine Mondial festival in France - Telegraph
A new world record was set at the Chambley-Bussieres Aerodrome in Eastern France when 343 hot air balloons took off, during the Lorraine Mondial international hot air balloon festival.
Canal du Midi trees to be felled due to plague - Telegraph
France is felling thousands of tress shading the banks of its Canal du Midi, a Unesco World Heritage site, due to a canker stain plague decimating plants along the 17th century marvel of engineering.
Black-bellied hamster given reprieve by European Court of Justice - The Guardian
Ruling demands that France offer better protection to nocturnal rodent regarded as a pest.
Row rages over calls for cull as wolves spread across France - The Independent
After two decades of pro- and anti-wolf battles between nature-lovers, shepherds and politicians, even some supporters of the grey wolf (Canis lupus) are growing alarmed by the rapid progress of the world largest wild canine through the French countryside.