HERE are some of the headlines making the news in France from the past few days.
Abducted doctor Krombach jailed for stepdaughter death - BBC News
A French court has sentenced a retired German doctor to 15 years in prison for unintentionally killing his 14-year-old stepdaughter Kalinka nearly 30 years ago in Germany.
Marine Le Pen: 'Detoxifying' France's National Front - BBC News
The daughter of France's National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen is on a mission to polish the party's image, in the months before the 2012 presidential election. Can she match her father's second-place finish in 2002? She claims she can win.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gives birth to girl - The Guardian
Nicolas Sarkozy flies back from euro talks in Germany to see his new daughter, the first baby born to a serving French president.
The disease killing Europe's plane trees - BBC News
The plane trees lining France's 300-year-old Canal du Midi are being felled because of a fungus brought to Europe by US soldiers in World War II. Will the planes that decorate the streets of cities such as Paris and London share the same fate?
No room at the Ritz as Fayed's ailing hotel closes its doors - The Independent
Its owner, Mohamed al Fayed, has decided to take drastic action after the Ritz failed to qualify for a new category of "palace" hotels in Paris this year. Most of its 500 staff will be laid off during the refurbishment.