May 18, 2013 Parliament had passed the legislation in April, but the main opposition party challenged its constitutionality. A ruling by the Constitutional Council on Friday paved the way for President Francois Hollande's official blessing.
April 24, 2013 Opponents of the new law threw bottles, cans and metal bars. Police responded with tear gas. President Francois Hollande has appealed for calm.
April 23, 2013 France will join 13 other nations that have legalized gay marriage within their borders. In three others, including the U.S., same-sex marriage is legal in some jurisdictions. The new French law also legalizes adoptions by same-sex couples.
March 28, 2013 In a TV interview, Francois Hollande said companies that pay workers more than 1 million euros will see the tax on those salaries increase to 75 percent. The announcement comes as the Socialist leader battles plummeting approval ratings.
March 19, 2013 The exclusive society of French master chefs commands the war against fusion cooking. Their newest group of inductees will preserve French traditions in the kitchen and ensure the next generation continues to have the skills to keep them alive.
February 21, 2013 Gunfire and heavy explosions are heard in Gao, freed by France from Islamist militants' control in early February.
January 27, 2013 The French-led intervention against Islamist rebels is gaining strength. African military chiefs say a minimum of 5,000 regional troops are needed to join the intervention against the rebels.
January 22, 2013 The grinning image has angered the French brass. They're launching an investigation to identify the soldier. According to the AFP photographer who took the photo, the soldier and his comrades were trying to cover their faces as a helicopter kicked up dust.
January 20, 2013 More bodies have been reported found at the gas plant in Algeria where a four-day standoff with Islamist militants came to a bloody end on Saturday.
January 17, 2013 The story of how a man lived in an apartment in Paris with less than 17 square feet of habitable space is being cited as proof of the city's absurd real estate market. The 50-year-old man paid monthly rent of 330 euros, or about $442, for the place he called home for 15 years.
January 16, 2013 The State Department said Americans are reported to be among the hostages taken by militants at an Algerian gas plant. The total number of hostages is unclear, as are the number of Americans. The attack is seen as retaliation against France's intervention against Islamists in neighboring Mali.
January 16, 2013 After five days of airstrikes aimed at Islamist militants, French troops are engaged in their first ground operation in Mali, according to several news outlets. The rebels, who had vowed to retaliate, may have done so by grabbing hostages at an oil field in neighboring Algeria.
January 13, 2013 A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage in Somalia, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
January 13, 2013 "Stopping the terrorists, that's done," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview Sunday. He also said the three-day-old intervention in Mali was getting support from the U.S. and other countries.