Jean Dujardin, who has already won a Golden Globe for his role in 'The Artist' and is nominated for an Oscar, has endeared himself – particularly his eyebrows – to the French.
This year's Tour de France is considered one of the toughest in years, including two ascents of the notorious Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenées.
The meltdown of France's World Cup team - both on and off the pitch - have shaken all walks of French society. The team has become a metaphor for everything seen as wrong in France today – politics, race, wealth, and too much individualism.
A group calling for "resistance to the Islamization of France" is using Facebook to advertise an anti-Muslim party at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Friday. Some 7,000 have RSVPed already.
Participants of the Wave Gothic Festival pose in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Saturday.
A resurgence of Firemen's Balls, and spotlights on Sarkozy, Johnny Hallyday, and Indian troops.
The seven-time champion lines up in Monaco on Saturday for Day 1 of an event looking to overcome the doping-inspired moniker "Tour de Farce."