Before former President Ben Ali fled Tunisia amid the popular uprising, France offered its support to the troubled dictator. Now France is struggling to find new footing with its former colony.
Roman Polanski is a free man Monday after the Swiss government refused to extradite the film director to the US on a 1977 rape charge.
Marie Ndiaye won the Prix Goncourt for tackling immigration in her novel "Trois femmes puissantes." She refuses to retract her equally bold criticism of Sarkozy's France.
French elites lobby to "Free Polanski." American and French students pick sides in a French debate over the rape case.