French judges clear the Tarnac Nine, accused of performing an anarchist terror sabotage in a controversial trial, of wrongdoing and describe the existence of a terror group as a "fiction". Defence lawyers had accused ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's government of misusing counterterror law.
With most of the votes counted, the opposition conservatives of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's party win in six of the country’s 13 regions and lead in the Paris region. The ruling Socialists of President François Hollande's party capture five regions. The winner in Corsica is not affiliated with a major party. France's far-right National Front (FN) fails to win a single region but did record its best showing in its history. Voter turnout was 58 percent. Definitive results are expected Monday.
Voters in France go to the polls for the first round of the French presidential election with François Hollande of the French Socialist Party and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy through to the second round.
François Hollande defeats Martine Aubry in a primary runoff election held by the French Socialist Party, becoming the party's official candidate to challenge incumbent President of France Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 presidential election.
The French cabinet led by Prime Minister François Fillon resigns, paving the way for a reshuffle by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Fillon remains as Prime Minister with Michèle Alliot-Marie becoming the Minister for Foreign Affairs replacing Bernard Kouchner.