Francois Hollande's Socialist party set to lose half its departments as ex-president calls for change.
10 killed in crash near Andes include London 2012 gold medalist, veteran yachtswoman and Olympic boxer.
Socialist chairman denounces Assad as 'a butcher' after French cross-party delegation visits Damascus this week.
Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France agree a deal to end fighting in Ukraine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns sending weapons to Kiev risks escalating the conflict.
The Front National seems the main beneficiary of a month of woe that went beyond the Paris attacks.
The magazine accused the French of "reopening Hitler's concentration camps to exterminate Muslims".
François Hollande was once regarded as France's least popular leader but is currently enjoying a boost now.
Evidence has emerged linked at least one of the attackers to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penisular, or AQAP.
The manhunt, which started on Wednesday, has been focused on the town of Dammartin-en-Goele.
This week's murders at the French satirical magazine will feed extremists on all sides.
There have been reports that the gunmen held up a petrol station in northern France Thursday morning.
A 27-year-old policewoman was killed in Thursday's attack
This was the fourth attacker arrested in as many days, prompting fears of a crime wave.
Sarkozy knows only a landslide win will deter party rivals from challenging him for the presidential ticket
In an attempt to shake-off record low approval ratings French President Hollande has said he will impose no new taxes on anyone in France starting next year
The Front National leader was overwhelmingly shown to be the most popular candidate for the French presidential elections, ahead of Hollande and Sarkozy
The teenage sons of Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande's former companion Valerie Trierweiler have been involved in a four-month long Twitter feud
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve dismissed calls to resign following the death of a young protester in police clashes
Presidential contender Manuel Valls attempts to reform French leftism, an ideology lagging behind the rest of Europe
For Hollande, who is revamping his government for a second time in two years, the shakeup could be his last chance to make a success of his presidency
Manuel Valls may seek to appoint cabinet ministers from other parties amid political turmoil in Paris