Visit the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera. For decades, the five-star resort has been a haven for celebrities and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Sharon Stone.
The French artist Jean Cocteau loved Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Côte d'Azur, and he presented the picturesque fishing town with a work that still bears fruit.
Malian security forces have freed hostages after Islamist militants took at least 100 people hostage at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako. At least 21 people have been killed.
Troops backed by French special forces have freed 126 hostages from a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital after al-Qaeda gunmen staged an attack. At least 23 people were killed and dozens wounded.
France plans to bring in more police units and surveillance cameras to reassure especially Asian tourists put off by robberies and militant attacks and avoid a sharp drop in visitor numbers.
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