The 'main contenders' - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/629/629/6523279.stm
A few facts about France - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6547841.stm
The interesting and thoughtful 'Europe Diary' which is by a BBC Europe correspondent - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/europe_diary/default.stm
Either read or not - its interesting to me as France is quite close to the UK (20 miles) and its a big member of the EU. Both those are significant to the UK (and therefore myself).