For those of you wanting to work on your French, I would suggest checking out Apprendre.tv, an interactive classroom offered by one of the public television stations in France; TV5. As it is all in French, you do need a little understanding of the language to get you started. There is a weekly "journal" or newscast to listen to and then you are directed to their on-line exercises of fill-in the blanks, true/false questions and matching. They don't make things easy by talking slowly--it is that difficult rapid fire, I have about 5 marbles in my mouth to make it more difficult to understand French. But it is a great tool to enhance one's comprehension. There's even an on-line dictionary that all of us in my house use for reference. I keep it in my bookmark bar so I can get to it easily.
Another place I visit each morning is le 8 heures newscast on france2.fr. This is their morning program--much like the Today show, with a 10 minute news segment. It's short and sweet, the gentlemen giving the news are easy on the eyes and they make an effort, I do believe, to be understood in terms of their speaking. I use to start all my Paris mornings here while my daughter was getting ready to head off to school. I wish they had the whole show on Internet--it was fun to watch.
Finally, there is France24.com, a 24/7 news channel that you can access all day and listen to in English, French or Arabic. It is my least favorite of the three but is always available and for those of you who find yourselves awake when you should be sleeping, this might be a worthwhile place for you to pass the time until slumber gratefully takes a hold of you once again.
Photo credit: apprendre.tv, france2.fr, france24.com