Gallica is a digital library of French and francophone culture maintained by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Contains numerous electronic texts, images, maps, animation, and sound files of French and other publications in history, literature, science, philosophy, law, economics, and political science.
Full-text searches in millions of historic newspaper pages, many of which are French papers. To browse what is available from France, click on "Explore Newspapers by Country" and define the date range.
For coverage about France or Francophone countries, you may want to peruse this archive of full content (text & image) of the back-run of several major US national, regional, and minority press newspapers, including the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as several African-American press newspapers such as the Chicago Defender, and selected foreign titles such as the Times of India and the Manchester (UK) Guardian Does NOT cover current years.