50 Shades tops French charts

Despite overwhelmingly bad reviews, Fifty Shades of Grey has stormed to the top of the French bestseller lists, shifting just over 100,000 copies in its first five days on sale, according to trade magazine Livres Hebdo.

The six-figure sale for Cinquante Nuances de Grey bests the first-week total for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the biggest-selling book in France since accurate records began—it has sold over five million units in France, shifting 90,000 copies in its first week on sale in 2006.

Cinquante Nuances' publisher J C Lattès ordered an initial print run of 525,000 copies for the 550-page French version of James' novel. The other two books in the trilogy will be published in early 2013.