There was a mega-conference here the other day, and some people from the Open University gave a conference on everything they had to offer.
Right at the end of their presentation there was a section on all their online freebies. I'd advise French learners to got to iTunes, go to iTunes store, go to iTunes U and search for "open university French". I just had a peek and there is plenty on offer, for free.
The lady giving the presentation also spoke of free annotated French books - do you know where I can find these?