BRUSSELS - The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it will defer decisions on any action until early March.
PARIS - The trial of two French nationals who hit and killed an Israeli woman while driving an SUV in Tel Aviv in 2011 then fled to France to avoid prosecution was suspended on Thursday after one of their lawyers was attacked in the court's toilets.
PARIS - France's Thales named group secretary Philippe Logak as its temporary boss on Thursday after its main shareholders failed to resolve a dispute over the succession to Jean-Bernard Levy, who has resigned to run France's top power firm.
WARSAW - France said on Tuesday it was planning to send an armoured military unit to Poland for exercises designed to strengthen the NATO alliance's eastern flank in apparent response to tensions over a pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine.
PARIS - France suspended indefinitely on Tuesday delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier warships to Russia, citing conflict in eastern Ukraine where the West accuses Moscow of fomenting separatism.
LONDON - Kingfisher , Europe's biggest home improvement retailer, cautioned investors on Tuesday against expecting a quick recovery in France, the market that contributes more than half its profits.
PARIS - The head of France's Socialist party rejected any change to the country's 35-hour work week and criticised plans to let shops open more often on Sunday, a sign the government could face an uphill battle to get more labour reforms through parliament.
TOULOUSE France - Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series of demonstrations which have embarrassed the Socialist government.
PARIS/BORDEAUX - The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France's conservative party next week.
PARIS - A year after France scuppered a deal on Iran's nuclear programme it is taking a softer stance in current talks, encouraged by a more inclusive U.S. approach and the knowledge that failure this year could have grim repercussions across the broader region.