France's economy experienced no growth at all in the first quarter of 2014, disappointing hopes of a 0.2 per cent rise in production, as the eurozone's hoped-for recovery failed to materialise.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told ministries to make 18 billion euros of cuts in spending over three years in a letter outlining their budgets for 2015.
Paris's most expensive apartment has just fetched eight million euros, 46,200 euros per square metre. But estate agents who were charged with selling it aren't happy.
US company Omnicom and French group Publicis called off merger talks to form the world's largest advertising company on Thursday.
The French press found Thursday's lacklustre and rain-drenched May Day parades against the Socialist government’s budget cuts uninspiring.