French industrial production decreased by 0.5% in the second quarter that may lead to a lower than expected 2014 growth rate.
French President François Hollande has increased pressure on Berlin and the European Central Bank to do more to pick up the sluggish economy and do more to fight the risk of deflation.
A job creation summit aimed at spurring half a million much-needed positions got off to a rocky start on Monday as two major labour organisations said they would boycott the event.
Five executives have been held in a cigarette factory in western France since Wednesday afternoon. The cigarette manufacturer, Seita, announced the closure of the factory last month.
French unemployment rose again last month with the Socialist government failing to keep President François Hollande’s campaign promise to reverse its upward rise.