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.
"France is ready to roll out the red carpet to British investors if Britain leaves the EU" said French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, in a swipe at David Cameron.
It's difficult to avoid the European elections in today's French press.
European parliamentary elections and Alstom, with two weeks left to the deadline for a decision between American and German pretenders, dominate the front page stories of French dailies.