After a five year suspension Madagascar will be reintegrated into the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), according to its Secretary General Abdou Diouf speaking Friday in Paris.
Egyptian left-wingers call on the army to stay out of politics, foreign donors are set to halt aid to Kenya to protest at money-laundering and labour disputes continue in South Africa.
The European Commission on Wednesday placed France under "reinforced surveillance", criticising its "lack of competitiveness" and high public debt.
The French parliament on Monday passed a law imposing tough penalties on companies which shut down without attempting to find a buyer three months before closure.
The French stock exchange fell 1.08 per cent at opening on Thursday, as did most of Europe's bourses. France's private sector activity has declined in February, a study showed.
Dongfeng buys into Peugeot. Is this good news for France? Who will be in control? What will happen to French jobs? Will Hollande's Responsibility Pact fail?
France's PSA Peugeot Citroën's board approved a tie-up with Chinese carmaker Dongfeng and the French state on Tuesday.
French President François Hollande made a bid to clean up France's image with foreign investors when he met business leaders from 34 companies and sovereign wealth funds in Paris on Monday.
After nine consecutive days on the rise, the Paris Stock exchange opened 0.14 per cent up on Monday. The French Cac-40 index reached its highest level since September 2008 on Friday.
The French economy grew more than previously estimated in 2013 ... but only just. The government admitted Friday that "more has to be done".