Another 5,000 jobs are to go in France with the country's second biggest courier firm, Mory-Ducros, declaring bankruptcy on Friday. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has promised to find buyers.
Three people died on Thursday after the season's first snowfall caused traffic chaos in France.
Farmers in the Paris region called off a blockade of the French capital on Thursday after the death of a firefighter on his way to work and a second accident that injured six people.
Much of the east of France was cold weather alert Wednesday as forecasters predict snowfall heavy enough to seriously disrupt traffic and some business activities overnight.
Winter has started in the French mountains with heavy snowfall disrupting transport and cutting off electricity to thousands of homes in the south of the country.
The young Frenchman judged too fat to travel on British Airways and the Queen Mary ocean liner was banned from the Eurostar London-Paris rail link on Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic slowed to a snail's pace on several French motorways on Saturday as road-freight companies joined protests against the ecotax on lorries transporting goods on the country's roads.
Protests against France's ecotax continued Saturday, despite the government's suspension of the controversial levy on road freight.
Deaths on French roads rose in October after 10 months of decline, road safety officials announced on Friday. The number of non-fatal injuries went down year on year.
Three of the six national dailies to hand give their main front page stories to the tragic killings of our two journalist colleagues, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali at the weekend.