The French government has ceded to pressure from is parliamentary supporters and agreed to lower the revenue threshold for its wealth tax to €250,000 ($340,000) per year, lawmakers said on Tuesday.
When it comes to socks, one is more likely to find a French or Swiss man wearing a smelly pair than a German or a Brit.
One of France's best-known newspapers failed to appear in news kiosks on Tuesday after journalists and employees stopped working to protest against plans to switch to an online-only version of the 67-year-old title.
New rules have been introduced as a response to complaints from viewers that TV ads are much louder than the programmes they are interrupting.
More wealthy Britons are planning to flee what they believe to be an over-taxed and crime-ridden UK, with France the most favoured destination, according to a survey published by British bank Lloyds TSB.
France coach Laurent Blanc said in his eve-of-game press conference there is no chance his side will play for a draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina despite needing only a point to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals.
Commuters, train passengers and school pupils can expect problems on Tuesday as five unions call strikes across the country to protest against government cuts.