China has had to delay the loan of two pandas to France because the Greek debt crisis dominated the G20 summit when they hoped to finalise details, French Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said on Monday.
France unveiled a €7 billion austerity package and plans to balance its budget by 2016 on Monday as President Nicolas Sarkozy seeks to protect the country's credit rating ahead of a tough election fight.
Heavy rain and flooding hit southern France at the weekend, seeing hundreds of people evacuated, three killed in flood-related accidents, and 12 regions still on alert on Sunday.
Up to 100 people have spent their third night camped outside in Paris' premier business district, La Défense, according to protestors.
Loulou de la Falaise, who created jewellery and hats for fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, died on Saturday at the age of 63, the Yves Saint Laurent-Pierre Bergé Foundation announced.
Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal goes on trial in a Paris court on Monday charged with four deadly bombings carried out almost 30 years ago as extreme-left wing attacks ravaged Europe.
A man was being questioned on Sunday night in connection with the murder of an eight-year old girl who went missing on Saturday in the southern town of Bellegarde.
A first-year student at a Paris university has lodged an official complaint after an initiation ceremony left him with letters written in blood on his back.
Prime minister François Fillon will announce new cost-cutting measures on Monday as a new poll suggests more French people are already feeling the pain of the economic crisis.