A string of suicides at the state-run post office, La Poste, has led its boss to announce new measures in an effort to restore calm, although unions are angry he did not go further.
The United Nations and Israel led world condemnation of the shooting of three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in France on Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it "despicable murder".
TV, radio and print media were united in their condemnation of shootings which killed four people, including three children, at a school in Toulouse on Tuesday.
A number of feminist organisations have criticised a ruling by international football body FIFA that would allow female players to wear veils.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday he was putting the country's southwestern Midi-Pyrenees region on "scarlet" alert, the highest terror level, after the deadly school shootings in Toulouse.