Protesters in northern Italy held rallies and staged sit-ins on Wednesday against land seizures for the construction of a controversial high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin.
The French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean issued an orange tsunami alert on Wednesday after a massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island, the local prefect's office said.
French Budget Minister Valérie Pécresse said on Wednesday that market fears over Spain's finances were "excessive".
French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Wednesday that a win for his Socialist rival Francois Hollande in next week's presidential vote would plunge France into financial crisis.
Raymond Aubrac, one of the last surviving senior leaders of the French Resistance, has died aged 97 in Paris, his family said on Wednesday.
A French court on Tuesday fined Air France €100,000 ($131,000) and ordered it to pay compensation after its CityJet subsidiary paid employees based in France under Irish contracts.
The pastor of a church has been held by police after two people died following the collapse of part of the building during an Easter Sunday service.
One year after France introduced a law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public, officials report that around 300 have been fined.
The naked body in Arab art is the theme of a new Paris exhibit meant to broaden views of Arab culture, spotlighting the many artists willing to break taboos and depict nudity in all its forms.
The French branch of US fast food giant McDonald's said on Tuesday it was to introduce a "McBaguette" sandwich in a bid to cater to local tastes.
A 32-year-old policeman was killed early on Wednesday morning as he attended a burglary at a large electrical goods store.