France's trade deficit, which had increased sharply due to a cold snap in February, narrowed in March to hit €5.7 billion ($7.4 billion), customs data showed Wednesday.
Activists protesting against plans for a new airport near Nantes have stopped their hunger strike at 28 days.
Republican US lawmakers gave a cautious reaction Tuesday to Socialist Francois Hollande's presidential win in France, with one senator warning the result could mark an "unnerving" setback in Afghanistan.
The body of a 55-year-old man, thought to have been beaten to death, has been found in a bin full of water in Bessé-sur-Braye, 55 km from Le Mans.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said Wednesday that the situation in Greece was "extremely worrying" after elections punished mainstream parties backing an EU-IMF bailout package.
A climber dubbed the French Spiderman is attempting to scale the tallest skyscraper in Paris tomorrow.