A restaurant owner in Corsica was shot several times as he lay in a hospital bed, despite being guarded by two police officers.
Around 150 people attending a service in a church in the southern city of Carcassonne had to take cover when they were attacked with stones.
In the midst of the eurozone debt crisis, some financial managers are touting alternative "passion" investments for the well-to-do who are turning their backs on stock and bond markets.
Colombian rebels on Monday sent a "proof of life" video of a French journalist held captive for a month in the jungle, days before his expected release.
The holiday weekend ended in long delays for thousands of train passengers on Monday night.