French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon called on Monday for a mutiny by Socialist Party ministers disenchanted with the policies of President François Hollande.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman on Monday sought to play down meetings this week with the leaders of France and Greece, saying that no "significant decisions" would be taken.
Ferries once owned by bankrupt firm SeaFrance took to the sea again Monday under the name of My Ferry Link after a buy-out by the operator of the tunnel between Britain and France.
France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius has requested clarification from Air France over the decision to divert an aircraft from Beirut to Damascus last Wednesday.
Some 53 percent of UMP voters would like to see former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy to be the party's candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, according to a new poll.
France's meteorological office maintained orange alerts in 34 departments as temperatures climbed to record highs in some areas on Sunday, beating previous highs set in the deadly heatwave of 2003.
Frenchman Philippe Croizon, whose limbs were amputated after an electrical accident in 1994, swam across the Bering Strait linking North America and Asia on Friday to complete his quest to link all the world's continents.