France has long prided itself on its generous labor laws, that give workers more security and more perks than in most European countries. But hit by the eurozone crisis and an ageing population, France now needs reform
French President Francois Hollande used his Africa visit to strengthen economic ties. But in Cameroon there were protests at his presence and Angolan rights activists criticized him.
The Port of Calais is reopening after continued labor actions. In Britain, police closed off motorway sections while more than 3,000 trucks waited to board ships to France, where ferry workers blocked the port.
France "won't tolerate" security threats, President Francois Hollande said after reports of NSA spying. According to WikiLeaks, three presidents were monitored, discussing the Middle East, Greece and even US spying.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Saturday's meeting of eurozone finance ministers would be "decisive" in reaching a Greece bailout deal. The deadline now lies just four days away.