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
France has been Greece's most powerful ally in the country's financial crisis. Paris, however, appears to be at least partly driven by its own economic worries. Elizabeth Bryant reports from the French capital.
A market survey has revealed that while German consumers remain overwhelmingly positive about their own personal finances, they are less optimisitic when it comes to the overall health of Europe's largest economy.
French President Hollande has called for an overhaul of how the eurozone is governed, saying that a "stronger organization" of the 19-member currency bloc could help win back people who've sided with euroskeptics.
The French government has passed a new economic law that aims to make the country more competitive and business-friendly. However critics say the impact will be minimal, as Elizabeth Bryant reports from Paris.