The Eurozone’s second-largest economy grew by 1.1 per cent last year compared with 0.2 per cent growth in 2014, figures show.
Data so far prompts tourism minister to predict more than 85 million tourists will have holidayed in France by end of 2015, an all-time record.
The British cyclist, the target of doping allegations for his strong performance in the celebrated race, begins last stage Sunday with 1'.12" lead.
President of the far-right Front National plans to compete for power in northern region normally considered a stronghold of the French Left.
In the first drop since August 2014, the number of people without work fell 19,100 to 3,481,600, down 0.5 percent month on month.
In traditional TV address to the nation, French president told viewers they had 'every reason' to feel confident about the future after a tough 2014.
The French national statistics office INSEE foresees domestic product growth rise in early 2015, helped by oil price tumble and weak euro.
As France prepares to host the UN Climate Change Conference a year from now, it is trying to put its own house in order and take a lead on cutting carbon dioxide emissions. President François Hollande has called for the country to champion the environmental cause, and a new law on switching to clean energy is being enacted. But when it comes to renewable energies France is lagging woefully behind other countries, apart from its big hydroelectric dams that were built decades ago. As Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard reports, this is largely because of the complex rules and perverse subsidies that throttle solar and wind power while benefiting fossil fuels.
French president has 100 days to deliver on changes after EU set a deadline for removing barriers to growth by March 2015.
Finance minister tells Brussels an extra 3.6 billion euros will be cut from public spending next year, placing France 'in line with EU rules'.
Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says new climate aid pledges to poor countries are an ‘absolute precondition’ for next year's summit.
Brussels may be willing to use new compliance rules to tell Paris to rewrite its 2015 budget, triggering a crisis.