French utilities giant EDF, which will build the controversial new nuclear power station extension in south-west England, greeted the news as "the relaunch of nuclear in Europe”.
For nine months the Vatican has failed to approve Laurent Stefanini, President Hollande's protocol chief, as next French ambassador to Holy See.
France's lower and upper houses voted by strong majorities to approve the controversial 86 billion-euro debt bailout plan agreed on Monday.
The United Protestant Church of France, with about 250,000 members, said the reform was 'an option' for pastors, and 'not an obligation'.
The National Assembly approved by 438 votes to 86 a bill giving the state wide-ranging spying powers, strongly decried by rights' groups.
The European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs accepted revised French and Italian budget plans but warned of close scrutiny.
PM Manuel Valls's drastic plan to meet EU deficit requirements split his Socialist Party and was opposed by the Greens and conservatives.
The Constitutional Council has approved a top income tax rate of 75% after its terms were modified to make employers liable for the payment.
The Council rejected a UMP conservative opposition party appeal against the bill passed in April, and which will be enacted into law next week.