Anti-terrorism police are hunting a bearded man, possibly of North African origin, who fled after attacking the soldier in a crowded train station.
The 23-year-old French soldier was attacked to the throat by a man with a cutter kinfe while patrolling the Paris business quarter La Défense.
The Oscar-winning director of 'The Artist' has criticised film funding in France, sheltered by state subsidy, high salaries and 'complacency'.
The attack in Lille was the latest in a series of homophobic incidents amid nationwide tensions over the introduction of a same-sex marriage law.
On the face of it, the incident looked like yet another regrettable but sadly all-too common attack on a bus company employee. But in the middle of the assault on the 35-year-old in central Paris, one of the two assailants pulled out his warrant card and told onlookers he was a police officer. The police complaints authority is now investigating. However, as Louise Fessard reports, despite the attack being captured on video surveillance cameras and the fact that the attackers are readily identifiable, no arrests have yet been made.
Police question 11 members of a suspected terrorist cell after a series of raids across the country, while another suspect was shot dead in Strasbourg.
An armed gang attacked a cargo plane unloading at Marseille airport, driving a car through a perimeter fence, reports La Provence newspaper.
French police unions furious at no action taken after three officers were attacked while checking the identity of a woman flouting a burka ban.
A fifth man has been detained on suspicion of taking part in a hammer attack against three young Jewish men in the town of Villeurbanne.
French journalist Audrey Pulvar and her partner, prominent Socialist Party figure Arnaud Montebourg, were harassed by a crowd of men in Paris.