Laurent Fabius said he was against 'any boycott of Israel' after claims that French mobile operator's exit from Israel was a 'miserable statement'.
Two unions said they will shun crucial talks scheduled for Tuesday, accusing President Hollande of siding with employers over job creation plans.
The French billionaire tycoon has joined the growing worldwide protest over Sultan of Brunei's decision to implement sharia law.
Last week parents of pupils at around 100 French primary schools kept their children at home following unfounded rumours that they were being taught 'gender theory'. Education minister Vincent Peillon felt obliged to order parents to be summonsed to schools to explain that the claims being spread in a concerted text and email campaign were untrue. The woman behind the school boycott call – which exploits a favourite issue of the far-right and hard-line Catholics - is 55-year-old teacher Farida Belghoul. Yet Belghoul was not always involved with the far-right; in the early 1980s she was a high-profile left-wing campaigner on immigrant rights. Lucie Delaporte and Rachida El Azzouzi report on her political journey.
Michel Serres protests there are more English words in ads on the walls of Toulouse than there were in notices in German during the Occupation.
France's sport minister announces football tournament protest over the treatment of jailed opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko in the Ukraine.