Government considers extending TV licence fee to include computer screen owners to boost revenues for public-sector broadcasting operations.
President Francois Hollande's role leaves him well-placed to win parliamentary support for stiffer budget discipline rules he once swore to rewrite.
Prime minister has announced plans to reduce staff numbers in most government ministries by 2.5 percent per year over the next three years.
Franco-German discussions need to build 'a concrete path' for Europe, says European Commission boss José Manuel Barroso.
The national statistics institute says growth this year will be slightly less than the 0.5 percent previously forecast and budgeted by the government.
Government announced the first real-terms increase in the minimum wage for six years but limited the rise to 0.6 percentage points above inflation.
The country must find up to €10bn of savings to bring its budget deficit under control this year, finance minister Pierre Moscovici has said.
New finance minister Pierre Moscovici says there has been a lack of credibility for France over the public deficit and adds: "We're being watched".
The European Commission has sent a message to new French President Francois Hollande that his growth agenda faces severe constraints.