Francois Hollande says he is expecting a wave of lay-offs to follow next weekend's election, but pledged his government would not stand idly by.
Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuses enemies linked to Nicolas Sarkozy of destroying bid for French presidency.
Presidential election favourite says he will control the number of foreigners allowed to work in France in a time of economic crisis.
Francois Hollande's election to the French presidency will be bad for his country and Europe, says Britain's influential weekly The Economist.
The United States is confident of France's commitment to NATO regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election, say White House officials.
Francois Hollande accuses President Nicolas Sarkozy of trying to hijack a centuries-old May Day celebration of labor rights for political end.
French citizens living in Britain put the current president a whisker ahead of François Hollande, who came top in France itself.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out doing any election deal with the far-right National Front but said its voters should not be demonised.
Austerity strategy poised on a knife-edge as Socialists under François Hollande look set to storm the Elysée Palace in French election
The shooting of a rabbi and three young children at a Jewish school in Toulouse in south-west France and the earlier killing of three off-duty French soldiers have shocked the nation. These tragic events occurred as the presidential election entered its final month, forcing the candidates to reconsider their strategies. Some chose to suspend their campaign, others carried on electioneering. Lénaïg Bredoux, Ellen Salvi and Marine Turchi report.
France effectively put its election campaign on hold after a gunman killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school.