The latest European Commission economic forecasts say the French government deficit will hit 4.1 percent this year, 3.8 percent next year.
French customs staff numbers and ressources are falling sharply, mirroring an EU-wide decline in monitoring of surveillance of import traffic.
French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll tells FT that France insists that EC sets uncrossable 'red lines' in trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.
President François Hollande to channel EU farming subsidies to smaller producers and away from intensive, highly-mechanised producers.
Ministers want to establish tax regime for digital companies that ensures the profits they make on the European market are subject to taxation.
Despite EU concerns, Pierre Moscovici insists pace of economic reform in France is already going 'at a very fast speed' and cannot be accelerated.
EU's economics chief says France going in right direction but needs to say how increases in labour costs due to pension reforms will be compensated.
French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has confirmed that the 'public deficit will be a little higher than expected'.
The revelation that the United States has been spying on European Union offices in America – and possibly in Brussels too – has sparked outrage across the continent. French president François Hollande has called for an 'immediate' end to such snooping and he and others have suggested the scandal could affect the imminent negotiations over transatlantic trade. There have also been calls from the Right and Left in France for Paris to offer the whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum. However, as Ludovic Lamant and Stéphane Alliès report, the reaction from EU leaders in Brussels to the affair has so far been much more restrained.
Leaders from across political spectrum say whistleblower should be given refuge in France as president calls for US spying to stop 'immediately'..
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that if claims made in Der Spiegel magazine are confirmed, it would be 'totally unacceptable'.
Trade minister Nicole Bricq said Jose Manuel Barroso was a poor choice for the job and had achieved nothing in his term of office.
Budget watchdog calls for new round of drastic cuts and an immediate freeze in public sector pay, warning public finances are badly off track.
Accused of fuelling far-right nationalism, Commission boss says French politicians should not use EU as a scapegoat for their own problems.
France has until now threatened to veto EU-US free trade negotiations due this summer unless movies and digital media are left out of the talks.