Initial reaction is muted in Paris as the $8.9 billion and other US penalties against France's largest bank are slightly less tough than forecast.
American Justice Department expected to announce a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged sanctions violations by France's biggest bank.
President Hollande talks with Angela Merkel amid fears that 'disproportionate' action against its biggest bank could pose risks to banking system.
Bank of France comment comes after report that BNP faces a 10 billion-dollar fine for evading US sanctions against Iran, Sudan and Cuba.
Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 64, serving two life sentences in France, was fined for verbally abusing a woman prison guard.
French judge refuses to suspend order obliging Google to publish a notice saying it has been fined for breaches of French data protection act.
US search engine ignored three-month ultimatum from French privacy watchdog to bring practices on user information in line with local law.
Zealous social security payments' agency gave owners of a Brittany bar a 9,000-euro fine for 'illegal' use of clients as a workforce.
Judges rule that airline had illegally given French-based staff Irish contracts in order to save money on payroll and other taxes.