Keyword: Michel Sapin
Finance minister and president say changes can wait until 2016 but economy minister and prime minister say they want action 'in short term'.
Government has made 'regulatory thresholds' - which employers say stop firms growing - a key focus of talks on labour market reforms.
Brussels may be willing to use new compliance rules to tell Paris to rewrite its 2015 budget, triggering a crisis.
Ministers say borrowing will meet EU limits two years later than promised and that 'no further effort will be demanded of the French'.
Ministers from countries who have carried out major budget cuts said to be 'very unhappy' with French failure to meet deadlines.
Finance minister says economy will grow by just 0.4% in 2014 compared with recent 0.5% forecast and public deficit will be 4.4% not 3.8%.
Finance minister says growth for 2014 will be 0.5% - half the original forecast - as figures show French economy stagnant in second quarter.
French finance minister Michel Sapin calls for 'rebalancing' of the currencies used for global payments after US fined BNP Parisbas bank.
Organisation also fears voter resistance to spending restraints could jeopardise France's long-term strategy for restoring public accounts to health.
In all 24,800 people were added to the jobless total last month, marking a new record of 3.388 million without work in France.
Commission says reform programme unveiled by President François Hollande in January had 'insufficient' detail to match its ambitions.
Segolene Royal first supports GE bid for French firm, then backtracks, as she also attacks some male ministers as 'cocksure machos'.
Led by prime minister Manuel Valls, ministers insist that eurozone political leaders should take up exchange rate issue and not leave it to ECB.
But French finance minister Michel Sapin insisted in a statement that Paris would meet the 3 percent target in 2015.
Prime minister Manuel Valls pledges France will stick to 2015 target despite earlier suggestions from president that it would ask for more leeway.