Makers of the headgear once popular among 19th-century peasants and which has long symbolised a now bygone rural France have for decades been in decline, but now one is making a comeback with models for fashionistas that can fetch up to 1,000 euros.
The Australian designer credited with creating the swimwear for Muslim women says online sales have been 'hectic' following controversial French beach bans.
April deal for 36 of the French jets is hit by dispute over unit prices and degree of manufacturing to be carried out in India, say informed sources.
President François Hollande travelled to Doha to sign the Rafale deal, the fighter plane's third foreign contract after sales to Egypt, India.
A series of unprecedented sales this month suggest that Paris may finally be rising to the top ranks of the international art market.
After enjoying years of growing sales and exports, France's Champagne producers see sales falling even further than in 2012.
French anti-money laundering investigators raise alarm over recent Chinese, Russian and Ukranian acquisitions of loss-making vineyards.
As sales by carmakers PSA and Renault stall on home turf, the financially-solid VW group is finding space in France with cheaper loan deals.