News stops: France blocks anti-US protests
HERE is a look over some of the weekend news headlines from France
France moves to block further anti-US protests
France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday he had issued orders banning any further anti-US demonstrations over a film deemed insulting to Islam. The move comes a day after police arrested around 150 demonstrators near the US embassy.
Tax 'traitors' widen divisions in belt-tightening France
Most French citizens believe that the rich elite should pay more in tax, but not so much that it will drive them to flee abroad.
Youth urged to ‘break free’ of ‘decaying’ France
Three influential young Frenchmen have launched a campaign encouraging the country’s youth to seek their fortunes abroad, calling France “a decaying and ultra-centralised country run by old men”.
French winemakers concerned over 'chateau' change
French winemakers are concerned their US competitors may be given permission to use the symbolic "chateau" label on bottles exported to Europe, destroying the meaning of the term.
French man fined under new law after downloading Rihanna songs
A man in northern France was fined 150 euros on Thursday for illegally downloading Rihanna songs, in the first such fine under a controversial recent French law on piracy.