News stops: Roma payment scheme scrapped
A LOOK at some of the headlines from France.
France to scrap Roma return payments by year end
France is to scrap payments that aimed to encourage Roma to return to their countries of origin but did nothing to prevent them coming back to France.
Bank of France forecasts contraction
The French economy will contract 0.1% in the final three months of the year, the Bank of France's monthly survey showed Monday.
Time running short for agreement to loosen French labour laws
Trade unions and employers are making slow progress on a pact to overhaul France's rigid labour rules, raising the chances that President Francois Hollande will have to take the potentially explosive issue into his own hands.
Paris hit by wave of street muggings and grave robberies
Austerity-struck Paris has been hit by a wave of street muggings and grave robberies with thieves prepared to exhume bodies to steal gold and jewellery.
Case of Elgar's cowbell concerto sets rural France against townies
English expat sued over 'exhaustion and anxiety' caused by sound of cows on his land.