News stops: Air raids hit Mali Islamist rebels
HERE is a look over some of the recent headlines from France.
France pledges to fight until Mali's Islamist rebels are wiped out
Air raids continue 'day and night' in battle with insurgents, but French president dismisses suggestion of colonialism.
Somali Shebab say have 'decided to execute' French hostage
Somali Islamists said Wednesday they have decided to execute the French intelligence officer they have held for more than three years and who was the object Saturday of a botched rescue bid.
Laurent Fabius on French actions in Mali
I would like to provide an update on the diplomatic situation relating to the military operation in Mali. First of all, I would like to remind you of the objectives of this intervention, which we initiated at the request of the Malian authorities in order to respond to an emergency.
Renault aims to cut 7,500 posts in France
French carmaker Renault is aiming to cut 7,500 jobs on its home patch by 2016 to help boost competitiveness as the slump in its domestic and European markets shows no sign of easing.