HERE is a quick catch-up on recent news headlines on France.
A proud nation ponders how to halt its slow decline
Europe is talking about “the French question”: can the Socialist government of President François Hollande pull France out of its slow decline and prevent it from slipping permanently into Europe’s second tier?
French PM and unions meet on retirement reform
The French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, is meeting with eight unions and three employers’ groups to discuss proposed pension reforms. The reform is part of a series of measures aimed at reducing France’s large public deficit.
Paris hotels attempt to lure customers by playing up literary links
Exploiting cultural connections has become a profitable marketing ploy for hoteliers in the French capital.
World's oldest balloon race sets off from eastern France
Eighteen hot-air balloons defied difficult weather to set off from the eastern French city of Nancy on the world's oldest ballon race on Sunday morning. The Gordon Bennett Cup was started ion 1906 by the founder of the International Herald Tribune newspaper and bears his name.