A look over some of the news headlines from France.
Fire in central Paris leaves at least eight people dead
French police have launched a criminal investigation after a fire in a residential building in the north of Paris left at least eight people dead in one of the city’s worst fires for a decade.
The fire began overnight in a five-storey residential building in the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood in the north of the city, killing at least eight, including reportedly two children.
French justice ministry hired 40,000 undeclared workers, report finds
France’s justice ministry has promised to take action after an investigation leaked in the press found it had hired more than 40,000 undeclared casual workers.
The 2014 report, obtained by the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine, found that 50,000 “occasional public service workers” had not been hired on proper terms, meaning contributions to France’s welfare system or value-added tax (VAT) were not paid.
Three arrested in Paris over 'devil's breath' drug that turns victims into willing 'zombies'
Police have seized two Chinese women and a man in Paris suspected of using a powerful Colombian drug dubbed "the devil’s breath" that turns victims into “zombies” devoid of free will and rob them.
It is thought the three are part of an international Triad-style criminal gang running a multimillion-pound operation around the planet.
Le Creuset turns 90 and wants to make its mark on France
The president and owner of Le Creuset, the iconic French iron casserole pot company that this month celebrates its 90th anniversary, has taken a sideswipe at France, ridiculing its competitiveness and bureaucracy.
Paul Van Zuydam said his company was bedevilled by France’s 35-hour working week. It is “the most expensive country to operate in” he said. “All our cast iron products are made in France. I could save a huge amount of money if I did it elsewhere. It would be half the price in Asia.”
Woman who claimed she was 'allergic to Wi-Fi' gets disability allowance from French court
Marine Richard has managed to score £500 a month in disability allowance from French courts after claiming that she was 'allergic to Wi-Fi'.
She claimed that she suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity and sufferers say that exposure to mobile phones, Wi-Fi and televisions cause extreme discomfort.