As Francois Hollande marks one year in office, he may go down in history for the sharpest popularity loss. His approval ratings have sunk to less than 25 per cent - the biggest fall for any French president in the past 50 years.
The 75% super-tax on the mega-rich, which was rejected by France's constitutional court might be imposed anyway. French President Francois Hollande suggests laying the burden on businesses rather than on individuals.
Presidents Putin and Hollande share the same goal of settling the conflict in Syria. But at a meeting in Moscow, talk of operating in 'parallel' shows there's still a clear divide in how Russia and France want to resolve the crisis.
Paris and Berlin are marking 50 years since the signing of the Elysee treaty, but political scientist Judith Winkler says a “shift in power” to Germany in the last 20 years is making cooperation between the two European power-houses more difficult.
France has engaged airstrikes in Mali to clear the way for an intervention force concentrating on the capital. Despite promises that military campaign in Mali will be a short one, there are fears that Paris has got into a lengthy conflict.
Fractious two-day talks on the new seven year European Union budget have collapsed in Brussels with sides no closer to agreement than before the start. The failure will cast a pall over the crisis-stricken union in the coming months.