France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, reported a 33 percent decline in fourth-quarter profit, to $688 million, as it wrote down the value of its Italian unit and booked an accounting charge on its own debt.
In Mali, France faces the risk of "mission creep" -- the possibility that its involvement could expand and that it might become difficult to end. Even if the military option works in the short term, other steps will be need to ensure stability, analysts say.
Primary school teachers in Paris are on strike, protesting a plan by the new French government to modify the school rhythm for the country's youngest pupils. How is the school week organized in your country? Do you think shorter days and longer weeks are more conducive to learning, or do schoolchildren benefit from having a midweek break?