France has long prided itself on its generous labor laws, that give workers more security and more perks than in most European countries. But hit by the eurozone crisis and an ageing population, France now needs reform
French President Francois Hollande has announced a multi-billion euro boost to the nation's military. In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, it's a reversal of previous plans to curb defense spending.
Some leading economists in Germany have called for a speedy overhaul of the nation's asylum laws. They want to make it easier for skilled refugees to be integrated into the labor market.
The OECD has hailed an initial French market reform package as being vital for the country's growth prospects. But it added current measures were not enough to effectively cut state spending and reduce joblessness.
In a rare move, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has pushed through controversial economic reforms meant to jumpstart the country's anemic economy. The opposition has threatened a no-confidence vote.