Workers of semiconductor manufacturer LFoundry block access to the industrial zone in Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence, southern France, on Monday, after trade unions announced that a court had ordered a judicial liquidation of their factory. Over 670 jobs are at risk if the factory closes and approximately 400 workers took part in the protest and blockade.
Life-size cartoon characters of the Pink Panther and Raving Rabbit (Lapin Cretin) pose on the stairs of the Élysée Palace at the end of the Élysée Palace Christmas party in Paris
France’s President François Hollande and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff attend a welcoming ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia
A man walks along an empty platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, during an SNCF national railways strike that ends Friday morning
Horse-mounted policemen patrol oyster cultures to protect them from thieves on in Géfosse-Fontenay, France
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French president François Hollande speaks during an awards ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace on Tuesday in Paris
A Marseille woman protests during a nationwide strike against French education reforms. Proposals aim to change the duration of classes and extracurricular activities, making children attend classes five days a week, instead of four in nursery and primary schools.
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A restored statue of the archangel Saint Michael is raised at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Work on the chapel, within the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, started in 2008 and will finish in 2014.
A protester leads a pony through the Paris streets on Monday during a demonstration against a French government bill increasing VAT from 7 per cent to 20 per cent for equestrian centres.
French veterinarians march to the health ministry in Paris on Wednesday to seek the removal of a provision in an agriculture bill that will restrict drug delivery by practitioners