German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that abandoning the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would cause "revolution".
French President Francois Hollande called on Thursday afternoon for a euro zone government with its own budgetary capacity, a harmonized tax system and a president.
Laurence Parisot, chairwoman of MEDEF, tells CNBC that in a few weeks from now France will have a less rigid labour market, following a deal with the trade unions.
Karine Berger, Member of Parliament for the French Socialist Party, tells CNBC that the French socialist government is company friendly, business friendly and market friendly.
Francois Mallet, managing director of Kepler Capital Markets, tells CNBC that the CAC has done well, up almost 20 percent in a year, which shows the French local concern is not the concern of the markets.
Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Euler Hermes, tells CNBC the problem in France is a lack of investment in the economy which then translates into a lack of jobs.
Eric Chaney, chief economist at AXA Group, tells CNBC that the decisions taken by the Hollande government have been 'all wrong' for the French economy.
Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta won French backing on Wednesday for calls to spur economic growth alongside budget rigor.
Italian bond yields broke below the 4 percent level on Monday and remain at record lows, but analysts warn the country's borrowing rate is poised on a fragile tipping point, after Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s maiden speech divided market opinion.
French Socialist Party is pressing President Francois Hollande to toughen his stance towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel who it describes as "self-centered."
Bernard Charles, CEO of Dassault Systèmes, tells CNBC that it is a reality that conditions in France are not good for entrepreneurs.
Stung by revelations about his ex-budget minister's Swiss bank account, French President Francois Hollande pushed legislation aimed at making elected officials disclose their wealth.
Angela Merkel tried to contain her irritation when asked this week whether southern European countries could take much more German-ordered austerity.
A new camel will be offered by the Malian authorities to French president Francois Hollande after an original gift was mistakenly eaten.
Airbus recaptured the aircraft industry's top spot in the first quarter as U.S. rival Boeing fell behind on orders and grappled with the grounding of its newest jet.
French President Francois Hollande announced new measures to prevent corruption in public office after a former budget minister was investigated for tax evasion.
Francois Hollande declared that companies would have to pay a 75 percent tax on salaries over a million euros after his plan for a "super-tax" on individuals was knocked down.
French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac has resigned after being implicated in a tax fraud investigation.
Airbus sells 234 planes to Idonesian Lion Air, poaching one of Boeing's fastest growing customers.
Concern is mounting that Germany is drifting apart from other countries at the core of the single currency bloc, notably France.