Former French prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope go on trial on Monday over a fake jobs scandal that wrecked his 2017 run for president and opened the Elysee Palace door for Emmanuel Macron.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Saturday offered a major concession to unions contesting his government's overhaul of the pension system
French oil major Total
said on Monday that strikes against the government's pension reform were having no impact on its fuel supply and distribution ahead of a four-day nationwide strike in French oil refineries.
French trade unions have spearheaded nationwide strikes since early December in an outcry over President Emmanuel Macron's pensions overhaul, disrupting schools, railways and roads, while lending support to regular protests.
Strikes disrupting services in France brought frustration for travellers thronging Paris stations at the start of the festive season, as rail workers protested over pension reform.
French forces killed 33 militants on Saturday in Mali near the border with Mauritania, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
"If we do not implement a thorough, serious and progressive reform today, someone else will do one tomorrow, but really brutally," he added.
Macron's government, along with many ordinary French citizens, have made plans to cope with the strike action through the weekend, but may take a different view on Monday, if the disruption extends into a second week.
One person was found dead after falling off a rescue boat