The interior ministry said roughly 800,000 people protested, whereas the CGT trade union put their estimate at 1.5 million.
"I hear those who are exercising their legitimate right to strike and protest but I also hear those who are suffering or who are experiencing the unpleasant effects of this strike. The government is conscient of this," Philippe said on Friday.
Towns such as Megeve, Chamonix, and Annemasse in the Haute-Savoie department in the Alps is said to have been used as a logistics base for the covert operations of at least 15 Russian spies in Europe.
Unions across France launched open-ended strikes on Thursday over the government's plan to overhaul its retirement system.
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Rail workers, public servants and students are all protesting pension reform in France and it's hit all the major cities.
Lyon's hugely popular Fête des Lumières marking the start of the Christmas season kicks off this Thursday.
The office will coordinate police and judicial work to hold responsible those who commit anti-semitic, islamophobic, and anti-christian hate crimes, France's interior minister Christophe Castaner said.
Trade unions called for a strike for an indefinite period that could bring the country to a standstill.
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The strike that crippled public services in France enters a second day on Friday to force French President Emmanuel Macron drop the new retirement pay legislation.
Unrest was sparked after the government announced a hike in petrol prices, and quickly turned political. Amnesty International has said at least 161 people have been killed, but Tehran has rejected this figure.
Argentinian Barcelona forward Lionel Messi claimed the men's Ballon d'Or award for a record sixth time.
Two people were killed by floods in the French Riviera on Sunday and three emergency workers died in a helicopter crash while on a rescue mission, authorities said.
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On Thursday morning, between 200 and 300 people were moved by French police from an illegal site in northern Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron has stood by the damning comments he made to The Economist last month in which said allies were experiencing the 'brain death' of NATO. During a press conference, he defended the comments and criticised Turkey's incursion into Syria.
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It's official - it's a climate emergency. At least according to the EU.
Vigils were held to honour the soldiers who died when the helicopters they were travelling in collided in the African country.
A culinary court battle has begun as French chef Marc Veyrat sues Michelin for stripping him of his three-star status, and for suggesting he used English Cheddar in his souffle.
French farmers are protesting against low incomes and government policies they say negatively affect France's agriculture.
The amendment to France's "anti-waste law" condemns overconsumption and critiques the shopping day's "disastrous environmental record".
The accident marked the largest single loss of life since operations began in 2013.
Two people were found dead on Sunday after massive flooding hit southeastern France, causing major damage.
Two missing people, at least two injured and hundreds of homes flooded: heavy rain and storms hit the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Var, in southeast France. The regions were put on red alert for storms and flooding on Saturday, and downgraded to orange alert on Sunday morning.