UK and French immigration ministers held talks in Paris on Tuesday after a recent surge in migrants trying to reach England in small boats.
New daily COVID-19 cases surged to more than 2,200 on Friday.
The French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez now requires face masks outdoors, threatening to sober the mood in a place renowned for high-end, free-wheeling summer beach parties.
An official in France’s national police said the hostage-taker was known to have psychological problems.
The three soldiers were stationed at a specialised parachute training centre under the authority of the country's external intelligence agency, the DGSE
"The fierce struggle will continue throughout the night to bring the population to safety and protect homes," the fire service said on Twitter.
A formal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the French Ice sports federation has revealed that more than 20 coaches have allegedly sexually, physically or verbally abused the people they were training.
The firm is accused of being late to reveal the risk the medication poses to pregnant women.
People in Nice, Lille and Bayonne, among other French towns and cities, now have to wear masks at open-air markets, among other outdoor public spaces.
The gatherings, held in secret locations and announced at the last minute, have been around for decades and are now seeing new interest from confinement-weary music lovers.
Producers in France's eastern Champagne region say they've lost an estimated €1.7 billion in sales for this year due to COVID-19 lockdown measures.
The family members thought that they were eating Tetragonia, or New Zealand spinach, but were instead ingesting a toxic plant known as Devil's weed.
Coronavirus cases are rising in France, with the increase seen "particularly in the 20-30 age group" the French public health agency said.
The 2017 Egyptian film Sheikh Jackson was criticised for a scene which shows an imam being disturbed during his prayers in a mosque by a flash mob dancing to Michael Jackson's infamous Thriller choreography.
"I am thrilled to be the first European to fly on the new generation of US crewer spacecraft," Pesquet said.