French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said that there is no legal basis for Trump's tariff threat.
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.
A nationwide strike brought France to a near standstill. While more than 50 world leaders have gathered for the Climate Change conference in Madrid (COP25). The event was moved to Spain’s capital from Chile due to ongoing civil unrest in the country. The situation in Santiago remains heated.
Unions across France launched open-ended strikes on Thursday over the government's plan to overhaul its retirement system.
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.
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.
It was clear that both leaders disagreed vehemently about almost all the issues at the NATO summit in London.
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.
French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday that the US threat to impose duties of up to 100% on €2.17 billion in imports from France was "unacceptable" and that the EU stood ready to "respond strongly" in case Washington went ahead with the plan.
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.
Greenpeace activists staged a protest displaying a giant banner in the heart of Madrid that read: "Consumerism = climate crisis" during 'Black Friday' and protesters gathered outside online retailer Amazon's headquarters in France.
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On Thursday morning, between 200 and 300 people were moved by French police from an illegal site in northern Paris.
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".
Emmanuel Macron's first overseas trip as president was to Germany. His second was to Mali.
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.
Storms across France, Italy and Greece over the weekend have killed at least six people, and left one more missing.
Christmas markets around Europe are open for business — including in Strasbourg, which refuses to be cowed by last year’s Islamist gun rampage.