The political brief

French authorities concerned at 'violent new form of anti-Semitism'

The French government warns France faces a "violent new form of anti-Semitism" after an eight-year-old Jewish boy is assaulted by two youths. Meanwhile, after six months of plain sailing, President Emmanuel Macron faces protest movements on several fronts: in prisons, hospitals and retirement homes. On a brighter note, there's good news for the economy as France posts its fastest growth in six years.