Proposed legislation by France's new government to enshrine into regular law certain far-reaching powers allowed under the current state of emergency has passed its first parliamentary test after the Senate approved the bill by a two-thirds majority, meaning it will now go before the lower house, the National Assembly, where the government has a large majority, in October.
A bill of law on “transparency, anti-corruption and modernization of economic life” introduces for the first time in France a legal definition and protection of whistleblowers and a provision that companies will have to declare their tax position in countries where they or their subsidiaries operate. But for some MPs and transparency activists, the fine detail of this ambitious law makes it a lost opportunity. Dan Israel reports.
Magazine L'Expansion says French demand is for unpaid taxes on profits believed to have been funnelled through Luxembourg and Switzerland.
A bill of law proposing a punitive 300-euro-per tonne tax on palm oil has been amended to 90 euros per tonne after protests from producer countries.
In exercise in 'open democracy', text of the Digital Republic bill is online and open to suggestions from French citizens until October 17.
A draft law will been offered to the public for a first reading, with officials saying move could be a great success or a 'complete flop'.
The National Assembly approved the legislation to punish sex clients while removing punishment for soliciting, but it will now return to Senate.
The proposed new legislation aims to install sweeping spying powers to tackle terrorism, but which critics say place human rights under threat.
The law is inspired by the case a French man whose colleagues donated 170 days paid leave while his son battled with cancer.
'You sleep with us and you vote against us,' shouted a group of prostitutes outside parliament as a divided National Assembly began debating the bill.
A reform intended to bolster the finances of France's indebted pension system has been passed by 270 votes in favour and 249 against.
Move follows EU summit which pledged to close loopholes to stop firms such as Google, Apple and Amazon aggressively avoiding taxes.
The French president has signed into law a bill contested by the opposition making France the 14th country worldwide to legalise gay marriage.