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French government immigration reform meets fierce crossfire from MPs


The French government’s proposed legislation to reform immigration and asylum laws has begun its passage through parliament this week, to fierce attacks from opposition MPs of both the Left and the Right. The conservatives, whose policies under their new leader have veered towards the hard-right, claim the bill is little more than soft tinkering of current laws, while the Left denounce an unjustified clampdown on migrants’ rights, a view shared by some among President Macron’s ruling LREM party. Mathilde Mathieu was in parliament to witness the early exchanges of what promises to be a week of inflamed debate.

Macron immigration and asylum bill prompts first revolt in his party

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A bill of law on asylum and immigration placed before French parliament's lower house, the National Assembly, by President Emmanuel Macron's government, which includes allowing the children of failed asylum seekers to be detained before being expelled and for people to be prosecuted for helping illegal immigrants enter or stay in France, has prompted the first rebellion among MPs from his his ruling LREM party.

French parliament approves law to clean up political life

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The French lower house, the National Assembly, on Wednesday approved a bill of law containing measures aimed at introducing greater probity in public office by 412 votes to 74, sealing a troubled passage of legislation promised by President Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign.  

France 'deep concern' over Israeli bill on West Bank settlements

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France has joined the US in condemning controversial proposed legislation to be submitted to the Israeli parliament which would allow settlers in the occupied West Bank to stay in homes built on private Palestinian land, warning 'it would once again jeopardize a two-state solution'.

French parliament approves continuous sedation of terminally ill

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The National Assembly passed a bill that stops short of euthanasia but allows doctors to give deep sedation to patients until their death.

French parliament approves Sunday shopping zones

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Economy minister Emmanuel Macron's bill allows 'tourist' zones in Paris and other cities where shops can trade on Sundays and until midnight.

French MPs back bill easing access to abortion

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The proposed law will allow women to obtain an abortion at up to 12 weeks into a pregnacy, and removes requirement of being in distress.