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French MPs trade insults amid marathon gay marriage bill debate

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Same-sex marriage bill debate now into its second week with more than 5,300 amendments tabled and a fiery atmosphere inside parliament.

French parliament adopts key article in same-sex marriage bill

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MPs voted 249-97 in favour of redefining marriage as being an agreement between two people and not only between a man and a woman.

Major Paris rally in support of same-sex marriage bill

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An estimated 250,000 people marched through Paris on Sunday in support of a same-sex marriage bill due to go before parliament on Tuesday.

France to pay EDF $6.57 billion

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French government caught in difficult situation as its pledge to defend households' spending power conflicts with aim to boost renewable energies.

French phone company demands subscriber pay 12qn-euro bill

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Mobile phone company Bouygues Telecom sent a jobless teaching assistant a bill for nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

Nationality, citizenship and a foreigner's right to vote in France

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Early December, the Left majority in the French Senate passed a bill to give non-EU nationals the right to vote and to stand as candidates for the position of councilor in local, municipal elections. The bill stands no chance of becoming law before the 2012 presidential and legislative elections, as it would require adoption by the current Right-majority in parliament's lower house, and the approval of President Nicolas Sarkozy. But a Socialist Party victory in next year's polls could see the bill finally introduced as law, ending several decades of campaigning, notably by representatives of France's large North African immigrant community. Carine Fouteau met with Hocine Taleb, a 32 year-old Algerian who runs a youth association in a Paris suburb, who explains his anger and frustration at being excluded from local decision-making.