Laws restricting Sunday trading in France were freed up in a package of liberal economic measures introduced last July by economy minister Emmanuel Macron. The so-called ‘Macron law’ allows stores in designated zones in Paris and a handful of other towns and cities to open every Sunday and to lengthen late-opening hours, on condition that agreement is found with staff. But, as Mathilde Goanec reports, fierce union resistance to the extended trading is stalling any widespread implementation of the controversial new law.
Larger restaurants now obliged to offer doggy bags under new rules that aim to reduce annual seven million tonnes of food waste in France.
Models will have to produce medical certificate to confirm they are a healthy weight and magazines must label Photoshopped images.
News agency AFP reports text of draft law could make French government's exceptional three-month state of emergency powers 'indefinite'.
French President François Hollande announced a nationwide state of emergency on Saturday, granting the government exceptional powers in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in and around Paris that left at least 132 people dead. The powers initially last for 12 days, and Hollande announced on Monday he will seek parliamentary approval to prolong it for a period of three months. So just what are the special powers announced on Saturday? Michel de Pracontal explains.
Jean-Louis Bianco is head of France’s Secularism Monitoring Centre, a public body that advises public institutions, local authorities and the private sector, among others, on the country’s laws on secularity and their application. Amid an increasingly tense political debate over multiculturalism in France, the legislation has rarely been so fiercely championed - but also brought into question. To address the misunderstandings by both camps, Bianco travels France each week to discuss the principle and the detail of the law with various sections of the population. Mathieu Magnaudeix followed him on one such trip to a small town in north-east France.
The business reforms, which include rules to broaden trading hours and deregulate some sectors, were passed into law without a vote by MPs.
Under new law supermarkets will be forced to donate any unsold but still edible food goods to charity or for use as animal feed or farm compost.
Modelling agencies protest as anyone employing models who are considered too thin face fines of up to €75,000 and six months in prison.
In 2014 one in eight adults in France was classified as obese and 40 percent overweight - some experts blame influence of UK and US fast food culture.
Under new proposal - which has to be approved by MPs - prostitutes would continue to face fines and jail but customers would not be prosecuted.
French health minister hints at support for MP's proposed law to outlaw anorexic models, with employers who breach it facing fines and jail.
Officials say the move, carried out under new counter-terrorism laws, came amid fears the men wanted to join Islamic State.
Rights groups criticised the law which allows the government to directly order ISPs to shut websites suspected of terrorist or paedophile activity.
Parliament passes new law ending 200-year Napoleonic definition that put pets and livestock in France on a par with armchairs.