There was an outcry in France when an appeal court sided with a woman who was fired by a private crèche for wearing a headscarf at work. Interior minister Manuel Valls says he now favours a new law to extend the ban on wearing religious symbols, while opponents argue that new measures simply risk stigmatising French Muslims still further. As Carine Fouteau reports, it looks as if the government has come on the side of the interior minister and is preparing new legislation.
Senate paves way for new law after voting to redefine marriage as a union between “two individuals of different sex or of the same sex”.
France's upper chamber of parliament has begun examining bill which gives homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt children.
A grim and disturbing report has revealed how a law aimed at tackling street prostitution and people trafficking, introduced ten years ago, has not only largely failed in its main aims but in some cases has produced disastrous results, making prostitutes more vulnerable to attacks and leading to numerous abuses by police officers. The controversial law is now due to be scrapped. Michel Deléan reports.
The measure, approved in 329-to-229 vote in National Assembly, puts France on track to join about a dozen nations that allow gay marriage.
Justice minister says the referendum on same-sex marriage demanded by many opponents would be unconstitutional and says bill will go ahead.
Justice minister says the referendum on same-sex marriage demanded by many opponents would be unconstitutional and says that bill will go ahead.
For weeks it has been an issue that has divided not just public opinion but also the ruling Socialist Party. Should lesbians who want children should get access to medically-assisted procreation - by in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination? After changes of stance and tactics, the government has finally announced that the measure will now included in new family legislation later in 2013. But some critics fear that time is being lost – while others say that it has simply opened up a second front for opponents. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports.
The demonstrations are a response to the recent mobilisation of thousands of opponents of the government’s plan to legalise gay marriage.
Protests over “major and dangerous upheaval” government bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples.
The French government approves bill to go before parliament that will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
New law proposed by Interior Minister will allow police to arrest people who visit combat training camps in countries such as Pakistan or Afghanistan.
While the French parliament is set to pass new sexual harassment law, it demonstrably fails to live up to the ambitions itself.
The new Socialist government is to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced.
Twitter users made the French presidential election a war of green Hungarian wine and red Dutch cheese to thwart laws banning early result predictions.