French Parliament amends law to acknowldge that animals, previously on a legal par with furniture, are 'living beings endowed with sensibilities'.
MPs have diluted plans to make politicians declare their wealth and backed harsh penalties for journalists who publish the information.
French MPs vote for amendment under which their assets will only be made public to people on electoral list who request the information.
Defeated UMP leadership candidate Francois Fillon says he and followers are splitting from the party to form their own parliamentary group.
Socialist interior minister sparks row after accusing his conservative predecessors of bringing back terrorism after a reported surge in crime.
Following Mediapart’s revelations of the fraudulent misuse of funds paid to French Members of Parliament to offset their professional expenses, and the lack of proper control over generous funds allocated to their parliamentary groups, the National Assembly’s administrative services have taken a small, but symbolic step in putting order into the chamber’s financial management. Mathilde Mathieu reports.
A Mediapart investigation has revealed that a socialist MP used his parliamentary expenses allowance to pay for family holidays abroad. But his is not an isolated case. Instead, it highlights the near total lack of transparency and control over the way that France's Members of Parliament make use of their generous monthly expenses of more than 6,000 euros. A number of MPs are now calling for greater openness in the allowance system, fearing that an expenses scandal such as the one that hit British MPs in 2009 could engulf them. Meanwhile an anti-corruption organisation warns that an MP who can be shown to have misused their allowances could be prosecuted for misappropriation of public money. Valentine Oberti reports.