National Assembly

France's state of emergency extended to three months

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French MPs approve prolongation of measure that allows anyone's house to be searched and people to be put under house arrest without trial.

French lower house approves French mass surveillance law

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The National Assembly approved by 438 votes to 86 a bill giving the state wide-ranging spying powers, strongly decried by rights' groups.

French Senate overturns bill to punish prostitutes’ clients

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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 MPs vote to recognize Palestine as a state

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Vote does not affect France's diplomatic stance but is part of growing effort from Europe to find new ways to push for peace in Middle East.

Disgraced French MP threatens Hollande's razor-thin majority

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Thomas Thévenoud, who quit government after not filling in tax declarations, will stay as an MP - but not as a member of Socialist Party.

French MPs pass welfare cuts

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Despite abstention of 33 MPs from ruling Socialist Party, government cuts payroll taxes as third major union boycotts social conference.

Animals have feelings too, French MPs decree

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French Parliament amends law to acknowldge that animals, previously on a legal par with furniture, are 'living beings endowed with sensibilities'.

France's Valls wins parliament backing for tax and spend shake-up

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Premier Manuel Valls says Euro is too strong, unveils tax cuts for less well-off and pledges to defend France's social model despite spending cuts.

France puts off law after 'family values' protest

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Day after more than 100,000 marched against 'family phobia', government delays bill to modernise the law to reflect new 'diversity' of families.

Trucker dumps horse manure in front of French parliament

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An unidentified lorry driver was arrested after discharging a sizeable load of horse excrement in front of France's National Assembly.

France prostitution: MPs back fines for clients

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MPs voted 268 to 138 in favour of law that imposes fines for anyone who buys a sexual act but bill must still pass the Senate before coming into force.

French MPs' 'boozy dinners' slammed after sexist chicken clucks

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Opposition MP accused of sexism for making clucking noises when a female member of the National Assembly tried to speak in debate.

Socialists ponder their strategy faced with self-destruction of UMP

France

The right-wing opposition party, the UMP, has been very publicly falling apart after a disastrous leadership election. In the ranks of the ruling Socialist Party MPs and officials have had some fun at the expense of their bitter rivals, and the government has been able to press forward with legislation almost unopposed. But some socialist MPs fear the squabbles in the UMP will reflect badly on all political parties. Others are increasingly concerned that the government is adopting the wrong strategy in the face of the opposition’s melt-down, and favouring social democratic policies over genuine socialist measures. Stéphane Alliès and Mathieu Magnaudeix assess the mood in Parliament.

Bickering French opposition missing from parliament

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With the UMP paralysed by a bitter leadership dispute, the ruling Socialists have pushed ahead with contentious legislation almost unchallenged.

French parliament takes first step to clean up MP perks scandal

France

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.