Keyword: parliament

French parliament approves deficit-cutting 2015 budget

The budget plans for savings of almost 25 bln euros to bring public deficit down from 4.4 per cent of GDP in 2014 to 4.1 per cent in 2015.

France finally upgrades animals from 'furniture' status

Parliament passes new law ending 200-year Napoleonic definition that put pets and livestock in France on a par with armchairs.

French parliament backs nuclear cuts

MPs vote to cut reliance on the energy source from more than 75 per cent to 50 per cent within a decade and cut carbon emissions.

French parliament approves government's 50bln-euro spending-cut plan

PM Manuel Valls's drastic plan to meet EU deficit requirements split his Socialist Party and was opposed by the Greens and conservatives.

French MPs approve extending military mission in CAR

French parliament votes in favour of lengthening peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, as inter-religious violence worsens.

French MPs back bill easing access to abortion

The proposed law will allow women to obtain an abortion at up to 12 weeks into a pregnacy, and removes requirement of being in distress.

French parliament squeezes through pension reform

A reform intended to bolster the finances of France's indebted pension system has been passed by 270 votes in favour and 249 against.

France's Hollande facing pressure for deputies to vote on Syria

President Hollande backs Obama decision to get green light from Congress but now faces pressure to put the issue to French parliament.

France: UK vote doesn't thwart plans to hit Syria

President Francois Hollande expressed readiness to push ahead with plans to strike Syria despite British parliament's rejection of military action

French fracking ban 'should be eased to assess shale reserves'

Dozens of exploration wells could be drilled in regions where seismic data has indicated promising reserves, a parliamentary commission said.

French lawmakers thwart Hollande's transparency drive

French MPs vote for amendment under which their assets will only be made public to people on electoral list who request the information.

French parliament begins hearings into Cahuzac affair

The parliamentary enquiry into the Cahuzac tax evasion scandal began Monday, firstly questioning journalists from Mediapart who broke the story.

French parliament adopts key article in same-sex marriage bill

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.

France's own MPs' expenses 'scandal'


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.