French parliament begins hearings into Cahuzac affair

France — Link

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

France — Link

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'

France — Investigation

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.