New French law to protect child social media stars

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The French parliament has approved new legislation regulating the activities of under-16s who earn income as so-called “influencers” on social media, limiting the number of hours they dedicate to the role, protecting their earnings and enshrining their right to eventually remove their presence from online platforms.

Macron announces French space 'defence command'

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In a speech ahead of the traditional Bastille Day military parade on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France, whose satellite-launching pad in French Guiana is a key hub for the European Space Agency, will establish a new military agency in September designed to "better protect our satellites, including in an active way".

Macron announces environmental measures after shock UN report

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a series of environmental measures measures, including increasing the size of protected natural areas on land and at sea, limiting sales of arable land for construction projects and reaffirming France's goal of reducing the use of chemical pesticedes by 50% between now and 2025, after a meeting in Paris with experts who produced a UN report warning one million species in the world are on the brink of extinction.

French president unveils plans to better protect women from violence

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday proposed a series of measures intended to curb violence and sexual harassment against women, including extending the statute of limitations for sex crimes to 30 years, facilitating the reporting of rape, setting a minimum age below which sexual activity with a minor cannot be considered consenting and a plan that women may hail a bus anywhere at night in cities.

Revealed: the 25 bishops who covered up sex crimes

France — Investigation

The French Catholic Church has for years protected priests and others under its authority who were accused of sexual assaults, and paedophile crimes in particular. This Mediapart investigation reveals how 25 bishops, five of who are still active, were directly involved in protecting 24 people, mostly priests, accused of sexual abuse. They were among 32 alleged perpetrators of sex crimes who are identified here as having been protected by the Church, and whose alleged victims total 339. The method employed often involved the transfer of the alleged perpetrators, a number of who have now been convicted for sex crimes, to distant geographical locations both in France and abroad. Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martinière and Mathieu Périsse report (graphics by Donatien Huet).

Hollande vows to protect every religion in France

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French Muslims have the same rights, the same duties, as all citizens' said the French president in a speech at Paris’s Institute of the Arab World.