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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-07-30

Paternity leave: a revolution in an ageing country

Japanese workers are notoriously reluctant to take time off work after the birth of a child. But the law in Japan is changing and now fathers who have taken time off during the first eight weeks of their child's birth can take leave for a second time: a revolutionary move in a country where people find it hard to take time off, even for a holiday. These new laws are seen as essential for the future of a country that has a rapidly ageing population.

By Nathalie TOURRET , Julien ALRIC

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2017-03-27 Marine Le Pen

French presidential election: What attracts young voters to the far right?

The first round of France's presidential election is less than a month away and one thing seems clear: far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen is set to reach the second...

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2017-03-24 French Presidential Elections 2017

French Catholic voters remain faithful to scandal-hit Fillon

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon is a practicing Catholic. In a book which kicked off his presidential bid, he wrote an entire chapter about his faith....

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2017-03-23 Asia-pacific

A day in the life of an Indian entrepreneur

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2017-03-22 Asia-pacific

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2017-03-21 France

World Down Syndrome Day: The fight to raise awareness

Today's Focus marks the World Down Syndrome Day, an annual global event that helps raise awareness about the syndrome and what it means to lead a life with it. In France alone,...

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