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Latest update : 2011-09-02

Tantrums over textbooks: 'gender theory' sparks controversy

The school year is about to kick off here in France, but even before it starts there's been a furious response from 80 MPs to a new science textbook. The lawmakers, all from Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right UMP party, want the book pulled from the shelves because they say it includes a controversial paragraph about gender theory. We took a look at what's behind their outrage.

By Katerina VITTOZZI

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2017-07-27 French politics

France: Teething problems for Macron's fledgling party

President Emmanuel Macron's "La République En Marche" party is having its first teething problems, as it transitions from a grassroots movement to France's most powerful...

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2017-07-28 France

Was Jewish pensioner's murder religiously motivated?

We look at a recent murder in France that received relatively little media attention. In early April, Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, was killed at her Paris home by...

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2017-07-26 Americas

The limits of affirmative action in Brazil

Brazil has the highest proportion of so-called "mixed race" people in the world. Yet only 13% of people aged 18 to 24 in that category are enrolled at university. Back in 2012,...

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2017-07-25 Africa

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2017-07-24 Africa

How Senegal is leading the fight against AIDS in West Africa

Amid the ongoing international AIDS conference in Paris, we take a closer look at efforts being made to fight the disease. In its report published last week, UNAIDS revealed that...

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