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Latest update : 2017-03-02

French president: A modern-day monarch?

With the presidential election just around the corner, everyone is focused on the campaign. Today, FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot take a closer look at the top prize: the presidency. There’s a reason everyone wants to be France's president: the role has a lot of power compared to the leaders of most other modern democracies, such as the US, Germany and the UK. In fact, critics say the French president is a kind of temporary modern-day monarch in the style of the ancient regimes.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2017-10-19 women's rights

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein in the US sent shockwaves around the world. Here in France, it has revived a debate on sexual harassment and male predation, particularly...

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2017-10-12 guns

Gun control in France

Like other European countries, France has tight gun laws. Acquiring a permit to own a weapon is long and tricky and there are restrictions on what types of guns people can buy....

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2017-10-05 fashion

Do French women really not get fat?

Famous for being a leader in the fashion world, France is also trying to lead the way in combatting one of the industry's darker sides: unrealistic body images that can lead to...

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2017-09-28 counter-terrorism

Counter-terrorism: Is France heading for a permanent state of emergency?

When he was running for president, Emmanuel Macron vowed to remove France from its nearly two-year state of emergency. The government has put forward an alternative...

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2017-09-21 French politics

Is the French Senate a retirement club for old politicians?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS: France is gearing up for yet another election on Sunday, September 24, this time to renew just about half of the Senate’s 348 red velvet seats. The French...

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