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Latest update : 2017-09-21

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 Parliament is the bicameral legislature. The lower house (the National Assembly) tends to overshadow the upper house (the Senate). So what does the Senate do? Is it a powerful protector of the regions or a retirement club for old, mostly male politicians?

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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