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Latest update : 2018-03-22

France unveils tough new bill to tackle sexual harassment

The French government lays out its plan to crack down on sexual harassment and also define the age of consent. Meanwhile, former president Nicolas Sarkozy is under formal investigation for allegedly receiving campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Plus, the Socialist Party has a new boss and he has his work cut out for him.

By Marc PERELMAN

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2018-05-17 Sexual harassment

French activists disappointed at new bill to fight sexual violence

In this edition: the French government puts forward a new bill to fight sexual violence, but some say it does not go far enough. Meanwhile, after a knife attack in central Paris,...

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2018-05-03 protest

Paris May Day protest marred by violence

In this edition: violence on the streets of Paris overshadows the traditional May Day rally - we look at reactions. Meanwhile, a year after her defeat in France's presidential...

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2018-04-26 Political asylum

Macron in Washington: After ‘bromance’, French leader tackles prickly issues

In this edition of the political brief: French President Emmanuel Macron is on a state visit in Washington where a budding “bromance” with US leader Donald Trump seems to have...

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2018-04-19 European Union

France's Macron likens divisions within EU to 'civil war'

In this edition: French President Emmanuel Macron warns divisions between democracy and authoritarianism in Europe are like a "civil war". Plus, it's full steam ahead for...

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2018-04-13 protest

Macron launches charm offensive as France hit by protests

Faced with a wave of social discontent, the French president embarks on a media blitz, giving two interviews in the space of one week. In the meantime, his predecessor and...

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