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  1. News - World - FRANCE

    French ambassador admits to concern over crime against Chinese tourists

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:36pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Bermann. Bermann was visiting Hong Kong before concluding her 31/2-year tenure as ambassador next month. While in the city, she held meetings on its political debate. "What we want for Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559311/french-ambassador-admits-concern-over-crime-against-chinese-tourists
  2. News - World - FRANCE

    Paris anti-abortion rally attracts thousands before parliament debate

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 11:28pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Anti-abortion rally attracts thousands Thousands of people protested against abortion in France in a Paris rally on the eve of a parliamentary debate ... to draft a bill that would ban abortions except in cases of rape or threat to the mother's health. France's left-wing-dominated parliament was yesterday due to start debating a bill ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1409821/paris-anti-abortion-rally-attracts-thousands-parliament-debate
  3. News - World - FRANCE

    French court backs ending life support for man, 38, in vegetative state

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 04:49am by AFP, Reuters

    ... on the rights of the incurably ill, the legal battles over Lambert's fate and other cases has thrust the euthanasia debate firmly back onto the radar screen. In a separate case, a hospital doctor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539980/french-court-backs-ending-life-support-man38-vegetative-state
  4. News - World - FRANCE

    French lawmakers debate divisive prostitution bill

    Posted Nov 29th 2013, 08:15pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris The French parliament is debating a bill that would crack down on prostitution by imposing fines on those who use prostitutes French lawmakers on Friday started debating a bill that would punish those who use prostitutes and has sparked fierce debate in a country famed for its liberal attitudes to sex. Prostitution itself is allowed in France, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1368813/french-parliament-debate-divisive-prostitution-bill
  5. News - World - FRANCE

    France adopts gay marriage law after strong debate

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 09:13pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris France’s lower house National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests. In its second and final reading, a majority of lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 331 to 225. “After 136 hours and 46 minutes of debate, Parliament has adopted the law opening ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1221667/security-tightened-ahead-france-gay-marriage-vote
  6. News - World - FRANCE

    France legalises same-sex marriage

    Posted May 18th 2013, 02:43pm by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... political debate. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the bill into law. ... as June. But opponents of the measures have vowed to continue their campaign, with a major protest rally scheduled for May 26 in Paris. The issue has provoked months of acrimonious debate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1240557/france-legalises-same-sex-marriage
  7. News - World - FRANCE

    DIY stores in France defy courts to open on Sundays amid legal battle

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris DIY stores defy court ban on Sunday trading Braving a court ban, 14 home improvement stores in France opened to the public on Sunday in an increasingly bitter tug of war with the government over a law prohibiting trading on the traditional day of rest. The move comes amid intense debate over France's labour practices. The government is seeking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1321489/diy-stores-france-defy-courts-open-sundays-amid-legal-battle
  8. News - World - FRANCE

    French Senate votes to ban young beauty pageants

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... younger than 16. The proposed ban now goes to the lower house, the National Assembly, for debate and a vote. Pageants are popular in towns across France, though far less frequent and intense than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1313174/french-senate-votes-ban-young-beauty-pageants
  9. News - World - FRANCE

    Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to face pimping charges in France

    Posted Jul 27th 2013, 12:05am by AP

    ... based their decision on “morals” not on law. “In very calm and serene fashion, we await a public debate that will show the absurdity of this decision,” Baulieu said. In June, the Lille ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1291687/former-imf-chief-strauss-kahn-face-pimping-trial
  10. News - World - FRANCE

    French rallies back Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage, adoption

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... for the "demonstration for equality". Police said 60,000 took part. Another rally has been called for January 27, two days before the French legislature is to debate the gay marriage bill. Several elected ... said 10-year-old Arthur, at the rally with his eight-year-old sister Lola and their two mothers, one of whom, Christelle, said it was unfortunate the debate over gay marriage had turned ugly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1107122/french-rallies-back-hollandes-plan-legalise-gay-marriage-adoption

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