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Demonstrators decry French bill to curb police images

Paris - Thousands of people marched in French cities Saturday to protest a draft law that would place limits on the filming of on-duty police officers, a move condemned as a curb on press freedom.

France opens racism probe after magazine depicts black MP as slave

Paris - French prosecutors on Monday opened a probe into allegations of racism after a right-wing magazine published images depicting a black woman MP as a slave, prompting a nationwide outcry.

New French PM unveils revitalisation plans

Paris - France's new Prime Minister Jean Castex won solid parliamentary backing Wednesday as he outlined plans to revitalise the nation, vowing to make jobs his overarching priority.

Trudeau supports opposition head expelled from Parliament over racism row

Montr - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday stood behind the leader of an opposition party who had been temporarily thrown out of Parliament for accusing another member of racism.

French constitutional authority blocks online hate law

Paris - France's highest constitutional authority on Thursday ruled that it objected to a key part of new legislation that aims to fight hatred online but has also sparked controversy among critics as harming civil liberties.

Former I.Coast PM faces war crimes lawsuit in France

Paris - Ivory Coast's former prime minister Guillaume Soro, a rebel leader before he entered politics, is facing a lawsuit in France for war crimes, torture and murder, lawyers told AFP.

French govt wins key victory for controversial pensions overhaul

Paris - The French government won its first parliamentary fight Wednesday over an overhaul of the country's byzantine pensions system, clearing a key hurdle despite fierce protests and weeks of chaos wrought by the largest transport strike in decades.

French govt survives no-confidence votes over pension reform

Paris - The French government faced down two no-confidence votes Wednesday over an overhaul of the country's byzantine pensions system, a key victory after fierce protests and a massive transport strike that brought France to a standstill for weeks this winter...

French MPs begin debating controversial pensions bill

Paris - The battle over the French government's pension reforms moved from the street to parliament on Monday, with the opposition vowing to torpedo an overhaul that sparked weeks of strikes and protests.

Portugal far-right deputy calls for black MP to be 'sent back'

Lisbon - Portugal's only far-right deputy sparked outrage Wednesday after saying a black member of parliament should be "sent back to her country of origin".

Paralysis in Iraq as protesters harden position

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters stepped up their demonstrations Tuesday with the authorities in Baghdad increasingly paralysed as they seek a way out of a political impasse.

Iraq deadline to appoint PM looms, protesters unyielding

Baghdad - Iraqi political leaders faced a midnight deadline Thursday to choose a new prime minister to run a country shaken by months of unprecedented street protests that have left hundreds dead.

Center-right victory on hold as Uruguay vote too close to call

Montevideo - Uruguay's presidential election is too close to call and the result will not be known for several days pending a recount, the South American country's electoral court said late Sunday.

Center-right victory on hold as Uruguay vote too close to call

Montevideo - Uruguay's presidential election is too close to call and the result will not be known for several days pending a recount, the South American country's electoral court said late Sunday.

Uruguay prepares to shun left in presidential vote

Montevideo - A conservative opposition candidate is favored to win Uruguay's presidential election run-off Sunday as the South American country prepares to turn its back on the left after 15 years in power.

'France can't host everyone,' says Macron in new toughening of migration stance

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said France "cannot host everyone", intensifying his tough rhetoric on immigration.

Haiti senator opens fire outside parliament, wounds photographer

Port-au-prince - A Haitian senator trying to disperse protesters opened fire with a pistol outside parliament on Monday, a photojournalist who was wounded in the shooting said.

Portugal parliament slams 'insulting' dictator museum

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament has voted to denounce a planned museum dedicated to ex-dictator Antonio Salazar, branding it an "affront to democracy".

French parliament speaker charged over property deal

Lille - French President Emmanuel Macron stuck by his close ally and speaker of parliament Richard Ferrand on Thursday after he was charged with conflict of interest over a property deal involving his wife.

French assembly chief and Macron ally probed over property deals

Lille - The president of the French National Assembly, who is a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, has been charged over a property deal from which he is suspected of having illegally profited, prosecutors said Thursday.

French MPs warn of threat to democracy after offices attacked

Paris - A group of French MPs complained Tuesday that the country was becoming "used to the intolerable" after a rash of attacks on the offices of lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron's party by opponents of a free-trade agreement with Canada.

Spain's Sanchez seeks backing to remain in power

Madrid - Spain's outgoing socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday outlined a government programme with a boost in social spending in the hope of persuading the far-left to help him back into power amid tough negotiations.

French MPs agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday approved a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.

French MPs to agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls

Paris - French MPs were on Tuesday set to approve a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.

Key things to know about Cuba's government reforms

Havana - Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved a new electoral law that will alter the country's government with the restoration of the post of prime minister, but one fundamental reality remains unchanged: the central and unique role of the island's Communist P...

France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of US anger

Paris - France's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.

French minister under fire over lobster and champagne dinners

Paris - A prominent French cabinet minister was under pressure on Wednesday after a report claimed he had hosted luxury dinners while parliament speaker with allegedly little connection to his position.

Top French journalist questioned by intelligence service

Paris - France's domestic intelligence service on Wednesday questioned a journalist who broke the story of a scandal that shook President Emmanuel Macron, the latest in a growing number of reporters to be quizzed in a trend that has disturbed press freedom act...

Top French journalist questioned by intelligence service

Paris - France's domestic intelligence service on Wednesday questioned a journalist who broke the story of a scandal that shook President Emmanuel Macron, the latest in a growing number of reporters to be quizzed in a trend that has disturbed press freedom act...

After 35 years Jean-Marie Le Pen bids farewell to Europe

Paris - Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of France's far-right, will bid farewell to the European Parliament on Tuesday after 35 years of using it as a platform to bash European integration and immigration.
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