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French Senate vote is blow to Macron, Conservatives keep majority

Sep 24 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron suffered his first electoral setback on Sunday when his Republic on the Move (LREM) party won fewer seats than expected in elections for the French Senate.

'It's like on TV': rookie Macron lawmaker makes debut in French parliament

Jun 13 2017

PARIS A young tech entrepreneur on Tuesday became the first of an army of rookie lawmakers loyal to President Emmanuel Macron to enter parliament, receiving his beginner's toolkit as he walked through its majestic doors.

France's Fillon puts down rebellion but lawmakers nervous

Feb 14 2017

PARIS Francois Fillon faced down a rebellion by lawmakers in his center-right party on Tuesday, but the revolt exposed a shaky confidence inside his camp as he tries to draw a line under a scandal that could derail his bid to win power.

France's Fillon battered by scandal, blames opposition plot

Feb 01 2017

PARIS France's Francois Fillon accused his opponents in the government on Wednesday of fomenting a scandal in an attempt to scuttle his presidential campaign, as a new poll showed him no longer favorite to win power.

France's scandal-hit Fillon decries plot to end presidential bid

Feb 01 2017

PARIS Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon denounced a scandal engulfing his campaign as a plot by France's ruling Socialists on Wednesday, asking backers to stay loyal despite an opinion poll showing he had lost his status as favorite.

French police search Fillon office as fraud affair rocks campaign

Jan 31 2017

PARIS French police searched presidential candidate Francois Fillon's office in parliament on Tuesday as an inquiry into alleged fake work by his wife threatened his campaign and party leaders began to consider a 'Plan B' without him. | Video

French lawmakers extend state of emergency after Nice attack

Jul 20 2016

PARIS French lawmakers approved a six-month extension of emergency rule on Wednesday after last week's truck attack on holiday crowds in Nice, the third deadly assault in just 18 months for which Islamist militants have claimed responsibility.

French government forces labor law through parliament, shrugs off protests

Jul 05 2016

PARIS France's government, overriding street protests and rebels in its own ranks, invoked special powers on Tuesday to impose labor legislation by decree that will make it easier for employers to hire and fire staff.

French plan advances to strip passports from those convicted of terrorism

Feb 09 2016

PARIS President Francois Hollande's plan to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorism passed a first hurdle on Tuesday when the lower house of parliament backed controversial proposals introduced after Islamic extremists killed 130 people in Paris last November.

Hollande calls for grand coalition to wipe out Islamic State in Syria

Nov 16 2015

VERSAILLES, France French President Francois Hollande appealed on Monday for a grand coalition including the United States and Russia to eradicate Islamic State in Syria after bloody militant attacks on Paris.

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