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Macron party split over migration policy as president heads for Rome meeting

Migration was expected to be high on the agenda of a meeting of southern European leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron in Rome on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile in France, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met MPs from the ruling coalition to try to head off a possible split over a proposed immigration law.

French MPs back Macron's cost-cutting first budget

French lawmakers approved Emmanuel Macron's first annual budget with a thumping majority Tuesday, as the president fends off accusations that his spending plans favour the wealthiest.

French defence spending to soar

French MPs have voted to increase defence spending in 2018 by nearly two billion euros. The government promises to keep up the same level of increase every year until 2022, with the aim of reaching the Nato target for member-states to spend 2.0 percent of GDP on the military.

French MPs back Macron's tax reforms

French MPs on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved President Emmanuel Macron's plans to slash a key wealth tax, over which he has been accused of pandering to the rich.   

French MPs back Macron's tax reforms

French MPs on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved President Emmanuel Macron's plans to slash a key wealth tax, over which he has been accused of pandering to the rich. The lower house National Assembly, where Macron's party has a large majority, backed the move in a vote on a package of tax cuts included in the 2018 budget. Show More Summary

French MPs slash wealth tax

French MPs agreed to slash wealth tax on Friday as part of the ongoing debate on next year's budget that saw them introduce a flat tax on unearned income on Thursday. The left has accused President Emmanuel Macron's supporters of giving "presents to the rich", while the right accused them of not going far enough.

France considers tough new laws to fight sexual harassment and abuse

MPs to debate measures including a clear age of consent after court dropped rape charge in case involving an 11-year-old girl French MPs are to debate legislation to crack down on sexist or sexual aggression and harassment, especially assaults on children. Show More Summary

French MPs back controversial anti-terror bill

France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a new counter-terrorism bill, making permanent several controversial measures in place under a nearly two-year-old state of emergency.

French MPs to vote on tough anti-terror law

French lawmakers are expected Tuesday to pass a tough new counter-terrorism law designed to end the country's two-year state of emergency, with critics saying it will expand police powers at a cost to civil liberties. The vote follows...Show More Summary

France starts to examine new terror legislation

French MPs started to debate President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-terrorism bill on Monday, with a big divide between those on the right who want the bill to go further, and voices from the left saying it will create a “permanent state of emergency”.

French MP in Macron's party charged over violent clash

An MP in French President Emmanuel Macron's party was charged Saturday over a violent clash in Paris that left a rival Socialist official in hospital. The lawmaker M'jid El Guerrab, 34, was accused of "voluntary violence with a weapon" after the official Boris Faure was on Wednesday struck twice with a motorbike helmet. Show More Summary

Pro-Macron MP detained over assault of Socialist activist

An MP of French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (REM) party was taken into custody on Friday as part of an investigation into a violent dispute he had with a Socialist Party member on a Paris street.

French MPs in housing crisis

Some French MPs have started sleeping in their offices because of the lack of available housing in the National Assembly. The overcrowding is due to a surfeit of enthusiastic new MPs clocking in as never before.

French MPs set to vote law to prevent 'fake jobs'

The French parliament was expected Wednesday to fulfil a top campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron, approving legislation to prevent MPs and ministers from hiring family members. The ethics law is aimed at restoring public trust...Show More Summary

Did the City of London Just Press the Panic Button on Brexit?

In a memo to the British Treasury, MPs, and financial institutions, the City's Brexit envoy to the EU, Jeremy Browne, bemoaned that the French are pushing for the most damaging Brexit possible, even if France doesn't directly benefit. Show More Summary

Left proposes to take on finance in French clean-government debate

Left-wingers vowed to tackle the power of finance and ruling party chiefs complained that their MPs were sleeping on the job after the first meeting of the parliamentary committee charged with preparing President Emmanuel Macron's emblematic clean-government bill.

Parliament votes massively in favour of cost-cutting reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron's government sailed through a vote of confidence on Tuesday, with 370 MPs in the 577-seat National Assembly voting in favour, to 67 against and 129 abstaining.

French far-left MPs to boycott Macron's Versailles speech

French far-left lawmakers said on Thursday they would boycott President Emmanuel Macron's speech to both houses of parliament in the majestic palace of Versailles next Monday, accusing him of acting like a Pharaoh.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon ready to lead France’s new resistance

The hard-left leader is prepared to fight in parliament – or on the streets Entering the French lower house of parliament as an MP for the first time last week, Jean-Luc Mélenchon pointed to the European flag planted next to the French...Show More Summary

More women, far younger: France's new MPs

The French parliament has been transformed by the overwhelming victory of President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party in elections. The new parliament will be far more centrist, younger and ethnically diverse and will contain dozens more women than the outgoing assembly. Show More Summary

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