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A Blank Check for Violence? French Senate Votes on Social Amnesty Bill

Last week, the French Senate adopted a proposition for a new law that would grant amnesty towards those who committed crimes during social movements. This text, which will need to be examined by the National Assembly, is sharply critiqued by employers and opposing political parties, who see it as a blank check for violence. The bill is expected to annul condemned criminals and disciplinary sanctions for violations committed between January 1, 2007 and February 1,[Read More…]

by March 5, 2013 0 comments Domestic, Feature, Up To The Minute

Anti-Gay Marriage Movement Files Referendum in Protest of New Legislation

Following the passage of an historic bill legalizing gay marriage in France on February 12 in the National Assembly, anti-gay marriage movements have risen up across the country in protest of the new law. On Saturday, February 16, those opposed submitted a referendum with 700,000 signatures to the Conseil économique, social, et environnmental (Economic, Social, and Environmental Council) to reopen debate on the legislation. The National Assembly, in a vote of 329 to 229, passed[Read More…]

National Assembly Pulls All-Nighter to Discuss Gay Rights Legislation

The French National Assembly had a nuit blanche – loosely translated as an all-nighter – from February 3 to Feburary 4 to discuss the gay rights legislation. While the article legalizing gay marriage was adopted on Saturday, February 2, many other aspects of the bill still need to be discussed. The session, which lasted from Sunday night to Monday morning, concluded at 8 a.m. The issue at hand was the gay rights legislation– a project[Read More…]

National Assembly Adopts 75% Tax, Debates Other Reforms

On September 28, Hollande’s much anticipated financial reforms were presented in the French National Assembly by Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Budget Minister Jêrome Cahuzac. Yesterday the National Assembly voted to adopt a law that taxes income above 1 million Euros at 75%, one part of Hollande’s financial reform project. This law represents the first budget of the new legislature, and aims to bring 37 billion Euros of revenue in 2013, bringing the deficit from[Read More…]

France Continues Debate on Gay Marriage and Adoption Laws

One of Hollande’s campaign promises was to grant gay couples the right to marry and adopt. The reform was supposed to be voted on in 2013, but the debate between the French Catholic Church and the political and civil spheres has now taken center stage. The entry of the Church into the debate is linked to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois’ s Assumption prayer on August 15th.  In the most controversial part of his prayer, he said:[Read More…]