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French high court approves 75 percent tax rate on executive salaries

France’s top court on Sunday approved a proposal for companies to pay 75 percent tax on annual salaries exceeding one million euros in line with President Francois Hollande’s drive to limit executive pay at a time of economic hardship. The Constitutional Council had earlier in the year thrown out one…

French mayors can’t refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies because of their religious beliefs: top court

France’s top court ruled Friday that mayors cannot refuse to conduct same-sex marriages on the ground it goes against their religious or moral beliefs. The Constitutional Council’s ruling followed an appeal by mayors and registrars opposed to pathbreaking legislation legalising gay marriage on May 18. A five-page judgement said their…

France legalizes same-sex marriage

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed it into law following months of bitter 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…

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