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Fear of violence forces France to increase security ahead of country’s same-sex marriage vote

Paris police have stepped up security for the city’s gay community ahead of a final parliamentary vote Tuesday on a bill that will make France the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage. After months of acrimonious debate and hundreds of street protests that have occasionally spilled over into violence, a…

France says drug-tainted horsemeat ‘likely in food chain’

Phenylbutazone have probably ended up being eaten by consumers. Phenylbutazone is an anti-inflammatory treatment for horses which is potentially harmful to humans and by law is supposed to be kept off of plates. Britain alerted Paris that six tainted carcasses had been exported to France in January, but the meat…

Firebrand French leftist draws thousands to rally

Firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon gathered thousands of supporters in Marseille on Saturday, on a weekend of rallies before the first round of France’s presidential vote. Communist-backed Melenchon, who has shaken up the vote with a surge in the polls, will be hoping for a repeat of rallies in Paris and…

Sarkozy supporters have less sex: French poll

French voters planning to back centre-right incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in next month’s election have sex less often than their left-wing rivals, according to a poll published Friday. The survey, conducted by the respected polling institute Ifop on behalf of the pornographic magazine Hot Video, measured the intensity and variety…

French election campaign on hold after school shooting

PARIS — France effectively put its election campaign on hold Monday after a gunman killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school and candidates set politics aside to condemn the shocking attack. President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialist frontrunner in the presidential race, Francois Hollande, cancelled campaign events…

Tens of thousands march for leftist French candidate

PARIS — Tens of thousands marched in Paris on Sunday to support firebrand leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has shaken up France’s election campaign with a surprise jump in the polls. Melenchon of the Left Front, who represents a coalition of leftist parties including the Communists, has emerged as…

French Socialist seeks to retake momentum from Sarkozy

PARIS — French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande, facing off against resurgent Nicolas Sarkozy, looked to make up ground Thursday with vows to boost taxes on the rich. In a three-hour appearance on France 2 public television, Hollande sought to cement his left-wing credentials with promises of tax hikes on…

Leading French candidate vows 75 percent tax on super rich

The Socialist tipped to become France’s next president took aim at the wealthy Tuesday with plans to slap a 75 percent tax rate on top earners. Francois Hollande said it was simply a case of “patriotism to accept to pay extra tax to get the country back on its feet again” and reverse…

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