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Will France's plain cigarette packs make smokers quit?
Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

The first plain cigarette packages will hit the shelves on Friday.

Hollande 'won't back down' on labour market reform
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French President Francois has ruled out withdrawing the labour market reforms which have sparked street protests for weeks and led to a vote of no-confidence in the government.

Brexit vote
Brits: don't let bumbling councils steal your vote
A pro-EU campaigner hands out leaflets in London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

If you're a Brit anxious to have your say in the EU referendum, don't let bumbling bureaucrats deprive you of your rights, says Laura Shields.

Labour reforms
Police and protesters clash again in French cities
All photos: AFP

Demonstrations in France turned ugly once again, as violence marred more protests against the labour reform bill.

Sex scandals: Are French politicians really the worst?
Michel Sapin, Denis Baupin and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photo:AFP

The world of French politics has been sullied by sex scandals once again. Will lessons be learned this time?

Frank Underwood trolls 'undemocratic' French PM
Photos: HouseOfCards/Twitter and AFP

The official Twitter account for fictional president Frank Underwood trolled the French PM by saying his government's forced labour reform bill was undemocratic.

Sexism row: French minister admits 'inappropriate' move
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France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin admitted to an "inappropriate action" to a female journalist, who claimed he twanged the elastic of her knickers.

Paris mayor races to meet London counterpart Khan
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Anne Hidalgo wasted no time by becoming the first foreign dignitary to meet London's new socialist mayor Sadiq Khan.

France forces through labour bill without lawmakers vote
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The French government declined to seek parliamentary approval for its unpopular labour laws bill

French female politicians slam 'impunity' of lustful colleagues
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Female French politicians have united in a call for an end to impunity for their male colleagues who think it's fine to sexually harass them.

(Another) French politician gets mired in a sex scandal
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Deputy president of French parliament quits after being accused of sexual harassment by members of his own party.

How France is failing to protect foreigners' rights
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France's human rights tsar has called for the French to tackle the "preconceptions" and "myths" which are leaving foreigners in the country at a disadvantage.

France unveils new €40m plan to fight radicalization
Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the press conference. Photo: Eric Feferburg/AFP

The French prime minister called it "the big challenge of our generation".

Why are the French shrugging their shoulders at Brexit?
Photo: Jan Lewandowski/Flickr

One thing has surprised author Stephen Clarke about the French attitude towards a potential Brexit - their sheer indifference.

Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
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The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

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