‘Negro’ remark lands parfumier in court

‘Negro’ remark lands parfumier in court

Jean-Paul Guerlain will appear in a Paris courtroom on Thursday to answer for remarks he made in a television interview that provoked controversy in France and abroad.

Gay wedding ceremony aims to push law change

Gay wedding ceremony aims to push law change

The mayor of the southern Paris suburb of Villejuif will officiate at a marriage between two men on Saturday, although the union will get no legal recognition.

Friendly words before battle begins

Friendly words before battle begins

A surprise meeting between President Sarkozy and the Socialist candidate who wants to take his job in May was a picture of courtesy and warmth on Wednesday evening.

Spain fails to see funny side of Nadal skit

Spain fails to see funny side of Nadal skit

Spain's tennis federation said on Wednesday it will sue French TV broadcaster Canal+ over a sketch which implied that Rafael Nadal and other Spanish athletes use performance-enhancing drugs.

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MPs approve public sector quotas for women

France's lower house National Assembly on Wednesday approved a government plan to introduce quotas for the hiring of women to top public sector posts that will hit 40 percent by 2018.

Sarkozy ally charged with influence peddling

Sarkozy ally charged with influence peddling

A probe on Wednesday charged a former minister close to President Nicolas Sarkozy with influence peddling but did not immediately uphold more potentially damaging charges of illegal campaign financing.