French Parliament

French Parliament - French President Emmanuel Macron's government wants to shrink the country's parliament by 25% as part of an overhaul of French institutions. The government introduced a draft law on Wednesday that would reduce the number of seats in the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, from 577 to 433. The Senate would go from 348 to 261 members. The bill also allows for 20% of seats to be based on party lists instead of individual candidates. Both moves were promised by Macron during the 2017 presidential campaign, which was marred by corruption scandals around parliamentary spending involving rival candidates. Many voters embraced the proposals, but Macron's critics say they could further strengthen the president's powers.

 

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Evening Update Monday 28 September 2020

The Prefect of the Bouches du Rhone has said that fines will be issued as from today to restaurants and bars which are not closed as required by new r... Evening Update Monday 28 September 2020 Read More

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Lunchtime News Monday 28th September 2020

New restrictions to fight the Covid-19 pandemic are coming into force in many parts of France. Lunchtime News Monday 28th September 2020 Read More

28/09/2020

French and Riviera News Monday 28th September 2020

Cafe and restaurants owners in the Alpes Maritimes are to meet with the prefect today ahead of the possible closure of their establishments at 10pm du... French and Riviera News Monday 28th September 2020 Read More

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Evening Update Friday 25 September 2020

Two suspects are in custody after an attack near the former offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning. ... Evening Update Friday 25 September 2020 Read More

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