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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Lunchtime News Wednesday 21st April 2021

The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has spoken to France’s Health Minister Olivier Véran about his intentions for the lifting of the restrictions in N... Lunchtime News Wednesday 21st April 2021 Read More

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French and Riviera News Wednesday 21st April 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron has set mid-May for the reopening of the first terraces of bars and restaurants and cultural places, promising a stri... French and Riviera News Wednesday 21st April 2021 Read More

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Evening Update Tuesday 20 April 2021

The government has announced a priority list of twenty jobs where workers will qualify for vaccination from this Saturday. They include almost half a ... Evening Update Tuesday 20 April 2021 Read More

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Lunchtime News Tuesday 20th April 2021

France’s Minister of Health, Oivier Véran, has said he is in favour of the end of lockdown being carried out “region by region” in France. Veran adds ... Lunchtime News Tuesday 20th April 2021 Read More

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