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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The SNCF has announced that due to works being carried out the TER network between Avignon and Miramas will be disrupted. ... Works on train network Avignon – Miramas Read More

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French and Riviera News Thursday 21st November 2019

Police in Cannes are carrying out an investigation after reports of an attempted kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl near a school in the city. ... French and Riviera News Thursday 21st November 2019 Read More

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Evening Update Wednesday 20 November

The prosecutor's office in Draguignan has opened a judicial investigation after a woman claimed to have been detained in a villa near St. Raphael for ... Evening Update Wednesday 20 November Read More

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