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RFI : France
19  mars     18h39
French president, government remain defiant on pensions ahead of crucial votes
RFI    France s government is holding its ground over a bitterly contested pension reform pushed through parliament without a vote ahead of crucial no confidence motions on Monday
Farmers in drought-stricken southwest France invoke Saint-Gaudérique for rain
Alison Hird    Faced with the worst droughts since farmers in the Catalan region of southwest France turned to their patron Saint Gaudérique on Saturday to help bring on the rains carrying the saint s relics through the streets of Perpignan
France eyes agricultural independence as war hits Ukrainian grain supply
Sarah Elzas    French farmers have increased their grain production to make up for losses in Ukraine which has had to reduce its agricultural exports since Russia s invasion in February The war has pushed France to consider issues of food independence and as it continues it raises questions about France
18  mars     15h55
France bans anti-government protests near parliament amid growing unrest
RFI    France has banned gatherings opposite parliament and on the Champs Elysées after a second night of unrest sparked by the government s decision to impose an unpopular pension overhaul without a parliamentary vote
17  mars     16h17
French lawmakers seek to bring down government as pension row rages on
Michael Fitzpatrick    Two French opposition groups a broad centre left coalition and the far right National Rally have separately filed motions of censure against the government of Elisabeth Borne The two texts call for the French equivalent of a no confidence vote Should either motion succeed the government will
Fashion and climate: why the greenest garment is the one you already own
Alison Hird    The fashion industry is being called on to reduce its hefty carbon footprint but the only way to make the sector truly sustainable is for producers to scale back and consumers to buy less This is what the Fashion Revolution movement is urging as it prepares to mark years of campaigning for
Macron promises more money, more jobs to sell reforms to French diplomats
Michael Fitzpatrick    President Emmanuel Macron met staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday promising a bigger budget and major hiring spree in an effort to allay fears about the reform of France s vast diplomatic corps
Notre-Dame fire revealed hidden marvels of Gothic building technique
Michael Fitzpatrick    The fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris four years ago exposed a long hidden secret about the Paris landmark it was the first Gothic cathedral in which iron staples were used as reinforcements during the construction of what was the tallest building of its time
France a nation on the boil after government’s pension gambit
Michael Fitzpatrick    The front pages of the French dailies look like a war zone on Friday morning with images from motorway blockades demonstrations piles of blazing rubbish On the political front several opposition groups have promised to bring down the government
Supporters of jailed Russian dissident Navalny recreate his cell in Paris
RFI    The support team of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have installed a small concrete box marked with the word SHIZO meaning punishment cell in Russian behind the Louvre Museum in Paris to try and raise awareness over his dire conditions of detention
Parliamentary and popular fury as Macron ’defies French democracy’
Michael Fitzpatrick    French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday faced intensified protests and accusations of anti democratic behaviour after pushing through a contentious pension reform without a parliamentary vote On Thursday thousands gathered outside parliament to protest the government s move
16  mars     20h40
French PM Borne to carry on despite show of force over pension reform
Paul Myers    France s Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne vowed on Thursday to carry on despite a bruising day of political manoeuvres in which she deployed the emergency powers of Article to sweep the government s controversial pensions reform bill through the National Assembly
Striking Paris garbage collectors ordered to clear 7,000 tonnes of rubbish
Paul Myers    Striking refuse collectors are set to be forced to remove thousands of tonnes of rotting rubbish on Parisian streets after a top policeman took charge of the clean up
France’s Macron forces pension reform through parliament by decree
RFI    The French government deployed its executive powers on Thursday to push President Emmanuel Macron s controversial pension reform through parliament without a vote The decision to use the constitutional tool was made minutes before a vote on the bill was set to take place in the National Assembly
French Senate approves pension reform plan ahead of National Assembly vote
RFI    A final version of the controversial pension reform that has set off massive protests and strikes in France was approved on Thursday in the Senate The reform passed by votes to and will now be put to the National Assembly where President Emmanuel Macron s faces a battle to pass the