February 1, 1999 |
Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday to protest a bill that would give legal status to unmarried couples and, opponents claim, subvert "family values." The leftist government of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has been pressing to make the Civil Solidarity Pact, known as PACS, law. Critics say the bill's real aim is to legalize homosexual marriages and ultimately allow gay couples to adopt children. Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement said nearly 100,000 people turned out for the march.
December 6, 1997 |
French legislators this week fought over one of the most divisive and acrimonious questions in this country's political life: what it takes for a person to be considered French. In the tightest legislative battle of its six-month rule, Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's government moved a step closer to sweeping away most, but not all, of the legal distinctions between the children of French citizens and those of foreigners living in France.
January 6, 1994 |
France's conservative government said Wednesday that it will seek to impose strict controls on artificial impregnation, including a requirement that infertile couples have the consent of the sperm donor and a judge's permission before receiving an embryo implant. The government was spurred by a growing national debate this week following the birth of twins to a 59-year-old, post-menopausal British woman, who received an embryo implant at an Italian clinic.
January 4, 1994 |
France declared Monday that it would seek to become the first country to ban artificial impregnation for post-menopausal women as part of a landmark legislative effort to cope with the moral and medical dilemmas posed by genetic engineering.
July 11, 1993 |
The French Senate approved a bill allowing police wide-ranging powers to make spot identity checks as part of a government crackdown on illegal immigration. The bill, passed 228 to 88, will allow police to ask anyone to present identity papers "no matter what his behavior."
June 7, 1990 |
Will the Marlboro Man ride off into the sunset for good? The French government Wednesday moved to ban all tobacco advertising in France by 1993, and American health groups are pushing laws that would force such ads out of existence in this country too. But a U.S. ban faces an uphill battle and, if adopted, might not hurt cigarette sales much, analysts say. In fact, magazines, newspapers, billboards and other media stand to lose out on the $1.5 billion the industry spends a year on advertising.