France: Francois Fillon under fire over women’s rights

The front-runner to be next right-wing presidential candidate, former Prime-Minister Francois Fillon faces a row over women’s rights. He was accused by his former cabinet minister Natalie Kosciusko-Morizet to turned down ministerial jobs because she was pregnant.

“It’s true,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet told Franceinfo TV. But she said it was a matter from the past, for which Mr Fillon had since expressed regret and which many woman would recognise as a wider problem in French society.

Another row of Fillon is his position against abortion. His rival on contest, former PM Alain Juppé pledges him to clarify his position over that.

Fillon, who is personally opposed to abortion but against revisiting its legal status, reacted with fury, saying: “I would never have thought my friend could stoop so low.”

Fillon don’t make any comments over this.

France: Hollande digs in as rail strike looms

The labour dispute has a new chapter today in France. French president Francois Hollande has insisted that a controversial labour reform will not be withdrawn as strike action looms on the railways.

“The text assures the best performance for businesses and offers new rights to employees,” he told a newspaper.

The new general strikes to be schedule for next weeks by railway workes, Air France pilots and other trade unions.

Conclusion: French works are very angry with monsieur Hollande.

France: Clashes erupt at May Day march

The battle over Labour reforms in France has goes on today. The clashes among protesters and police has broken out in May Day.

The proposed law, to be debated in parliament on Tuesday, would remove some of the protection workers enjoy against being laid off, in an attempt to encourage businesses to hire more people.

The socialist government says its aim is to combat chronic unemployment, but opponents say it will let employers bypass workers’ rights on pay, rest time and overtime rates.

Conclusion: Labour reform is debated and clashed in France.

Europe: Hollande warns of UK exit ‘consequences’

During a short visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to France. French President Francois Hollande said he wants the UK to stay in the EU – and warned of the “consequences” for immigration and the economy of leaving.

Asked whether he would do this, Mr Hollande said: “I don’t want to scare you, I just want to say the truth – there will be consequences.”

Speaking to reporters at a summit in Northern France, Hollande said: “There will be consequences if the UK is to leave the EU, there will be consequences in many areas, in the single market, in the financial trade, in development, in the economic development between our two countries.

“It doesn’t mean that everything will be destroyed, I don’t want to give you catastrophic scenarios, but there will be consequences.”

Conclusion: The dark side of Brexit by Hollande.

 

Europe: David Cameron to meet Francois Hollande for EU reform talks

The talks over UK-EU relationship still goes on. British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet with French President Francois Hollande later today. The sticking point is the proposal to protect non-eurozone countries. France said it will not support anything which looks like special treatment for the City of London.

The French government is said to be concerned about UK calls for protection for non-eurozone countries.

No 10 said the French had shown “willingness” to find a solution.

Conclusion: The battle of English Channel has begun.

 

France: Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to leave office

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced he leaves the office. He told reporters that he had attended his final cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

It’s unclear who will replace Fabius as Foreign Minister.

He has been nominated by President Hollande to head France’s constitutional court, which ensures bills comply with the constitution.

Conclusion: Goodbye, Laurent.

 

World Affairs: Rouhani hails ‘new chapter’ in Iranian-French ties

During his trip in Europe, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has hailed a new chapter on ties with France and Italy. Speaking in Paris, Rouhani said”The time is ripe for both countries to enhance their relations.

“Diplomacy at the negotiating table can be quite effective – it can through logic and prudence… resolve problems,” he said.

He signs deals with that countries. But human rights activists has criticised him in Paris.

Conclusion: The world loves Rouhani, less human rights activists.