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France to pass gay marriage, adoption law

France's new Socialist government is to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Cat

Care centres deny elderly the right to sex: Paper

Care facilities often deny elderly people the basic right, and one of their few remaining pleasures, to continue having sex, according to a paper published on Tuesday.

Many older people, including th

Briton dies after jumping from Eiffel Tower

A British man has committed suicide by climbing up the Eiffel Tower in Paris and jumping to his death, officials said on Monday.

Police spotted the man climbing the structure of the tower around 11:3

Small luxury firms make modest way to global market


Poupie Cadolle's family has been making handmade lingerie in a workshop on Rue Saint Honore for five generations, with Qatari royals, American actresses and Swiss bankers' wives all crossing her doors

French Socialists enjoy free rein after fresh vote win


The road was clear on Monday for France's Socialists to push through their tax-and-spend agenda to battle the eurozone debt crisis after clinching an absolute majority in parliamentary polls.

After F

Paris mulls plan to extend Eiffel Tower downwards


Paris authorities are mulling a plan to extend the Eiffel Tower downwards as above ground building would spoil the French capital's geometry, the head of the landmark's operating company said on Friday.

Moody's downgrades Nokia credit rating to junk status


Ratings agency Moody's downgraded on Friday its long-term credit rating of Finnish telecommunications group Nokia by one notch to the speculative level of ‘Ba1’ and said its outlook remained negative.

France aghast at tweet by French leader's partner


French President Francois Hollande's girlfriend has set the French political establishment aghast with a tweet of support for the man running against the mother of Hollande's children.

The tweet on T

Oil prices fall, but still too high, hurting growth: IEA


The eurozone debt crisis, a Chinese slowdown and increased supply depressed oil prices in May but despite fears of a sharp drop, they still remain high and crimp growth, the IEA said on Wednesday.


France's Hollande caught in storm over partner's tweet

French President Francois Hollande faced his first political storm on Wednesday as his rightwing opponents looked to exploit an incendiary tweet by his partner just days ahead of a parliamentary elect

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