Senate votes to relax assisted pregnancy rules, limits social security cover

The French Senate has voted in favour of bioethics legislation that will allow all women, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, to access medically assisted procreation. However, the upper house added a clause to the bill limiting social security repayments…

Global leaders in Jerusalem to recall horrors of Auschwitz

Dozens of world leaders have gathered at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the World War II death camp where the Nazis killed some 1.1 million people, most…

Pedestrians most at risk in Paris's territorial street war

Paris on Wednesday laid to rest 11-year-old Sixtine, tragically knocked down by a truck on her way to school last week while crossing the road at a green light for pedestrians. Her death on 13 January, in a residential part…

New documentary revisits quest for Ghanaians murdered in Gambia

Imagine being unable to bury a loved one, with no idea of where their body is, 15 years after their murder. For dozens of Ghanaian families whose fathers were murdered in The Gambia under Yahya Jammeh’s regime, the tragedy is revisited…

the billionaire off the back of Angola’s riches

More than 700,000 leaked documents, dubbed the “Luanda Leaks”, reveal how Isabel dos Santos and her Congolese husband, Sindika Dokolo, steered millions of dollars in Angola’s public funds towards companies where they held shares. Angola is seeking help from Portugal,…

France and US agree to delay spat over tax on digital giants

France and the United States have agreed a deal to end a row over taxing US digital giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – the so-called Gafa tax – that could have sparked a trade war between the…

Wuhan coronavirus deaths rise to 17 as WHO ponders global emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) was considering whether to declare China’s Wuhan coronavirus epidemic a global health emergency as the death toll rose to 17. More than 470 cases of the infection have been reported, with more cases spreading outside China….

Paris Live, Wednesday 22 January 2020

Today’s Paris Live opens with an update from our Washington correspondent to discuss the first day of the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. The Republican majority has so far made clear it will do almost anything to ensure Trump’s…

Power cut to 23,000 homes as storm Gloria brings high winds, snow to France

Intense rains and snow have been forecast in south-western France, where more than 23,000 people are without power as storm Gloria batters the region. Authorities have warned of a high risk of avalanches in the Pyrénées, near the Spanish border,…

Travel restrictions could be imposed over new virus in China

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a meeting for Wednesday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency over the outbreak of a mysterious virus that has killed six people in China and spread to several neighbouring countries….