French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa reacts to the secret media group known as “League of LOL”, which was exposed for harassing women colleagues online. The affair is being dubbed the “French media’s #MeToo”, with Liberation newspaper referring to the group as a “boys’ club” which bullied women online and cracked off-colour jokes about rape culture.
Four topless FEMEN activists protested against proposed changes in the way the French legal system handles cases of rape outside the seat of the French Senate in Paris on Tuesday.
Activists dressed in costume as ‘Lady Justice,’ wearing blindfolds and holding swords and scales. The women had slogans written on their chests reading “blind justice” and “rape is not a small crime.”
The brief protest ended without arrests as the activists fled, still in costume, before police appeared.
The French Senate is currently voting on a range of legal reforms that include provisions which would see many cases of rape and sexual assault categorized as minor crimes that would be investigated by tribunals without juries. The government claims that the reforms are intended to speed up the judicial process.
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A debate is raging in France about whether homeopathy is really effective. The country’s high authority of health is due to issue a long-awaited opinion in the spring on the appropriateness of reimbursing this form of alternative medicine, which has been described as “fake” by some practitioners. But French homeopathic giant Boiron says it would be a false economy if the state decides to stop reimbursing patients for such treatments.
It may be difficult to believe but Paris didn’t have – until now – a international Wine Fair. The first edition of the fair is held until Wednesday with one goal : to sell more French wine.
The french foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, meets in Paris his british counterpart, Jeremy Hunt. IMAGES
Scuffles have broken out between French yellow vest protesters and police in a 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations. (Feb. 9)
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Former French nun Laurence Poujade, who claims to have been sexually abused by a member of the Community of St. Jean in France, says she has been waiting “for twenty years to be able to speak”. She is happy that Pope François admits that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” but adds it’s just ‘a step’, not ‘the final stop’.
Victorian-era painting of a French bulldog, miniature figurines of pugs playing instruments, a Fox Terrier squeleton: the American Kennel Club has brought its Museum of the Dog back to New York City.
At his Paris restaurant “Oka,” Brazilian-born chef Raphael Rego combines a French culinary heritage with products he imports from the Amazon. His is the first restaurant offering Brazilian cuisine to be awarded a Michelin star outside of Brazil.
French President Emmanuel Macron calls on France’s youth to take part in the Great National Debate, his bid to face the fierce criticism he has endured in “yellow vest” protests. IMAGES