The French National Assembly is due to vote on a bill to legalise gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The issue has exposed deep rifts in French society and prompted huge protests.
French lawmakers have approved a new law that gives the state extensive powers to spy on citizens. The bill has been criticized by civil libertarians, but gained wider support in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
French President Francois Hollande has called for "responsibility" and "lucidity" from his Socialist lawmakers, days after his government was forced to ram an economic reforms package through parliament without a vote.
French lawmakers have narrowly approved 50 billion euros ($69 billion) in spending cuts designed to help meet deficit reduction targets. The plan is seen as the first major test for the country's new government.
The French parliament is about to decide on a draft law aimed at boosting growth that would include allowing shops to open more often on a Sunday and a deregulation of some professions.