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.
France's Senate election appears to have handed the far-right National Front entry for the first time, with 2 seats. Meanwhile, the conservatives claim a Senate majority over President Francois Hollande's socialists.
Two days after his government narrowly survived a confidence vote, French President Hollande went on the offensive to defend his presidency. The battle is far from over.
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 has approved a bill guaranteeing homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt children. The measure was approved in the face of stiff opposition from conservative and religious groups.
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