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.
The lower house has passed the first article of a sweeping plan giving authorities greater powers to combat terrorism. But human rights groups say the proposed changes to the constitution will undermine citizens' rights.
France can expect to see more unrest as the government attempts to push through labor market reforms. Even after concessions to widespread resistance, most French reject the plans. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Paris.
French President Francois Hollande has abandoned planned constitutional reforms that would have stripped terrorists of their nationality. The proposals were first suggested in light of November's Paris attacks.
Nationwide strikes are being held in France to reject a government reform which would relax the 35-hour working week and other labor rules. Public transport, hospitals and schools have all been affected.
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