The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) chooses its new leader at a summit in Armenia on Thursday and Friday. But the French-backed candidacy of Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo has caused a great deal of controversy.
For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has been trying to join the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). But some member countries believe Riyadh’s bid is at odds with the democratic ideals promoted by the grouping.
The trial of Abdelkader Merah – who stands accused of aiding and abetting his brother Mohamed in the March 2012 shootings that took place in southwestern France – has revealed flaws and gaps in the prosecution’s case.
Some French MPs have started sleeping in their offices because of the lack of available housing in the National Assembly. The overcrowding is due to a surfeit of enthusiastic new MPs clocking in as never before.
In the second round of legislative elections on Sunday, 223 women were elected to France’s lower house. With 38.65% of seats in the National Assembly, the election marks a new record for female representation in the French parliament.
An online petition urging former justice minister Christiane Taubira to join France’s upcoming left-wing presidential primary has gained tens of thousands of signatures, amid fears the ruling Socialist Party is headed for an election drubbing.