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Macron considers 'strong gesture' to end fiery tax protests

APRNEWS - French leader Emmanuel Macron faced growing pressure on Monday to find a way out of the deepest crisis of his presidency after protests over taxes sparked Paris’s worst rioting in decades.

As dozens of people were brought to court over Saturday’s clashes, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with ministers and with the heads of the main opposition parties to discuss ways of resolving the tension.

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France's ban on full-body Islamic veil violates human rights: U.N. rights panel

APRNEWS - The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and ordered it to review the legislation.

France had failed to make the case for its ban, the committee said, and gave it 180 days to report back to say what actions it had taken.

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