Swiss march for same-sex marriage ahead of referendum
06 September 2021 | 1:55 pm
Switzerland is due to hold a vote this month on the legalization of same-sex marriage. Conservative politicians had called for the referendum to "protect traditions."
4 May 2021
Swiss paper Le Temps warns of a "Syrian-style civil war" in Myanmar as civilians opposed to the military coup join forces with minority ethnic militia groups. We also look at calls to reinvestigate whether the coronavirus could have accidentally come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. And Microsoft billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates may be divorcing after 27 years, but we also look at a potential new beginning: a marriage proposal written in a field in eastern France.
16 May 2021
Well over 100 Catholic priests in Germany have offered blessings to same sex couples this week. It's a sensation, and a natural decision for many, though it goes against the Vatican and the German Church's rules.
7 Jun 2021
As he scales the wall with ease, nothing gives away the fact that Marcel Remy is a remarkable 98 years old. Despite his age, the Swiss climber still makes it to the climbing centre every week. "I really enjoy it, because you have to work, you have to think, you have to push yourself," he tells AFP.
15 Jun 2021
The alpine country could become the first in Europe to outlaw synthetic pesticides. Swiss voters will also decide whether to limit subsidies to organic farmers who use fewer antibiotics and more locally produced feed.
21 Jun 2021
Switzerland fans in Azerbaijan react after a 3-1 victory over Turkey in Euro 2020 which gives their team hope of qualifying for the last 16.
25 Jun 2021
Residents of Gibraltar are voting on whether to ease its abortion law in a referendum. Campaigning has been fierce in this normally closely-knit British enclave at the southernmost tip of Spain, which is home to some 32,000 people.
17 Jul 2021
Europe's top human rights court had called on Russia to establish a legal framework for same sex partnerships. Russia said the verdict contradicted its laws and morality.
22 Jul 2021
Orban said in a live video post that he would hold a vote on whether to push ahead with an anti-LGBTQ law that prompted the European Commission to launch legal action against Budapest.
3 Aug 2021
The country's president says that the referendum will strengthen democracy. But critics are calling it a political stunt and think it won't get the turnout it needs to be binding.
15 Aug 2021
The 57-year-old Swiss woman was found covered in a black sheet near a waterfall. Thai authorities have boosted security on the island of Phuket.
10 Aug 2021
The 57-year-old Swiss tourist was found covered by a sheet near a waterfall on the island of Phuket. After launching an extensive investigation, authorities have now detained a suspect.
12 Sep 2021
As head of Glacier Monitoring Switzerland (Glamos), Matthias Huss is at the forefront of observing the impact of climate change because glaciers are like a "giant thermometer" that indicates that upheavals are "very, very fast".
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Economist Jayati Gosh believes a windfall tax is a "no-brainer". "The difficulty is how do you establish how much is windfall? It's very complicated," Ghosh tells FRANCE 24. She is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the newly appointed co-chair of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation.
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Sweden's Riksbank has kicked off what's expected to be a series of interest rate hikes around the world, as central banks struggle to curb inflation. The 100 basis point hike is Sweden's biggest in three decades, in response to a cost-of-living crisis that's affecting households and businesses.
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Hurricane Fiona has hit Canada's Atlantic coast with strong rains and wind after brushing past Bermuda. Experts say it could become one of the most severe storms Canada has ever seen.
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Seven months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, repairing worn-out Western weapons is becoming increasingly important. The workshop for doing so is to be built on the Polish-Ukrainian border.