the international news website. anchor: hello and welcome to "france 24." you are watching live from paris. it is 1:00 in the french capital. the headlines this hour. the former french minister dies at the age of 89. the holocaust survivor was best known for spearheading legalizing abortion in france. germany approves same-sex marriage, parliament passing the bill after the german chancellor center -- said her opinion on the issue had shifted but angela merkel admitted she voted against the measure.
the move now places germany on par with other countries in western europe. revised travel ban goes into effect. officials expect no major disruptions. travelers from six muslim majority relationship will now need to prove they have a bona fide personal relationship to travel to the country. ♪ anchor: tributes have been pouring in after news of her death was confirmed by her family. president emmanuel macron took to express all citizens can be inspired by the example she said. nicholas sarkozy called her immortal. she was minister of health previously. she was a holocaust survivor and best known for pushing forward legalizing abortion in france in
1975. she died this friday at the age of 89. >> a survivor, that is how france will remember her. in 2005,at auschwitz it was as a survivor that she warned the world against the madness of men. she never let her heavy past hamper her faith in the future. she made history when as health minister she thought and won the hardest battle of her career, the legalization of abortion. >> the assembly watched the screen for the results. we breathe a sigh of relief when it went through. >> since 1920, abortion had been a criminal offense in france. were000 women a year terminating pregnancies. the assembly was gripped by a heated and often violent debate. >> i knew it would be a difficult debate.
i did not think there would be so much verbal violence. it was so strong it was a most like physical violence. we have to withstand huge pressure. >> one of france's most beloved alsoical figures, she committed herself to advancing and promoting the european project. ever the free spirit, in 2007, she price -- surprised the center-right by backing nicholas sarkozy. >> i appreciate his aptitude, his talent, and who he is as a person. i think he is by far the most capable person to take on the post of president. >> weeks later when the elected president created a ministry associating national identity surprisedation, she again when she went against his controversial decision.
admired for her political courage, she was a major player france.litical anchor: thank you for joining us on the program. what is her greatest legacy in your opinion? the law allowing abortion in france. momenta.istorical each of us can remember when she in front of the e.ench assembly national there were hundreds of men and only nine women. her speech focused at the beginning on this point. i am sorry, she said, that i have to speak of something that is so personal, speaking to a
lot of men in front of me. moment.n extraordinary lib and wehe women's had a lot of battles in the street to ask for this law. her support was essential because the right wing was against this law. anchor: the president says he wants her example to inspire citizens. even though times have changed, she still serves as a role model even today. >> yes, because she was so clear in the way she was supporting women's rights. in another situation, she was also very important. sometimes this is forgotten. it is about battered wives. she was the first minister that supported the first shelter in
france for battered wives. when she was president of the european commission of created theshe commission for women's rights. i think she understood. i don't just think, that i have been speaking with her, and i know that for her women's rights, even at the international level and geopolitical issue was essential. anchor: thank you very much for joining us on "france 24." in other news, gay marriage has been legalized in germany. parliament passed the legislation this friday. that puts the country on par with other e.u. nations. the event that sparked the vote came on monday when the german chancellor was asked by an audience member during an
onstage interview, when can i call my boyfriend my husband if i want to marry him? repliederkel her thinking had shifted causing her political rivals to pounce on her shift in tone. reporter: their lives are set for a big change because german parliament has approved a bill that gives gay and lesbians couples full marriage rights, including adoption. recognition, it warms the heart. at the moment, we are thinking about having a party, getting married, and using our new rights to protect our relationship. the most important thing is that it tells our families and friends that we are committed to each other and that we will spend our lives together. reporter: the vote took place this friday after chancellor
angela merkel surprised many by announcing a relaxing of her opposition to its gay marriage earlier this week. the bill passed easily because it had wide cross party support and because merkel told m.p.'s they were free to vote with their conscience. >> for those attached the church, it plays an important it is ach is why question of conscience rather than something i push through a majority vote. say her: analysts change of stance was done to reduce barriers to her party forming a new coalition government after elections in september. all her potential pollution partners -- coalition partners had said legalizing gay marriage was a condition for sharing power.
the new law is expected to take effect later this year. story, for more on this we join jessica. and sheerkel voted no said for her, marriage is between a man and a woman. issue being tactical gear -- is she being tactical here? >> it is certainly being interpreted that way. angela merkel voted no in an open vote so she knew that her vote would be seen. on a law that no she knew would be passed because it has such broad support. it was seen as tactical. it was seen as giving a nod to her far right conservatives and more religious members and supporters of her conservative bloc. split in been a real
oc on this issue but there had been voices of concern from conservative members saying if they voted to support gay marriage, and force their more right-wing members into the alternative for germany. it is being interpreted as a tactical move from angela merkel. it is also a gamble. she have given a nod to her far wast supporters, but this an important vote in germany. we heard words like tolerance, and to discrimination, equal rights for gay citizens. she has placed herself on the wrong side of this historic vote. to seemed conciliatory when she spoke to the press afterwards saying she still believes marriage is between a man in a woman. she does now believe gay couples should be allowed to adopt. to beuld like this vote
over as soon as possible as she continues on the election campaign. anchor: gay couples were allowed to enter into civil partnerships in 2001. why has it taken so long for gay marriage to be legalized in germany? >> that is the question. voteurse, we saw this pushed through in a hurry this week. they decided it would be today, the last day of the legislative session before summer break. this has been an issue debated in parliament and within parties as well for many years. the social democrats and green party have been pushing for equal rights and for the gay marriage law to be approved for many years. we saw a leading green party and gay-rights activist in tears of joy on german television after the results of the vote were announced. he had been fighting for this for 30 years. has been a lot going on behind the scenes.
the government for 12 years have been putting the brakes on progress on the issue. members conservative today say in the debate they believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that is deeply entrenched in the german constitution. ultimately, they were outvoted today. germany has approved same-sex marriage. i think there will be a lot of celebrating going on across germany today and tonight. anchor: thank you very much for that. after months of legal wrangling, donald trump's travel ban has committed to affect. citizens from six predominantly muslim nations will now need to prove they have a bona fide personal relationship to enter the united states. the new rules cover refugees hoping to enter the country as well. u.s. officials have promised institution will be orderly. customs and border protection agency says it expects business
as usual at points of entry. we have this report. newrter: donald trump's travel ban has just come into effect. but already, dozens of protesters chant this slogan on the streets of new york. libya, iran, sudan, somalia, and yemen. as of friday, citizens of these predominantly muslim countries will be banned from entering the u.s. without a current visa for 90 days. 120 for refugees. >> we are in a political climate where muslims are being targeted by bigoted and discriminatory laws. we need to stand up for those who are the most marginalized. reporter: the ban had been blocked by several courts but is finally being rolled out in a revised form. nationals from blacklisted countries may be allowed in, only if they have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a personal
entity in the united states. a wording that officials and citizens consider to be vague and arbitrary. >> how could you deny someone's grandparent has a bona fide relationship with the family? hacking you deny a fiancée does not have that relationship? >> it makes me feel so sad as americans. i am happy here. cannot get their grandson and nephews. reporter: at airports across the country, lawyers are offering legal advice. for the moment, the supreme court is only agreement -- greenlighted a partial version of the ban and should release its final decision in october. anchor: time for business news. hello. you are starting in paris where a giant started incubator was inaugurated.
>> at his right. it is called station f. is the largest in the world in a train depot in paris and will alonground 1000 startups with microsoft and ventral capital firms. here is a closer look. >> at wanted to make friends a startup nation -- emmanuel macron wanted to make friends a startup nation. this is where it begins, the world's largest startup incubator. he wants to clean up friends's reputation -- france's reputation and make it business friendly again. >> you are the players who will make the difference. you have that responsibility at least as much as i do. based in a former railway depot has enough room for 1000 high-tech companies, enough room to overtake the
leading spot in your from london -- europe from london. the timing is perfect. since london voted to leave the e.u., have been looking for a new location. the are 26 programs to help entrepreneurs. it welcomes a certain number of companies. that it is the first time facebook creates its own incubator. microsoft is also here. >> paris is also the 3000 startup companies. main rival apart from london is berlin. >> and look at how european markets are trading this hour. all major indexes are trading up. we are seeing increased volatility worldwide as markets
digest announcements for major central banks suggesting interest rate hikes are coming in the near future. it is time to take a look at other business news making headlines around the world. united states has blacklisted a small chinese bank it says has dealings with korea, revving up on china to deal with its neighbor. it is based in a small chinese city on the northeastern -- north korean border. the state department said the arms deal included technical support for early warning radar, high-speed into radiation missiles, and torpedoes. u.s. officials urge this does not change the country's long-standing one china policy. we are going to end our show in india which is getting ready to pass its biggest tax reform.
the goal of the single tax system is to unify the indian economy. the transition is likely to be turbulent. we have the special report. reporter: it is past midnight. and strokes are waiting to clear the final checklist before they can enter the capital -- these trucks are waiting to clear the l checklist before they can into the capital. they have to pay a separate tax each time they cross a new state. them come the introduction of the single tax system is the end of the logistical nightmare. >> if there is one tax for the whole country and all states, everyone will benefit. this is the only way for our country to move forward. there is no alternative. reporter: tax reform is finally here after 17 years of negotiations between new delhi and the 29 states. the transition is likely to be rocky. is the head of the traders
union. is asking as a bridge between -- he is acting as a bridge between unhappy traders and the union. >> they are unhappy with the tax base. reporter: small businessesreporter: could pay more. everyone would have to declare income. surprisingly, some companies may have to file 1400 tax reports each year instead of two. he believes that reform is absolutely necessary. multinationals want that kind of platform. in two or three years, things might ease in the top. hopes thegovernment reform will expand the taxpayer base. thank you very much.
is time for our press review -- it is time for our press review. we are joined in the studio by flo. are starting with the chinese president -- you are starting with the chinese's president's visit. >> is the photo of president xi jinping arriving in hong kong for the three-day visit. the 20 year anniversary proves the success of the policy according to the "global times. you can get that in another state papers in china. xi pledges full support and will help build a better hong kong. they're talking about these pledges coming from the chinese president looking ahead to the future. turned tohong kong's
deliver on the goodwill and faith the central government is showing it. anchor: how are the papers in hong kong reacting? >> it has been interesting reading the hong kong papers over the last couple of years. it was critical of beijing, but today they are going when it comes -- glowing when it comes to mainline china. they say the formula has worked thatll for hong kong invest realistically recently -- recently hinders progress. they are supportive of beijing. there is a cartoon, a political cartoon, critical of critics in the west who are critical of the formula. it is quite critical of great britain which used to rule over
hong kong. queen perhapse showing a bit of hypocrisy coming from western nations. anchor: in great britain, the government has allowed women from northern island to get free abortions in the country. >> it is big news in great britain and continued on the front page of "the guardian." it looks at abortion rates around europe. there is a dark spot, the republic ireland and northern ireland. says northern island has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in europe. impossible for a woman to have an abortion legally there. women have been charged about 900 pounds for an abortion if they traveled to get the procedure. that procedure will now be free. anchor: in france, the french a report on something
not often discussed, domestic violence. >> it is an interesting report, hard to read, a chilling report. they're talking about an investigation into a mass murder. it has this issue over the last couple of years and the figures are chilling. every three days, a woman dies in france due to domestic violence from a partner or former partner. hundreds of women are dying each year. it says there is a general indifference to the phenomenon and yet it touches every category of society. in each case, their different reasons for the domestic violence but there are recurring themes that can go against stereotypes. alcohol is not always involved. it is not always foreign women. and 60% of cases, the perpetrators were exposed to domestic violence as children. they want to make sure the victims are not forgotten. anchor: going to the united states next where the president has come under criticism for
very sexist tweets. >> indeed, trump had an aggressive tweet aimed at a "morning joe" coanchor. he said he had seen her around new year's eve and she was "leading badly -- bleeding badly from a facelift." as you can imagine, this tweet has sparked a lot of outrage from women's groups. this is an editorial i find interesting. seems it is beyond outrage. trumpashington post" says will clearly not change but here is what we can do to safeguard stability and democratic parties until his presidency ends. it says we need to be courteous and make sure this kind of ugliness does not become a dominant trait. we will look at some reactions on social media. a lot of people have been lashing out against the president.
this is an instagram post by the former white house photographer trump a little bit by showing a photo of barack obama and how he respected women. anchor: moving back to france where the president has released his official portrait, ca using quite a stir. >> articles are focusing on every single detail. this is the photo that will be in town halls across the country for at least the next five years. they compare this portrait to other portraits of previous presidents. they each try to come across as unique with various styles, trying to send a message. mick cronin in a very symmetrical photo showing his a in a very- macron symmetrical photo showing he is a centrist.
is very careful about his image. there is no detail left to chance. very scripted and quite a lot of photoshop. twitter has had a field day. a lot of people saying it looks like an advertisement for a luxury suit. and there have been all sorts of memes as well. anchor: you can watch previous editions of the press review on our website. we are going to take a short break. stay with us. more to come. ♪ i am in fiji. people year are first in line for climate change. there are more storms.