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Christine Ockrent is regarded as one of France's most respected broadcasters, the only journalist granted an interview with Saddam Hussein in the middle of the Gulf War. As well as becoming the first woman to anchor and edit the prime time news, Christine has also edited the current affairs journal L'Express, worked as the deputy director-general of France's TF1 channel and presented the country's flagship magazine and program on French and European politics, France-Europe Express. She also anchors a monthly program on international affairs on TV5Monde. Close.

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Stop Righteous Religiosity

Paris, France - In our societies, there is no reason to deprive homosexuals of the legal and financial rights which we are all entitled to. France has set up a system called PACS which guarantees such rights whilst avoiding the connotations of "marriage". It is an official contract coupled with a civil ceremony at City Hall. In a country like the U.S. so much more impregnated with religion, it is easy -- and quite despicable -- to see what political mileage can be drawn from homosexual marriage issue, which seems to surface at every election.

The Democratic Party would be well advised to articulate a coordinated position on this issue -- like it would be on so many others. It would give the party more credibility as an alternative to self-righteous conservatism. This is important at a time when social issues have become so much a part of politics.

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