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Macron's labour reforms spark huge demonstration in Paris
  
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Protesters carry a banner reading "no to the social coup d'etat" through the streets of Paris

{Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's overhaul of France's labour laws.}

The demonstration was organised by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far left leader who has emerged as the president's principal political opponent.

It comes a day after Mr Macron signed a new law aimed at making it easier for businesses to hire and fire staff.

It is the third such protest to take place in France this month.

On Thursday, some 132,000 people took part in nationwide protests condemning the reforms, while more than 220,000 turned out for demonstrations on 12 September.

Crowds gathered in Paris on Saturday after Mr Mélenchon, leader of the radical leftist La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), urged people to join the march from Place de la Bastille to the Place de la République.
  
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Mr Mélenchon (centre) organised the march in Paris on Saturday
   
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Thousands of people joined the march against France's new labour reforms

Mr Mélenchon, whose party opposes the controversial labour reforms, is an outspoken critic of the president's liberal economic line and has said that the policy changes are an attack on workers' rights.

However now that the reforms have been signed into law, it is too late to prevent the changes from taking place.

But this show of strength in Paris is a marker for the future, reports the BBC's Hugh Schofield from the French capital. They are a warning to President Macron that in the many other reforms that he says are to come, the street will not be silent, our correspondent adds.

Mr Macron, whose government has promised to cut unemployment from its current 9.5% to 7% in five years, has said that he expects months of resistance to the new working laws.

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Last month he said that France was "the only big EU economy that hasn't combated mass unemployment for more than three decades", adding that the biggest victims were the young and the unskilled.

Mr Macron has seen his popularity slide dramatically since he came to power on 7 May.

A poll on 27 August suggested his approval ratings had fallen from 57% in July to 40%.

What are the reforms?

France's labour code - with some chapters dating back more than a century - is over 3,000 pages long and is seen by many as a straitjacket for business.

The new laws hand companies more flexibility in negotiating wages and conditions directly with employees, rather than being bound by industry-wide collective deals negotiated by trade unions.

They also cap damages paid to workers for unfair dismissal. Employers have argued that costly and lengthy court cases often discourage them from hiring staff in the first place.

Until now, the minimum pay-out for two years' employment was six months' salary. That will now be limited to three months' pay for two years of work, and 20 months' pay for 30 years.

The president has signed five executive decrees, describing the reforms as an "unprecedented transformation of our social and economic model".
  
  
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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/23/conservative-catholics-accuse-pope-spreading-heresy.html
Conservative Catholics accuse pope of spreading heresy
  
Pope Francis talks to an infant during his visit to the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome Friday (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

More than 60 Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy after the pontiff opened the door last year to allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion.

In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a "filial correction" to the pope — a measure they said hadn't been employed since the 14th century.

The letter accused Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his 2016 document "The Joy of Love" and subsequent "acts, words and omissions."


The initiative follows another formal act by four tradition-minded cardinals who wrote Francis last year asking him to clarify a series of questions, or "dubbia," they had about his 2016 text.

Francis hasn't responded to either initiative. The Vatican spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment late Saturday.

None of the signatories of the new letter is a cardinal, and the highest-ranking churchman listed is actually someone whose organization has no legal standing in the Catholic Church: Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X. Several other signatories are well-known admirers of the old Latin Mass which Fellay's followers celebrate.

But organizers said the initiative was nevertheless significant and a sign of the concern among a certain contingent of academics and pastors over Francis' positions, which they said posed a danger to the faithful.

"There is a role for theologians and philosophers to explain to people the church's teaching, to correct misunderstandings," said Joseph Shaw, a spokesman for the initiative, signatory of the correction and senior research fellow in moral philosophy at Oxford University.

When it was released in April 2016, "The Joy of Love" immediately sparked controversy. Church teaching holds that unless divorced and civilly remarried Catholics obtain an annulment — a church decree that their first marriage was invalid — they cannot receive the sacraments, since they are seen as committing adultery.

"The Joy of Love" didn't create a church-wide pass for these Catholics, but suggested — in vague terms and strategically placed footnotes — that bishops and priests could do so on a case-by-case basis after accompanying them on a spiritual journey of discernment. Subsequent comments and writings have made clear he intended such wiggle room, part of his belief that God's mercy extends in particular to sinners and that the Eucharist isn't a prize for the perfect but nourishment for the weak.

Shaw said none of the four cardinals involved in the initial "dubbia" letter, nor any other cardinal, was involved in the "filial correction."

Organizers said the last time such a correction was issued was to Pope John XXII in 1333 for errors which he later recanted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  
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http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/09/22/playboy-unveils-halloween-costumes-inspired-by-classic-bunny.html
Playboy unveils Halloween costumes inspired by classic Bunny
By Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News
  
Playboy providing a big treat for fans this Halloween
Fox411: Playboy has partnered with Yandy.com to unveil an officially licensed collection of Halloween costumes inspired by the iconic Playboy Bunny

Playboy is looking to share plenty of treats for fans on Halloween.

In time for the spooky holiday, the men’s lifestyle magazine partnered with Yandy.com to unveil an officially licensed collection of costumes inspired by the iconic Playboy Bunny.

According to the women’s online retailer, this is the first time Playboy has collaborated in the development of Halloween costumes.


“Often imitated but never replicated, the Playboy Bunny costume is one of the most recognized costumes in the world,” wrote a Playboy rep to Fox News. “In partnership with Yandy, we brought the Bunny costume to Halloween for the first time in a fun mash-up of costumes and lingerie that bridge generations.”

In time for the spooky holiday, the men’s lifestyle magazine partnered with Yandy.com to unveil an officially licensed collection of costumes inspired by the iconic Playboy Bunny.

According to the women’s online retailer, this is the first time Playboy has collaborated in the development of Halloween costumes.


“Often imitated but never replicated, the Playboy Bunny costume is one of the most recognized costumes in the world,” wrote a Playboy rep to Fox News. “In partnership with Yandy, we brought the Bunny costume to Halloween for the first time in a fun mash-up of costumes and lingerie that bridge generations.”
  
   
The costumes pay tribute to the many eras that defined Playboy over the years, including founder Hugh Hefner’s signature smoking jacket, the ‘60s go-go dancer and the ‘90s lifeguard, made famous by Playboy cover girls Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra.

Hefner, 91, is known for hosting his annual star-studded Halloween bash at the Playboy Mansion. In fact, it was at his 2008 bash where he met his wife, 31-year-old pinup Crystal Harris, who was dressed as a French maid.
  
UK’s Express reported in 2013, the Playboy Bunny was born in 1960 when the first Playboy Club was opened. Waitresses wore a uniform called a “bunny suit" after the magazine’s logo. It featured a corset, bunny ears, a black bow tie, shirt cuffs and a fluffy cotton tail.

This isn’t the first time Playboy celebrated the past. Earlier this year, Hefner’s son, Cooper, asked his 54-year-old mother, model Kimberley Conrad, to be part of a photo shoot that would celebrate former Playmates from the ‘70s-‘90s for Mother’s Day.
  
   
The 26-year-old currently serves as Playboy’s chief creative officer. He recently appeared at the Playboy Club in London where he posed with Bunnies dressed in the classic suit.

The Playboy Collection by Yandy is currently available for preorder.
   
   
   
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