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Both Macron and Le Pen suffer in local vote

French centre-right party Les Republicans did better than the liberal La République En Marche! party of president Emmanuel Macron or the far-right Rassemblement National of Marine Le Pen in local elections Sunday, exit polls indicated. Le Pen's candidate did come top in Marseille, but will need a run-off to secure office. "Our voters didn't turn out," Le Pen said, after just 34 percent of French people overall bothered to vote.

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EU to announce new mandatory rules on child sexual content

The European Commission is set to propose new legislation requiring companies to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse content. The rules come amid other moves by the EU's police agency Europol to develop AI targeting encryption.

WHO warns mandatory vaccination 'absolute last resort'

Mandatory vaccination has become a hot topic in the EU, but the European branch of the World Health Organization has warned that it should be "an absolute last resort". Children, meanwhile, account for the highest infection-rates across the continent.

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