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Law bans French workers replying to emails from home

A new employment law has come into force in France, aimed at stopping employees from replying to emails, messages and calls outside of their working hours.

Already the new law has been branded the French Disconnection, as it requires companies with more than 50 employees to guarantee workers the "right to disconnect" when they leave the office at night.

The law - which came into effect from January 1 and has unclear enforcement provisions - makes it obligatory for firms to "start negotiations to define the rights of employees to ignore their smartphones".

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European cities on alert ahead of New Year celebrations

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New Year Eve security has been tightened across Europe as thousands of people prepare to celebrate the New Year.

In London, temporary security barriers were erected on the streets and 3,000 police officers will be on patrol during tonight's firework display along the Thames.

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About 600,000 people are expected to gather in Avenue des Champs-Elysees to watch the a fireworks in Paris.

Nearly 100,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers will be deployed across France.

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Less than two weeks after a Iorry drove into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 people, security has been ramped up across the German capital as thousands are expected to gather at the Brandenburg Gate for the New Year celebration.

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