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THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE
THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE

Latest News and Information

The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
France extends mandatory Covid tests for travellers arriving from China
France extends mandatory Covid tests for travellers arriving from China France says it has extended until 15 February Covid tests for travellers arriving from China due to what has been called an "evolving situation."
France extends Covid tests for travellers from China
France extends Covid tests for travellers from China France on Saturday said it had extended until February 15th Covid tests for travellers arriving from China due to the "evolving situation".
Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty
Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.
PODCAST: France’s ‘alarming’ sexism problem, property taxes and what next for pension strikes
PODCAST: France’s ‘alarming’ sexism problem, property taxes and what next for pension strikes The Talking France podcast is back with a new episode that ranges from pension strikes and property taxes to comic books, film stars and what to order in French restaurants.
Nine of our favourite French words and expressions of the day
Nine of our favourite French words and expressions of the day From 'Monsieur Dupont' to a 'Flasher', via an unsavoury metaphor involving flies and a word for meat-lovers, here's a roundup of some of our favourite French words and expressions of the day.
Inside France: Blood sausages, union divisions and 'the French'
Inside France: Blood sausages, union divisions and 'the French' From emerging splits in the opposition movement to France's planned pension reform to debate about whether 'the French' is a demeaning label (plus an unfortunate moment with a blood sausage), our weekly newsletter Inside France looks at what we have been talking about in France this week.
French foreign minister Colonna says those who ordered Ukraine invasion will be hauled before ICC
French foreign minister Colonna says those who ordered Ukraine invasion will be hauled before ICC French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna  has reaffirmed Paris' support for the Ukrainian people in the ongoing war. In a visit to Ukraine Friday (27 January) she gave an exclusive interview to RFI, in which she accused Russia of “violating all its commitments" .
‘Robin Hood’ energy strikers give free power to French schools, hospitals, low-income homes
‘Robin Hood’ energy strikers give free power to French schools, hospitals, low-income homes Amid national strikes in the energy sector, some workers in France have found a novel way to protest. On Thursday, "Robin Hood" operations – unauthorised by the government – provided free gas and electricity to schools, universities, and low-income households throughout the country.
Rugby tickets, coffee and stickers - French presidential candidates chastised over expenses claims
Rugby tickets, coffee and stickers - French presidential candidates chastised over expenses claims From coffee runs to rugby tickets and professional photos - France's election financing body has revealed some of the items it has refused to reimburse from the 2022 presidential race.
'Drunks, drug-dealers and pickpockets' - French police crackdown at Paris Gare du Nord
'Drunks, drug-dealers and pickpockets' - French police crackdown at Paris Gare du Nord Police in the capital are planning a massive operation to clean up Paris' chaotic and grotty Gare du Nord station - described by the local police commander as "full of drunks, crack dealers and pickpockets".
France to probe microplastic pellet pollution on Atlantic beaches
France to probe microplastic pellet pollution on Atlantic beaches French prosecutors said on Friday they would investigate the appearance of vast quantities of tiny toxic plastic pellets along the Atlantic coast that endanger marine life and the human food chain.
Five things to know about renting out your French property
Five things to know about renting out your French property Many people who buy a second home in France hope that as well as it being a pleasant bolthole, they will also generate some rental income. But it's a bit more complicated that just posting an advert and waiting for the money to roll in.
France launches ski safety campaign after rising number of accidents
France launches ski safety campaign after rising number of accidents Injuries and even deaths while skiing in France have seen a sharp rise in recent years - leading the French government to create a new ski safety campaign.
A forgotten crime: Remembering the 1943 Marseille roundup
A forgotten crime: Remembering the 1943 Marseille roundup In this edition on Holocaust Memorial Day, we discover a little-known chapter of French history. In 1943, the Germans had occupied the southern French port city of Marseille. With its working class, immigrant and Jewish neighbourhoods around the Old Port, the city had come to represent everything that Hitler and Read More
French rugby chief Bernard Laporte resigns after corruption conviction
French rugby chief Bernard Laporte resigns after corruption conviction Bernard Laporte on Friday resigned his role as president of France's rugby union federation after being convicted of corruption, the sports minister said. 
Cost of natural disasters in France soars to highest in 23 years
Cost of natural disasters in France soars to highest in 23 years Natural disasters caused €10 billion of losses in 2022 as such events became more frequent and more intense, the head of the federation of French insurance companies said on Thursday.
Podcast: Pension reform fury, employment after 55, Paris Peace Accords
Podcast: Pension reform fury, employment after 55, Paris Peace Accords A majority of French people disapprove of the government proposal to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64-years-old. Women could come off worse than men, and it will involve addressing senior employment, which France does not do particularly well. And how the Paris Peace Accords, marking a temporary end to Read More
France's foreign minister visits Odesa to show support for Ukraine
France's foreign minister visits Odesa to show support for Ukraine The French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, visited Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odesa on Thursday to discuss how France can help Ukraine as it fights Russia's attack on its independence – though she did not say there were plans to send French-made tanks.
French docks, oil refineries, power stations hit by wave of pension protests
French docks, oil refineries, power stations hit by wave of pension protests The national strike to protest pension reform got back under way in France on Thursday, with the CGT trade union calling on port and power workers, as well as those in the refinery and petrol distribution sector, to down tools in opposition to government plans to abolish special pension deals Read More
Surge in number of dolphin deaths sparks call for halt to Atlantic fishing
Surge in number of dolphin deaths sparks call for halt to Atlantic fishing Biologists and animal rights activists have called for a temporary halt to fishing off the French Atlantic coast as hundreds of fatally injured dolphins wash up on the nation's beaches.
French politicians and generals weigh up plans to send Leclerc tanks to Ukraine
French politicians and generals weigh up plans to send Leclerc tanks to Ukraine Top French politicians and military chiefs were on Wednesday night thrashing out proposals over whether to send the country's Leclerc tanks to Ukraine.
 
France struggles to defuse claims that pension reform will penalise women
France struggles to defuse claims that pension reform will penalise women French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has been noisily heckled by the opposition benches as she attempted to assure the house that there was no question women would be penalised more than men under the government's already controversial proposals for pension reform.
France 'won't rule out' using army to reinforce security at Paris Olympics
France 'won't rule out' using army to reinforce security at Paris Olympics French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he could not exclude bringing in the army to ensure security at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Paris 2024 Olympic security bill could enable use of surveillance using artificial intelligence
Paris 2024 Olympic security bill could enable use of surveillance using artificial intelligence The NGO Amnesty International France and some left-wing politicians have expressed concern over the Olympic security bill being debated in the French Senate this week. The text would legalise the use of surveillance based on artificial intelligence systems for the first time, measures that could reach beyond the scope of the Games. Read More
French bank promises huge cut in funding for oil producers by 2030
French bank promises huge cut in funding for oil producers by 2030 French bank BNP Paribas said Tuesday it plans to cut its financing of oil extraction and production by 80 percent by 2030. The announcement follows a threat by three activist groups to sue the bank for continuing to finance oil and gas projects.
France rolls out five-year 'anti-drought' plan to save water
France rolls out five-year 'anti-drought' plan to save water France has announced what it calls a “daily sobriety plan” to slash water consumption following a severe drought last summer that parched most of the country. 

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