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

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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
Annie Ernaux’s Nobel prize celebrates a uniquely resonant voice in French literature
Annie Ernaux’s Nobel prize celebrates a uniquely resonant voice in French literature Annie Ernaux became the first French woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday, in recognition of the “courage and clinical acuity” with which she has mined her personal experiences as a woman of working-class background to explore life in France since World War II. 
France bans overnight illuminated advertising in energy-saving drive
France bans overnight illuminated advertising in energy-saving drive The lights will go out on illuminated advertising in towns and cities across France between 1am and 6am from today, as the French government lays out plans for the country to cut its energy use and make it through winter without Russian gas.
French Expression of the Day: Je baisse, j'éteins, je décale
French Expression of the Day: Je baisse, j'éteins, je décale If you live in France, you're likely to start hearing this expression more and more.
All the ways France's 'energy sobriety' plan could impact your life
All the ways France's 'energy sobriety' plan could impact your life On Thursday, French government officials announced the country's winter energy-saving plan - from 'sweater Fridays' to street lighting, central heating to travel, here's how the plans are likely to affect your daily life.
Fuel refinery strike that has seen French petrol stations run dry 'will continue'
Fuel refinery strike that has seen French petrol stations run dry 'will continue' A strike at refineries that has seen filling stations across France run dry will continue "for the duration", unions have declared.
Macron's 3 big battles in France this autumn
Macron's 3 big battles in France this autumn The French parliament is back and (at least) three big battles are looming - we take a look at the political clashes to come, and why they could spread onto the streets.
How you to save money travelling by train in France
How you to save money travelling by train in France Travelling by train is one of the best ways to see France, as well as being better for the planet than flying or driving. However, train tickets don't always come cheap - here is a current list of the railcards and offers that can cut the cost.
France is a friend, UK PM Liz Truss admits after 'jury's out' campaign claim
France is a friend, UK PM Liz Truss admits after 'jury's out' campaign claim Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss has moved to mend fences with France, weeks after saying that the "jury's out" on whether President Emmanuel Macron was a "friend or foe" to Britain.
La Belle Vie: Bisous, beaches and France's regional languages
La Belle Vie: Bisous, beaches and France's regional languages From the best French Netflix series to cheek kisses and France's most beautiful beaches, our weekly newsletter La Belle Vie offers you an essential starting point for eating, talking, drinking and living like a French person.
France is a friend, says UK’s Truss in a bid to turn page on bilateral strains
France is a friend, says UK’s Truss in a bid to turn page on bilateral strains French President Emmanuel Macron is a friend of Britain, Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Thursday, having declared earlier this year while campaigning to become leader that the jury was out on whether he was a friend or foe. 
France to contribute officers to World Cup security in Qatar amid calls for boycott
France to contribute officers to World Cup security in Qatar amid calls for boycott France’s decision to send officers to Qatar to help with security for the looming football World Cup has raised eyebrows amid widespread calls to boycott the event over human rights abuses. The deployment of an international force – with security from the US, the UK, Turkey and beyond – also Read More
France rolls out energy saving plan to avoid winter power cuts
France rolls out energy saving plan to avoid winter power cuts France’s Minister for Energy Transition, Agnés Pannier-Runacher, on Thursday unveiled the country’s energy saving plan - warning there was "an urgent need" for action in a fight that would carry on well beyond the winter.
Elbows in: An essential guide to French café terrace etiquette
Elbows in: An essential guide to French café terrace etiquette Eating or drinking on the terrace of a café is one of the best of all French pleasures - but there are some unwritten rules.
France unveils plans for avoiding winter power cuts due to Ukraine war
France unveils plans for avoiding winter power cuts due to Ukraine war The French government announced a package of measures on Thursday aimed at curtailing energy consumption nationwide to avoid possible power cuts or energy shortages as Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupts gas supplies to western Europe. 
La bise: Who to kiss in France, how many times and on which cheek
La bise: Who to kiss in France, how many times and on which cheek French academic Mathieu Avanzi explains the complicated rules and traditions behind France's kissing tradition that leaves many foreigners baffled.
Podcast: pregnant in parliament, opera in Paris' streets, Wallace fountains
Podcast: pregnant in parliament, opera in Paris' streets, Wallace fountains As the French National Assembly gets younger and more female, some lawmakers say it's time MPs on maternity leave were replaced. Opera singers bring love, tragedy and dialogue to French city streets with free concerts in unexpected places. And the man behind Paris' Wallace fountains, which turn 150 this year. Read More
Iran airs 'staged' confession video of French couple accused of spying
Iran airs 'staged' confession video of French couple accused of spying Iranian state television aired a video on Thursday in which two French citizens detained for "spying" in May are shown "confessing" to acting on behalf of a French security service. The video, which France's foreign ministry denounced as both "shameful" and "staged", was broadcast amid weeks of protest in Iran that authorities have Read More
One in ten French petrol stations running low as refinery strike continues
One in ten French petrol stations running low as refinery strike continues More than one petrol station in ten was out of all or part of its fuel in France on Thursday, as workers at TotalEnergies continued their strike at the oil giant's refineries.
French novelist, memoirist Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Prize for Literature
French novelist, memoirist Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Prize for Literature French author Annie Ernaux won the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory", the award-giving body said on Thursday.
France set to cut hot water in public buildings to save energy
France set to cut hot water in public buildings to save energy France will turn off the hot water in the restrooms of public buildings and order municipalities to reduce water temperatures at public swimming pools by 1 degree Celsius as part of broader plans to reduce energy consumption, the energy ministry said.
French actresses cut their hair in solidarity with Iranian women
French actresses cut their hair in solidarity with Iranian women A week after Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi urged artists to show support for protesters in Iran, French actress Juliette Binoche posted a video of herself and over 50 other French performers cutting off pieces of their hair in solidarity. Film critic Lisa Nesselson reminds us that French producers and distributors Read More
Five years on, some French feminists wonder if #MeToo has gone too far
Five years on, some French feminists wonder if #MeToo has gone too far Five years after the #MeToo hashtag went viral, an abuse scandal that led to the resignation of leftist Green politician Julien Bayou has left some feminists wondering if the campaign has gone too far in France. 
French actresses cut hair in solidarity with protesting Iranian women
French actresses cut hair in solidarity with protesting Iranian women Leading French actresses including Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert have cut locks of hair in public displays of protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian woman who died in police custody, and in solidarity with protesting Iranian women.
French cities ditch World Cup festivities to protest Qatar’s record on human rights, environment
French cities ditch World Cup festivities to protest Qatar’s record on human rights, environment With a little over a month left until the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar, a string of French cities – including Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Marseille – have announced they are boycotting the tournament and will not set up the customary fan zones with giant TV screens to Read More
Macron’s top adviser under formal investigation for conflict of interest
Macron’s top adviser under formal investigation for conflict of interest French President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff, Alexis Kohler, has been put under formal investigation over a potential conflict of interest related to his links to an Italian-Swiss shipping company, France’s chief financial crimes prosecutor said Monday.
A taste of summer on France's Belle-Île-en-Mer
A taste of summer on France's Belle-Île-en-Mer Off the coast of the French region of Brittany is a picturesque island for all those who want to disconnect. A 45-minute ferry ride separates the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer from the mainland, making it a world apart that attracts 100,000 visitors a year. Tourists also appreciate Belle-île's food, especially its fish. We take Read More

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