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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.
Masks to become compulsory in some streets of Paris and suburbs from Monday Wearing a mask will become compulsory in certain streets in Paris and its surrounding suburbs from 8am on Monday.
MAP: Where in France is it compulsory to wear a mask in the street? Across France, it is now compulsory to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces, at risk of a €135 fine But many local authorities have gone further and made it compulsory to wear masks on the street as well. Here is the latest roundup.
Paris confirms face masks outdoors as France fights Covid-19
Paris confirms face masks outdoors as France fights Covid-19 As expected, face masks will become compulsory in France’s capital in outdoor crowded zones from Monday morning. The measure will also apply to Paris’ surburban zones. Children under 11 will be exempted from the new rules.
Sweltering France posts traffic jam record France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres during the country's heatwave.
EXPLAINED: Which countries are quarantining travellers from France? With the announcements of new quarantines in Europe and fears of extra measures in the UK, anyone travelling from France could face restrictions in a number of countries. Here's a look at the latest situation.
Paris broils as nine departments face red alert heatwave conditions
Paris broils as nine departments face red alert heatwave conditions The French capital and nine north-central departments have been placed on the highest level of heatwave alert, with 53 other local government areas from the Pyrenees to the Belgian border warned that they face orange alert conditions.
UK calls on France to intercept migrants crossing Channel as numbers rise
UK calls on France to intercept migrants crossing Channel as numbers rise British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday described the volume of migrants crossing the Channel as "appalling and unacceptably high" and called on France to help keep numbers down.
The French word that can mean a drink, a punch, a helping hand and much more beside If you're listening to everyday French chat there is one four-letter word that pops up repeatedly, in a bewildering array of different meanings.
French constitutional body throws out security law on terrorist prisoners
French constitutional body throws out security law on terrorist prisoners The legislation, passed by the French parliament earlier this summer, includes special parole conditions and electronic tracking for those who have served prison terms for terrorist offences. The Constitutional Council has decided that it is unfair to discriminate against any former detainee who has served a full sentence, whatever the original Read More
France offers aid as Mauritius declares emergency over oil leak from grounded ship
France offers aid as Mauritius declares emergency over oil leak from grounded ship French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Saturday to send teams and equipment to help Mauritius deal with an oil spill that environmentalists fear could be a major ecological disaster.
INTERVIEW: What's really behind the rising coronavirus rates in France? After months of steady decrease, France’s coronavirus rates are on the rise. We asked the Director of the Geneva Institute, which monitors the pandemic across the world, about how worried we should be about the rise.
Paris and parts of northern France on 'red' weather warning as country sizzles Nine French départements, including Paris and the surrounding region, have been placed on the highest level of weather warning as the heatwave continues.
EU urges governments to scrap travel restrictions for couples The EU Commission has called on governments to allow couples separated by coronavirus travel restrictions to reunite, following five months of separation for many in cross-border relationships.
Brexit confusion: French authorities tell British citizen his right to residency is about to expire A British national living in France has been told by his local social security office that his permission to reside in France is about to expire, in a case that highlights the confusion around the post-Brexit status of UK citizens.
IN NUMBERS: How worried should we be about the rise of Covid-19 cases in France? The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in France is rising by 30 percent a week, so exactly how worried do we need to be about this? And are we heading back to lockdown?
Paris to make face masks compulsory in open-air public spaces
Paris to make face masks compulsory in open-air public spaces Following many of France’s regional cities where local authorities have implemented specific Covid-19 sanitary restrictions, Paris is set to make face masks compulsory in certain public open-air spaces like parks, street markets and the banks of the river Seine.
Police capture gunman and free hostages in French bank hold-up
Police capture gunman and free hostages in French bank hold-up A gunman with psychiatric problems took six people hostage at a bank in Le Havre, northern France, before giving himself up to the police. No one was injured in the incident. While the gunman’s motives remain unclear, police sources say he just ‘wanted to be talked about’.
Gunman surrenders after seizing hostages in a bank in French port city of Le Havre
Gunman surrenders after seizing hostages in a bank in French port city of Le Havre An armed man who took six people hostage in a bank in Le Havre, northern France, surrendered to police on Thursday after releasing his captives, a Reuters witness and police union official said.
Performance artist fined for nude stroll through Lourdes pilgrimage site
Performance artist fined for nude stroll through Lourdes pilgrimage site Franco-luxembourgeois performance artist Deborah de Robertis was fined 2000 euros by a court in the south western French town of Tarbes on Thursday, with a further 1000 euros suspended, for walking naked through the Grotto of the Apparitions in Lourdes in 2018.

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