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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
French MPs vote on road map for restoring Notre-Dame Three months after fire destroyed the roof and spire of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, French MPs were set Tuesday to approve controversial proposals on how to go about rebuilding the famous church.
French minister resigns over luxury dinners, complains of media lynching A French cabinet minister resigned Tuesday after media reports accused him of extravagant spending, including on luxury dinners. He, however, says he is the victim of a "media lynching".
European Parliament to vote on von der Leyen as EU Commission president The European Parlaiment's 751 MEPs in Strasbourg today are to vote on whether Ursula von der Leyen, will become the next President of the EU commission.
BREAKING: French minister quits over luxury lobster and fine wine dinners The French minister at the centre of a scandal over the dinners he hosted with giant lobsters and €500-a-bottle wines has quit blaming a "media lynching".
French minister François de Rugy resigns over spending scandal French Environment Minister François de Rugy, at the centre of a controversy over lavish spending, announced his resignation on Tuesday but lashed out at what he claimed was a “media lynching”.
Migrant rescued swimming from France to Britain with rubber ring and flippers A migrant attempting to swim to Britain from France with flippers and a rubber ring was rescued Tuesday in a state of "mild hypothermia" in the Channel, the French coast guard said in a statement.
Tati owners to close all French stores except one The famous Tati brand name will soon only be displayed from one store - Barbès in Paris - as the owners plan to close 13 shops around France and repurpose dozens of others.
French Expression of the Day: j'en peux plus At the end of your tether with someone or something? We have just the phrase for you . . .
EU's likely next boss 'ready' to back another Brexit delay if needed European Commission president nominee Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday she would support delaying Britain's exit from the EU beyond an October 31 deadline if necessary.
Why is the cost of pork and petrol rising so sharply in France? In bad news for drivers who also like the occasional sausage, steep price rises have been revealed for both pork products and fuel in France.
Wildfires in south of France forces 2500 holiday makers to evacuate Local authorities in southern France have evacuated thousands of campers from a hugely popular camping area after high winds increased the risk from forest fires raging nearby.
French researchers will harness power of AI to improve kidney transplant procedure A team of French researchers led by Professor Laurent Mesnarde, is looking to harness the potential of artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to improve the quality and life span of kidney transplants.
Macron pledges to relaunch Serbia-Kosovo dialogue French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday vowed to help restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo during an official visit to Belgrade. Relations between the former war foes have soured in recent months and Macron has pledged to invite delegations from both countries to Paris along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel "to ...
When is 5G coming to France and what does it mean for you? France's telecoms regulator has officially launched the process to allocate operators frequencies for next-generation 5G mobile telephone networks. But what does the arrival of 5G mean, especially for people in the 'white zones' of poor or non-existent coverage?
Thousands of campers evacuated in southern France due to forest fires Local authorities in southern France evacuated thousands of campers from a hugely popular camping area after high winds increased the risk from forest fires raging nearby.
French “Transporter” director Luc Besson seeking US dollars to rescue studio French producer-director Luc Besson is looking to a United States investment fund to help save his ailing EuropaCorp studio, confirming media reports that he was looking for an investor to take a major stake in the movie-making venture.
France's Alaphilippe extends Tour lead as Aert wins stage 10 Dutch rookie Wout van Aert won stage 10 of the Tour de France Monday as Julian Alaphilippe extended his overall lead after a blistering late charge split the peloton.
Three children, woman killed in France train-car crash A woman and three children were killed Monday when a train smashed into their car at a level crossing in eastern France.
Luxury land grab? Monaco’s offshore urban expansion A vast construction project is under way in the principality of Monaco that will see six hectares (15 acres) of land reclaimed from the Mediterranean on which to build hundreds of new luxury homes. But environmental campaigners say the disruption to the seabed could spell disaster for local wildlife.
Why six out of 10 French people can't afford to go on holiday this summer Six out of 10 French people have said they have had to forgo having a holiday, according to a new survey.
Franco-Iranian academic arrested in Iran Iran has detained Franco-Iranian dual national Fariba Adelkhah and has yet to provide “satisfactory information” on her status, France’s foreign ministry said Monday.
These are the 29 stationery items your child will need for school in France Schools have only just broken up, but already the French government is eyeing up the new school year, with the publication of a list of stationery items children will need for September.
Mayor demands ban on demos on Champs-Elysees after July 14 violence Violence on the French capital’s emblematic Champs-Elysees Avenue throughout the national holiday on Sunday has prompted the mayor of the surrounding district to call for a new ban on demonstrations there.
Paris demands answers after Franco-Iranian academic arrested in Iran Fariba Adelkhah, an academic with dual French and Iranian nationality from Paris’s prestigious Sciences Po university, has been arrested in Iran and denied contact with French consular staff, France's foreign ministry said Monday.
Neymar finally shows up for PSG training - a week late Neymar showed up Monday for training at Paris Saint-Germain, a week late and just days after upsetting the club by saying his best football memory was beating PSG when he played for Barcelona.
Police link bones discovery to French backpacker who disappeared in Australia Human bones found on the Australian coast last month are believed to be those of a French backpacker who went missing near a surf beach in February, police said Monday.
French inventor soars above Champs-Élysées on flyboard at Paris parade A French inventor and entrepreneur on Sunday soared above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine engine-powered flyboard in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders.
France to showcase European defence cooperation at Bastille Day parade French President Emmanuel Macron aims to showcase Europe's defence capabilities by putting European military cooperation at the heart of Sunday’s traditional Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions with the United States.
Famed Paris brasserie ransacked by 'Yellow Vests' reopens Fouquet’s, the celebrated restaurant on Paris’s most famous thoroughfare, reopens on Sunday after being torched four months ago by Yellow Vest protesters.

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