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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.
France rejects British idea of joint border controls amid Channel migrant crisis
France rejects British idea of joint border controls amid Channel migrant crisis French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his British counterpart Boris Johnson that the UK held "a large part of the solution" to the Channel migrant crisis and rejected the idea of joint border patrols, according to letter seen by AFP on Thursday.
French chef Éric Pras whips up a storm for a festive Michelin-starred meal
French chef Éric Pras whips up a storm for a festive Michelin-starred meal As Christmas approaches, French chef Éric Pras opens up his kitchens to make a special festive meal. As he prepares the main dish, the Michelin-starred chef reveals his secrets. From rural Burgundy to the Gers region, he then takes us to discover the exceptional produce he uses for his creations, from free-range Read More
Podcast: Green hydrogen, sperm shortages and France's other revolution
Podcast: Green hydrogen, sperm shortages and France's other revolution A visit to the world's first green hydrogen production plant, in western France. Major delays in IVF for all women, months after legalisation. And the Canut revolt of 1831 – the first workers' protests of the industrial revolution.
A big fuss over a little word? New French pronoun 'iel' sparks debate
A big fuss over a little word? New French pronoun 'iel' sparks debate France's prominent Le Petit Robert dictionary, considered a linguistic authority in the country, recently added a new pronoun to its online edition. The word is "iel", a gender-neutral merging of the masculine "il" (he) and the feminine "elle" (she). This new pronoun, intended for those who identify as neither male nor female, is already used Read More
French conservatives pick shortlisted candidates
French conservatives pick shortlisted candidates In a shock result, Eric Ciotti and Valerie Pecresse came out on top in the first round of voting in primaries for the centre-right Les Républicains party. After another vote, one of them will go on to challenge Macron at the 2022 presidential election.
French conservatives choose final two in presidential nomination race
French conservatives choose final two in presidential nomination race Valerie Pecresse, a veteran politician who served as minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, will go into a runoff as favourite to be picked as the centre-right Les Republicains' candidate in the French presidential election in April.
Should I cancel my trip between France and the UK this Christmas?
Should I cancel my trip between France and the UK this Christmas? After spending last Christmas under full or partial lockdown, many people have booked trips to spend the festive season with loved-ones this year, but with both France and the UK tightening travel restrictions, would it be wise to cancel? We weigh up the risks.
French conservatives choose final two in presidential nomination race
French conservatives choose final two in presidential nomination race France’s conservative Les Républicains (LR) whittled down its five presidential candidates to two on Thursday in the first round of the party primary, with right-wing southern MP Eric Ciotti and head of the Paris region Valérie Pécresse progressing to a run-off.
Pope Francis accepts Paris archbishop’s resignation over ‘ambiguous’ relationship with woman
Pope Francis accepts Paris archbishop’s resignation over ‘ambiguous’ relationship with woman Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris after he admitted to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012.
Franco-Austrian Covid jab under EU review
Franco-Austrian Covid jab under EU review A Covid-19 vaccine developed by Franco-Austrian biotech company Valneva is being assessed by the European Medicines Agency with a view to roll it out. The EU has already ordered close to 60 million doses.
Paris attacks accused suspends boycott to hear about himself
Paris attacks accused suspends boycott to hear about himself Wednesday, the 52nd day of the trial of 20 men suspected of involvement in the November 2015 Paris massacres, was devoted to Belgian police evidence, relaid by videolink from the office of the Attorney General in Brussels. Four of the accused continued to boycott proceedings. Sofien Ayari returned to the Read More
Germany cracks down on unvaccinated as Omicron concerns spread
Germany cracks down on unvaccinated as Omicron concerns spread Germany on Thursday announced a Covid lockdown for the unvaccinated, as the UK reported its highest number of Covid cases since July, and Norway announced new measures in the Oslo area after a suspected cluster of Omicron cases emerged among dozens of vaccinated people linked to a company Christmas party. Read More
French experts warn of 'no miracle solution' as Omicron strain arrives in Paris
French experts warn of 'no miracle solution' as Omicron strain arrives in Paris As the first case of Covid-19's Omicron mutation is reported in France, the president of France's scientific council that advises the government has said there is no "miracle solution" to fend of the fifth coronavirus wave.
Fishing row 'not over' despite Guernsey granting 40 EU trawler licences
Fishing row 'not over' despite Guernsey granting 40 EU trawler licences Guernsey issued fishing licences to 40 European Union boats in the latest move over post-Brexit fishing crisis that has seen Paris and London at loggerheads. French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin said that while progress had been made with Guernsey, "the fight is not over".
France’s right-wing Les Républicains hold first round of presidential primary
France’s right-wing Les Républicains hold first round of presidential primary Members of France’s main right-wing Republicans party began voting on Wednesday to choose their candidate for next year’s election, with the contest seen as wide open after a campaign focused on immigration and security.
France's EU captaincy brings fears for future, but hopes of stronger solidarity
France's EU captaincy brings fears for future, but hopes of stronger solidarity One month before France takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union, an opinion poll published Wednesday revealed that while French people aren't sure if the EU has what it takes to meet future challenges, they expect to see more political solidarity over the next six months.
As Covid cases soar among France's children, experts baffled by relaxed school protocol
As Covid cases soar among France's children, experts baffled by relaxed school protocol The fifth wave of Covid-19 infections has swept through France, leaving no corner untouched. French authorities are setting down new pandemic measures like sandbags to stem the tide – expediting booster shots, tightening the health pass and widening mask mandates. But one paradox stands out: While cases are higher than ever and rising Read More
France sends police reinforcements to Martinique to quell Covid unrest
France sends police reinforcements to Martinique to quell Covid unrest Police reinforcements arrived in the French Caribbean territory of Martinique on Tuesday to restore order after unrest that erupted over COVID-19 measures, in particular the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers, a government minister said.
Celebrating an extraordinary life: What is Josephine Baker's legacy?
Celebrating an extraordinary life: What is Josephine Baker's legacy? We bring you a special edition of The Debate on Josephine Baker's induction into the Panthéon in Paris. The Missouri-born dancer, who was also a spy for the French during the Second World War and a civil rights activist, is being honoured in the final resting place of France's most celebrated Read More

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