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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 to keep ski lifts shut due to Covid-19, in blow to winter sports tourism
France to keep ski lifts shut due to Covid-19, in blow to winter sports tourism Ski lifts at resorts in France will stay closed at the start of February, the government said on Wednesday, essentially writing off this winter sports tourism season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
'Season a write-off': French ski lifts to stay closed, government announces Ski lifts in France will not open on February 1st and the whole of the winter sports season will likely be a write-off, the French government said on Wednesday.
French students protest over 'despair' of isolation Students protested across France on Wednesday over their conditions during Covid-19 restrictions, saying they were being pushed to the brink of despair by solitude and financial uncertainty.
OPINION: Eurostar is a vital service for both France and the UK and should be saved The news that Eurostar is in serious financial trouble has stirred strong interest on both sides of the Channel, here one British writer explains in a Twitter thread why the service is vital for both the UK and France.
French officials call to ban far-right group after Pyrénées anti-migrant stunt
French officials call to ban far-right group after Pyrénées anti-migrant stunt Several officials of France’s southern Occitanie region have denounced an anti-migrant demonstration conducted in the Pyrénées Mountains by the far-right Génération Identitaire, a group subject to frequent calls for bans.
EXPLAINED: How to get a visitor visa for France Whether you're just planning a long holiday or you want the freedom to spend extended periods in France, if you're coming from outside the EU you will need a visa. Here's how the French system works.
UPDATE: When will Americans be able to travel to France again? France has tightened its travel rules as the USA issued two rapidly contradictory updates on its own travel rules, so what's the situation for Americans wanting to travel to France?
'A friend of France': Who is the fluent French-speaker representing the United States on the world stage? As Joe Biden prepares to be inaugurated as US president, one member of his new team has stirred particular interest in France - Antony Blinken.
French health body says handmade masks less effective against new Covid variant
French health body says handmade masks less effective against new Covid variant Faced with the new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus, France's High Council of Public Health (HCSP) has implicitly advised against certain fabric masks that don't properly filter the virus that causes Covid-19. However, any moves against using fabric masks will be difficult to implement.
'No repentance nor apologies' for colonial abuses in Algeria, says Macron
'No repentance nor apologies' for colonial abuses in Algeria, says Macron French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for abuses in Algeria, his office said Wednesday, ahead of a major report on how France is facing up to its colonial past in the country. 
Macron: No apology for French abuses in Algeria French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for abuses in Algeria, his office said on Wednesday, ahead of a major report on how France is facing up to its colonial past in the country.
French expression of the day: Croqueuse de diamants Why munching on diamonds is a thing in France (not literally).
French bargain hunters brave coronavirus and curfews at winter sales
French bargain hunters brave coronavirus and curfews at winter sales The winter sales – what the French call "les soldes" – get underway on Wednesday, against a bleak economic backdrop caused by the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions on movement and claims of unfair competition between the commercial sectors.
Births, marriages and many deaths: Five things that happened to France's demographics in 2020 There were many deaths but despite the pandemic births and even the odd marriage continued - here's what happened to the population numbers in France in 2020.
Le bromance: 8 terms French guys use to express affection Famed as the language of love, French is also rich with friendly terms that men use between themselves. Here’s a few.
France's Macron says success in Sahel enables operational change
France's Macron says success in Sahel enables operational change President Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Tuesday to withdrawing some troops from Africa’s Sahel region, saying France could “adjust” its operations after successes against Islamist militants and the arrival of more European forces.
French ex-PM Balladur goes on trial over 'Karachi affair' kickback allegations
French ex-PM Balladur goes on trial over 'Karachi affair' kickback allegations Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur goes on trial Tuesday on charges that he used kickbacks from arms deals in the 1990s to fund a failed presidential run, a case known as the "Karachi affair".
Michelin bestows 2021 restaurant stars despite Covid-19 closures
Michelin bestows 2021 restaurant stars despite Covid-19 closures The Michelin Guide consecrated France's 30th three-star restaurant on Monday as it presented its awards for 2021 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, which has seen chefs forced to close their doors.
Disneyland Paris delays reopening to April 2 amid coronavirus pandemic
Disneyland Paris delays reopening to April 2 amid coronavirus pandemic Disneyland Paris said on Monday it was postponing its reopening by almost two months, to April 2, due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Behind the scenes as France's presidential palace gets a makeover
Behind the scenes as France's presidential palace gets a makeover The "salle des fêtes" of France's Élysée Palace is a place of power, pageantry and prestige. As well as press conferences and official dinners, it's here that the French president is sworn in. This ceremonial reception room has barely changed for more than a century and recently began to show signs Read More
Macron hails French Muslim council charter to combat extremism
Macron hails French Muslim council charter to combat extremism President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years.
France begins Covid-19 vaccination rollout for people over 75
France begins Covid-19 vaccination rollout for people over 75 France began a nationwide campaign to inoculate people over 75 on Monday as officials sought to ease concerns about deliveries of coronavirus vaccines.
France may require rapid Covid-19 tests from Irish truck drivers arriving via sea, not UK
France may require rapid Covid-19 tests from Irish truck drivers arriving via sea, not UK France is considering requiring rapid COVID-19 tests from Irish truck drivers operating on a logistics route that has become key since Britain's exit from the European Union, Ireland's transport minister said on Sunday.
France launches public consultation on legalising cannabis
France launches public consultation on legalising cannabis France is Europe’s biggest cannabis consumer, despite having some of the continent’s toughest laws against the drug. In response to this failure of the law to act as a deterrent, a group of MPs from across the political spectrum have launched an initiative to shift the terms of the debate Read More
French incest affair sparks 'hundreds' of #Metooinceste testimonies on Twitter
French incest affair sparks 'hundreds' of #Metooinceste testimonies on Twitter In the wake of the Olivier Duhamel affair, when a high-profile French political scientist was accused of sexually abusing his stepson, a #Metooinceste hashtag sparked "hundreds" of testimonies on Twitter on Saturday, according to French feminist movement #Noustoutes.
France says Iran is building nuclear weapon capacity, urgent to revive agreement
France says Iran is building nuclear weapon capacity, urgent to revive agreement Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France's foreign minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday.

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