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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
South east France on alert for violent storms after torrential rain and hail hit Paris Five départements in south eastern France were on alert on Thursday morning for violent storms a day after the Paris region was hit by torrential rain and hail showers that left streets flooded.
French government vows to probe and punish any police racism The French government on Wednesday promised to punish any police racism and urged calm after thousands took to the streets in a tense rally to protest the death of a black man in police custody that echoed anger over the killing of George Floyd in the United States.
Cannes annnounces line-up for festival cancelled by Covid From an empty movie theater in Paris, organizers of the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday announced the films that would have played at there in May had it not been canceled by the pandemic.
France's virus-tracking app chalks up 600,000 downloads France's new phone app for tracking coronavirus cases and alerting people at risk of contagion was downloaded some 600,000 times in less than 24 hours since its launch, the country's digital affairs minister said Wednesday.
Covid-19: France records 81 new deaths as number of ICU cases continues to drop France's coronavirus death toll rose by 81 on Wednesday, or 0.3 percent, to reach 29,021, which is the fifth-highest death toll in the world.
As George Floyd outrage spreads, France confronts its own demons The global outrage triggered by George Floyd’s killing in the US has reignited a debate about policing in France’s ethnically diverse suburbs, where protesters say it is time the country wakes up to its own unspoken legacy of abuse and impunity.
French restaurant owner takes on insurance giant over lack of coronavirus payouts The owners of a small restaurant in France's Beaujolais wine region have sued the insurance giant Axa for refusing to cover losses they suffered during more than two months of enforced coronavirus lockdown.
Télétravail: Your rights and responsibilities if you work from home in France Adopted by many companies as a temporary measure during the lockdown, working from home now could become the norm for many - so what are your rights if you work from home in France?
French court agrees to transfer Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga to UN tribunal A French court on Wednesday ordered Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga be handed over to a United Nations tribunal for trial.
French police brutality in the spotlight as Adama Traoré death surfaces again Thousands of people defied a police protest ban on Tuesday to denounce the death of a young French black man who died in 2016 in police custody. They link the death of Adama Traoré to the killing of George Floyd in the US, but can the two cases be compared? Read More
French workers to get €38 restaurant vouchers Employees in French companies will see an increase of restaurant vouchers to a ceiling of €38 a day, in a bid to support the French hospitality sector.
French word of the day: Pourboire Don't be fooled by this expression, which - when used in a sentence - it can sound like someone is offering you a drink.
France delays its summer sales to help struggling retailers The summer sales in France are to start later in a bid to help out the struggling retail sector, still reeling from two months of lockdown.
French PM promises economic help for new businesses Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday that the government will launch a plan to help France’s newest businesses survive the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus health crisis.
20,000 rally in Paris for black man who died in police custody Thousands of people rallied in Paris and around France on Tuesday evening to demand justice for Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old man who died in police custody in 2016 under circumstances many protesters have likened to the death of George Floyd in the United States.
Préfectures in France reopen for appointments for residency permits Closed during the lockdown, préfectures in France are gradually reopening for appointments, including those for residency permits.
Who is Adama Traore and why are there protests across France in his name? More than 20,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Tuesday night while other protests took place around France calling for 'justice for Adama Traore' - but who is he and why the protests?
Clashes break out at Paris's banned George Floyd-inspired protest Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a black man in police custody, galvanised by US demonstrations against racism and deadly police violence.
Covid-19: France records more than 100 new deaths as country's lockdown eases France's Covid-19 death toll rose by more than 100 for the first time in 13 days on Tuesday, as the country enacts a new easing of lockdown measures.
Paris police chief defends forces against 'racism' claims The police chief of Paris defended his forces Tuesday against accusations of brutality and racism as anger over alleged police violence mounts in France as in the United States.
France denounces Ryanair 'blackmail' in employee pay-cut-or-redundancy ultimatum France on Tuesday denounced as "blackmail" an ultimatum from low-cost carrier Ryanair for its French employees to choose between a five-year pay cut or a number of redundancies in an escalating labour dispute.
‘A great moment’: French restaurants reopen after Covid-19 lockdown Diners packed a restaurant in Nantes, France, at midnight Tuesday as it became one of the first to reopen following the easing of lockdown measures that mean restaurants, bars and cafés can welcome customers for the first time in more than two months.
France slams Ryanair 'blackmail' over job ultimatum France on Tuesday denounced as "blackmail" an ultimatum from low-cost carrier Ryanair for its French employees to choose between a five-year pay cut or a number of redundancies in an escalating labour dispute.
Many French restaurants hesitate about reopening after Covid-19 Restaurants opened around France on Tuesday for the first time since shutting their doors due to the Covid-19 epidemic in March. But in one of the sectors hit hardest by the lockdown, many are unsure whether they are better off reopening at all. 
France rolls out Covid-19 tracing app amid privacy debate France is rolling out an official coronavirus contact-tracing app aimed at containing fresh outbreaks as lockdown restrictions gradually ease, becoming the first major European country to deploy the smartphone technology amid simmering debate over privacy fears.
‘Back where we belong’: Parisians bask in sun as cafés reopen after Covid-19 lockdown Carving out precious space along the pavement, the French capital’s cherished cafés finally opened their sun-soaked terraces to the public on Tuesday after almost three months on lockdown. But with stringent Covid-19 restrictions still in place, many establishments say they’re opening for the statement rather than the business. Read More

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