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French winegrowers hit by rare frost brace for bleak harvestFirst came US taxes on French wines, then the pandemic and the dumping of gallons of unsold wine and champagne as France shutdown and alcohol consumption plummeted. Now winemakers and fruit growers are facing one of their bleakest harvests after a three-day agricultural disaster blanketed crops in frost. Though the Read More
French patients with 'long Covid' face uphill battle to recoveryJennifer and Matthieu, sufferers of 'long Covid', have a lot in common. They're both in their mid-thirties, caught Covid-19 in March 2020, and suffered mild flu-like symptoms at the time. They have both seen their lives turned upside down as they've since struggled with long-term symptoms, including difficulty breathing, trouble concentrating and chest Read More
Macron's ex-bodyguard to be tried for assault in FranceFrench President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla has been ordered to stand trial for assault, AFP learned Tuesday, three years after he was caught on camera hitting protesters while working for the presidency.
Police fine dozens at clandestine restaurants flouting Covid lockdownParis police said they fined more than 100 diners at a clandestine restaurant flouting coronavirus restrictions last weekend. They arrested the event organiser. A further 62 participants were arrested having lunch at another illegal eatery in the up-market Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen.
Treasures of the volcanoes: France's Auvergne mountainsLocated in central France, the Regional Natural Park of the Auvergne, with its 400,000 hectares, is the largest volcanic ensemble in Europe. In July 2018, UNESCO listed the Chaîne des Puys mountains range as a world heritage site. Since then, a whole population has been striving to preserve this priceless heritage. We Read More
French residents 55 and over now eligible for Covid-19 vaccinesFrench nationals and residents 55 and above will have access to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines starting Monday, French Health Minister Olivier Véran said over the weekend. France is also prolonging the period between the first and second shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Read More
Access to euthanasia: A French impasse?This week we're putting the focus on a delicate issue: euthanasia. The right to die has yet to be legalised here in France, despite a majority of citizens supporting the move. But a year away from the next presidential poll, MPs are now piling the pressure on Emmanuel Macron to bring about a Read More