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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.
French president Macron anoints Elisabeth Borne as prime minister
French president Macron anoints Elisabeth Borne as prime minister President Emmanuel Macron on Monday selected Elisabeth Borne as the first prime minister of his second term in office. The 61-year-old replaces Jean Castex and becomes the first woman to hold the post since Edith Cresson's 11-month reign between 1991 and 1992.
Who is France's new Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne?
Who is France's new Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne? French President Emmanuel Macron picked Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne as his new prime minister on Monday as he prepares for legislative elections in June — only the second time in 30 years that a woman has got the job.
Elisabeth Borne named France's new prime minister
Elisabeth Borne named France's new prime minister Élisabeth Borne has been named as France’s new prime minister, making her the second woman to hold the position in French history, the presidential palace has confirmed.
What does a French Prime Minister actually do?
What does a French Prime Minister actually do? In many countries the Prime Minister is the ruler, but France has a system where the PM plays a different - but still important - role.
Are these the 10 best swimming pool in Paris?
Are these the 10 best swimming pool in Paris? Where is the best public swimming pool in Paris? Well a new book may have the answer. If you are keen swimmer then read on.
France’s new PM Elisabeth Borne dedicates nomination ‘to all little girls’
France’s new PM Elisabeth Borne dedicates nomination ‘to all little girls’ France's President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne as the country's new prime minister, the first woman to hold the position in three decades, after Prime Minister Jean Castex submitted his resignation Monday, setting the stage for a cabinet reshuffle as Macron embarks on his second term. Follow FRANCE 24's live Read More
EXPLAINED: Why it just became a little easier to be self-employed in France
EXPLAINED: Why it just became a little easier to be self-employed in France Life might be a bit easier for self-employed workers in France now that a new law has gone into effect. Here are the details.
EXPLAINED: Who could save money if France scraps TV licences?
EXPLAINED: Who could save money if France scraps TV licences? The government is set to scrap the TV licence fee, so here's what the licence is and who stands to save a few euros if it is cancelled.
What to expect as France braces for three-day 'heat dome'
What to expect as France braces for three-day 'heat dome' Experts predict temperature records to fall as a well-known weather phenomenon forms over France - bringing highs more usually associated with July and August than mid-May. Here's what to expect.
Masks no longer obligatory in French public transport as Covid epidemic weakens
Masks no longer obligatory in French public transport as Covid epidemic weakens As the number of Covid-related hospitalisations and infection rates continue to decline, the French authorities have dropped the obligation for passengers in public transport to wear masks. From Monday, users of metros, buses, trains, planes and taxis will no longer be told to cover up.
French car company Renault sells Russian assets, closes Moscow operation
French car company Renault sells Russian assets, closes Moscow operation French car maker Renault has sold its Russian assets to the Moscow government, the two parties announced on Monday, as foreign companies leave Russia because of Vladimir Putin's ongoing military campaign in Ukraine.
Plan to allow burkinis in Grenoble swimming pools reignites French culture wars
Plan to allow burkinis in Grenoble swimming pools reignites French culture wars Burkinis have been a long-standing catalyst for dispute in France, calling societal attitudes towards Islam and feminism into question. Rule changes in Grenoble’s swimming pools suggest that opposition to the garment could be receding.
Macron pays tribute to former UAE ruler during visit to congratulate successor
Macron pays tribute to former UAE ruler during visit to congratulate successor The UAE's new president, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, held talks on Sunday with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who had travelled to the country to pay his respects following the death on Friday of the sheik's brother Sheikh Khalifa.
Former French PM Cresson lambasts sexism at the heart of political class
Former French PM Cresson lambasts sexism at the heart of political class Former prime minister Edith Cresson on Sunday hit out at the sexism rife in the upper echelons of the French political system as speculation mounted that President Emmanuel Macron is set to name a woman to succeed Jean Castex as prime minister.
Inflation on the rise in France, driven by rising cost of food and energy
Inflation on the rise in France, driven by rising cost of food and energy Inflation is creeping up in France, as it is in many parts of the world, but economists point out that not all prices are increasing. However, consumers are feeling the pinch, because the products that are most impacted are daily necessities, like petrol and food.
Growing success for Frenchman, the world's only breeder of four-leaf clovers
Growing success for Frenchman, the world's only breeder of four-leaf clovers Friday the 13th is often associated with bad luck, so finding a lucky four-leaf clover could twist your fate in a brighter direction. France’s Patrick Guillouard is the only person in the world licenced to grow them.
Hunger-striking baker Stéphane Ravacley’s latest campaign is to become French MP
Hunger-striking baker Stéphane Ravacley’s latest campaign is to become French MP After working as a baker for decades, Stéphane Ravacley won fame in France for going on a hunger strike to stop the deportation of his Guinean apprentice – then for organising a humanitarian convoy for Ukraine. Now he hopes to enter politics in June’s parliamentary elections, running for his local Read More
How far left will President Macron lean in his choice of prime minister?
How far left will President Macron lean in his choice of prime minister? Recently re-elected centre-right French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to take account of the groundswell of revolt that saw the political extremes attract record numbers of voters. Macron's choice of leader for the new government will be crucial. Could Jean-Luc Mélenchon get the job?
They're back! Why is France so popular with tourists?
They're back! Why is France so popular with tourists? Recent visitors to France will no doubt have noticed the return of foreign tourists. Two years of Covid-19 took a heavy toll on what is otherwise a booming business and an important part of the French economy. Now things appear to be looking up again for the tourist industry. For decades, Read More
Spring tourism in Paris blossoms despite pandemic, Ukraine conflict
Spring tourism in Paris blossoms despite pandemic, Ukraine conflict France is enjoying a spring renaissance for its tourism industry, particularly in Paris. The City of Light saw a huge influx of visitors for the April Easter break, a trend that tourism officials say is happily continuing.
French far-right pundit Zemmour seeks parliamentary seat in Saint-Tropez constituency
French far-right pundit Zemmour seeks parliamentary seat in Saint-Tropez constituency French far-right TV pundit-turned-politician Eric Zemmour said Thursday he would seek a seat in parliament standing in the glitzy constituency around Saint-Tropez, three weeks after failing with a presidential bid.
'The Lido is finished': Famed Paris cabaret set for final curtain amid mass lay-offs
'The Lido is finished': Famed Paris cabaret set for final curtain amid mass lay-offs High-kicking showgirls and nightly cabaret shows at the famed Parisian Lido club on the Champs-Elysees are set to be a thing of the past after the venue's new owner confirmed mass lay-offs on Thursday.
Paris to give Champs-Elysées a green facelift ahead of 2024 Olympics
Paris to give Champs-Elysées a green facelift ahead of 2024 Olympics Paris will give the iconic Avenue des Champs-Elysées an eco-makeover ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games by planting trees and increasing pedestrian areas.
Paris demands 'immediate release' of French nationals detained in Iran
Paris demands 'immediate release' of French nationals detained in Iran France's foreign ministry on Thursday demanded the "immediate release" of two French nationals detained in Iran, a day after Tehran's intelligence ministry said it arrested two Europeans for attempting to "destabilise" the country.
France lifts Covid restrictions, no longer requiring masks on planes, trains as of Monday
France lifts Covid restrictions, no longer requiring masks on planes, trains as of Monday France will no longer require passengers on trains, metros, busses and domestic flights to wear masks starting Monday, 16 May, lifting one of the last remaining Covid measure in the country. And the European air safety authority will no longer recommend masks be worn on flights within the EU. Read More
Paris to revamp the famed Champs-Élysées ahead of 2024 Olympics
Paris to revamp the famed Champs-Élysées ahead of 2024 Olympics Paris will give the famed Champs-Élysées a makeover ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games by planting trees and increasing pedestrian areas, the French capital's officials said on Wednesday.
Police killing of French-Algerian student Oussekine remembered on screen, at last
Police killing of French-Algerian student Oussekine remembered on screen, at last Thirty five years after Malik Oussekine was beaten to death by police during a student demonstration, his story is finally being told in a four-part series beginning Wednesday on Disney+ and a feature film debuts at this month's Cannes Film Festival. 
France’s unprecedented drought shows climate change is ‘spiralling out of control’
France’s unprecedented drought shows climate change is ‘spiralling out of control’ As global warming accelerates, the spectre of drought haunts France’s once verdant farmland. Even now, before the start of summer, 15 administrative départements have had to restrict water use while farmers warn that the current situation will have an adverse impact on crop yields.   
Twenty women accuse TV journalist Poivre d'Arvor of rape, sexual assault
Twenty women accuse TV journalist Poivre d'Arvor of rape, sexual assault In a programme broadcast this week by French online investigative website Mediapart, twenty women directly accuse the former TF1 TV star Patrick Poivre d'Arvor of rape, sexual assault and harassment.

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