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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
Cries of 'shame' as Polanksi wins best director at French Oscars Roman Polanski won best director for "An Officer and a Spy" at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early on Saturday.
Police arrest 30 protesters after Congo riot causes fire Paris police arrested dozens of protesters on Friday who burnt scooters and bins outside a concert venue hosting a Congolese singer they accuse of giving a voice to the Kinshasa regime.
Actors walk out of French Oscars as Polanski wins best director Roman Polanski has won best director for his film An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) at a fractious ceremony for the Césars, the French Oscars, that ended in walkouts from several actors.
Walkouts at 'French Oscars' as Roman Polanski wins best director Roman Polanski won best director for "An Officer and a Spy" at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early Saturday.
Coronavirus: France moves into 'new stage of epidemic' as number of cases rises to 57 France has now had 57 confirmed cases of coronavirus - 45 of which have been diagnosed since Tuesday. The country's health minister on Friday said 19 more cases had been confirmed in the last 24 hours and the country was now in "stage 2" of the coronavirus epidemic.
Coronavirus: French health minister says don't shake hands Health minister Olivier Véran on Friday urged French citizens to avoid shaking hands as part of the battle against the spread of the new coronavirus after authorities revealed 19 more cases on Friday to take the total up to 57.
Anti-Congo regime protesters set fires outside Paris's Gare de Lyon station The Gare de Lyon train station was partially evacuated on Friday and dozens of people were arrested amid violent protests against a Congolese singer due to give a concert nearby.
Rédoine Faïd, notorious French gangster, wants his day in court – on his terms Rédoine Faïd, the infamous armed robber who twice broke out of French jails, is staging a hunger strike and did not appear in court Thursday for the opening of his appeal of his conviction for a 2011 armoured-car robbery near Arras, France.
Fire breaks out near central Paris train station after violent protests Gare de Lyon train station in Paris was partially evacuated on Friday after a fire broke out nearby during violence on the margins of a banned protest. Train services were severely disrupted, according to SNCF.
Paris Live, Friday 28 February 2020 In today's Paris Live, our correspondent in Hong Kong fills us in on why media tycoon and high profile critic of Beijing Jimmy Lai was arrested on Friday and gives us an update on the coronavirus. Authorities announced that all pets of people infected with the virus must be quarantined, Read More
French rail operator SNCF posts €800 million loss for 2019 France rail operator SNCF has posted an €800 million loss for 2019 - largely due to the strike that paralysed much of the network during December and into January.
Can Paris become a ’15-minute' city’? As part of her re-election platform, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to turn Paris into a ’15 minute city’, where essential services are within a quarter hour’s walk or bike ride from where people live. The idea has taken hold in some cities and communities around the world. One of Read More
UN begins project to help British people living in France after Brexit The UN is preparing for a project to help vulnerable British people in France through the issues thrown up by Brexit.
French word of the day: Nul If you want to bring a bit of a Mean Girls vibe to your everyday French chat, this one is for you.
Man killed after accidentally falling onto Paris Metro track A man has died after falling onto Paris Metro tracks while apparently messing about on the platform with a group of friends.
What changes about life in France in March 2020 Elections, price hikes for cigarettes, the start of summertime and a fight against the patriarchy are just some of the things going on in France in March.
Césars: The 'French Oscars' to go ahead with no Polanski and no Academy board France's biggest film event, the Césars, will kick off on Friday without award nominee (and convicted child rapist) Roman Polanski and without its board - who resigned en masse two weeks ago.
What you need to know about coronavirus in France As France records a sharp rise in the number of confirmed cases, here is what you need to know about coronavirus. (This article is not behind a paywall).
French ex-PM Fillon tells Paris court 'fake jobs' scandal caused ‘irreparable damage' François Fillon, once the front-runner to become France’s president but who fell from grace after being accused of wrongfully putting his wife on the payroll in a “fake jobs” scandal, told a Paris court Thursday that the allegations had caused “irreparable damage”.
Podcast: French farmers beef up against agro-bashing, the 15-minute city and origins of nylon stockings French farmers take to Twitter and Youtube to show a different side to their profession, the case for Paris becoming a 15-minute city, and how the nylon stocking helped the rise of planned obsolescence .
France holds crisis meeting to outline actions to battle coronavirus French Prime minister Edouard Philippe chaired an emergency meeting with government and opposition leaders Thursday to address the coronavirus outbreak as the country braces itslef for a confirmed epidemic. France has reported 18 cases so far and two deaths.
Coronavirus: The everyday precautions you can take to stay safe in France If you're in France or planning a trip you may be concerned about the coronaviris cases that have been reported in the country. Here's the latest official advice on keeping safe (this article is not behind a paywall).
French arm of US chemical giant Lubrizol charged over toxic factory blaze French prosecutors announced on Thursday they have charged the French subsidiary of US chemicals firm Lubrizol over a massive fire at a factory in northern France that spewed a vast cloud of acrid smoke across the region.
Paris Live, Thursday 27 February 2020 In today's edition of Paris Live, we open with a look at how the coronavirus is spreading across the globe with now more than 40 countries affected.France has recorded its first death and 18 cases of infection and the President Emmanuel Macron declared that the country will do everything in Read More
France faces coronavirus 'epidemic', Macron warns, as confirmed cases double President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France was preparing for a jump in the number of coronavirus cases, adding "we are going to have to deal with it as best we can."
Fearing ‘public lynching’, Polanski pulls out of France's César awards Under-fire filmmaker Roman Polanski has announced he is skipping Friday’s awards ceremony for the Césars, France's equivalent of the Oscars, saying he will not submit himself to a "public lynching" over rape accusations he denies.
Documentary series digs up mining’s ‘dirty business’ The documentary series Green Blood exposes the web of powerful interests in the mining sector, and the pitfalls facing journalists who try to expose them.
'We are facing an epidemic', French president Emmanuel Macron warns President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France was preparing for a jump in the number of coronavirus cases, adding "we are going to have to deal with it as best we can".
Polanski to stay away from Césars, fearing public lynching Film director Roman Polanski has confirmed that he will not attend the French equivalent of the Academy Awards, the Césars, to be handed out at a ceremony in Paris on Friday. This year's event, where Polanski's latest film is nominated in 12 categories, promises to be more than usually controversial. Read More

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