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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.
Paris Perspective #10: Lutetia and the foundations of empire
Paris Perspective #10: Lutetia and the foundations of empire From garrisoned Roman outpost to modern European capital, Paris has had an eventful past. To understand its origins, Paris Perspective winds back the clock on the 2,000-year history of a city that started as a Celtic trading centre on a small island on the river Seine – before falling to the Roman legions under Julius Caesar's command. Read More
Macron’s crime-fighting record under scrutiny after killing of policeman in Avignon
Macron’s crime-fighting record under scrutiny after killing of policeman in Avignon French politicians and police unions voiced their indignation Thursday over an officer's killing at a known drug-dealing site in the southern city of Avignon, which reignited a debate over President Emmanuel Macron's record on fighting crime.
Podcast: France's Covid trackers, flowers go local, Perrault the fairy godfather
Podcast: France's Covid trackers, flowers go local, Perrault the fairy godfather The young geeks revolutionising health data in France with Covidtracker. How the pandemic has boosted demand for home-grown flowers. And Charles Perrault, father of the fairy tale genre.
Ameli: How to create your online French social security account
Ameli: How to create your online French social security account The French online platform Ameli is a gateway to access information and crucial health documents, including the Covid vaccination certificate that could soon be vital for travel.
EXPLAINED: How to book an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine in France
EXPLAINED: How to book an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine in France As France opens up its Covid-19 vaccination programme to extra groups, here is how to go about registering for the injection if you are eligible.
Macron opens vaccine access to all adults as France steps up anti-Covid drive
Macron opens vaccine access to all adults as France steps up anti-Covid drive French President Emmanuel Macron has opened up access to Covid-19 vaccines for all adults in the case of unused doses available for next-day appointments. On Thursday, the president inaugurated a new mass-vaccination centre at Paris's National Exhibition Centre, the latest "vaccinodrome" in France's campaign to boost the inoculation drive. Read More
EXPLAINED: Why are French fishermen so angry about Jersey's post-Brexit fishing licences?
EXPLAINED: Why are French fishermen so angry about Jersey's post-Brexit fishing licences? A protest over fishing licences granted by the tiny island of Jersey seems to have escalated out of all proportion with the UK government sending two gunboats to the area - but what are the French fishermen so angry about?
Loaded legacy: Napoléon continues to divide France, 200 years after his death
Loaded legacy: Napoléon continues to divide France, 200 years after his death This year marks the bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death, but two centuries on, his legacy remains controversial. Was he a heroic reformer or a racist, misogynistic tyrant? While he contributed massively to the modern French state, there are also darker aspects to his legacy, such as his reintroduction of slavery to Read More
France expands vaccine rollout as Macron voices support for patent waiver
France expands vaccine rollout as Macron voices support for patent waiver French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he was "absolutely in favour" of a global waiver on patent protection for Covid-19 vaccines, adding his voice to a campaign backed by US President Joe Biden.
French police sue sister of Adama Traoré, black man who died in custody
French police sue sister of Adama Traoré, black man who died in custody The sister of a black French man who died in police custody five years ago was to appear in court Thursday charged with defamation for publicly naming the three gendarmes involved in his death.   
Paris Perspective 10 - The speed of Romanisation - Teaser
Paris Perspective 10 - The speed of Romanisation - Teaser In 52BC, the Roman legions led by General Labienus won the Battle of Lutetia, heralding the foundation of the Gallo-Roman town on the banks of the River Seine that would become modern-day Paris. But how long did it take for a Gaulish settlement to become truly Romanised? Read More
Femicide: Rights group urges gun ban on domestic abusers after Merignac murder
Femicide: Rights group urges gun ban on domestic abusers after Merignac murder In the wake of the killing of a woman in the south-western French town of Mérignac this week, women's rights group Fondation des femmes has called on the interior minister to order the immediate confiscation of weapons held by men suspected of domestic violence.
French foreign minister takes firm stand against corruption, political deadlock in Lebanon visit
French foreign minister takes firm stand against corruption, political deadlock in Lebanon visit France's foreign minister on Thursday warned Lebanese officials that France would impose additional measures targeting those obstructing the formation of a new government in the crises-hit Mideast nation.
Covid pandemic leaves Air France-KLM with huge financial hole
Covid pandemic leaves Air France-KLM with huge financial hole Air France-KLM has posted huge first-quarter losses of 1.5 billion euros and warned that the situation will not improve much in the next few months as global travel restrictions persist due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Farmers fume as scientists beef up efforts to put 'cultured meat' on the menu
Farmers fume as scientists beef up efforts to put 'cultured meat' on the menu Advocates of “cultured meat” are widening their campaign to convince French people that animal products that come from laboratories – instead of slaughterhouses – are the way of the future.
More than 2,000 fast-tracked to French citizenship for work during pandemic
More than 2,000 fast-tracked to French citizenship for work during pandemic France’s immigration chiefs have awarded speedier citizenship deals to more than 1,000 foreign-born frontline workers to reward them for their services to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Love letters help end bitter estate feud over Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince
Love letters help end bitter estate feud over Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince It was a romance that helped inspire one of the great works of 20th-century fiction and a bitter conflict between his heirs, but a new book of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's love letters suggests a reconciliation may finally have been achieved.
French police officer shot dead in Avignon during drug raid
French police officer shot dead in Avignon during drug raid A French police officer has been shot dead in the city of Avignon during an anti-narcotics operation, Prime Minister Jean Castex said.
'Napoleon is a part of us': Macron marks bicentenary of former emperor's death
'Napoleon is a part of us': Macron marks bicentenary of former emperor's death President Emmanuel Macron declared Napoleon Bonaparte an existential part of France after laying a wreath at his tomb in Paris on Wednesday to mark the 200th anniversary of the former emperor's death amid divisive debate about his legacy. 

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