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THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE
THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE

Latest News and Information

The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
What changes with France's new vaccine pass?
What changes with France's new vaccine pass? The vaccine pass takes over from the health pass on Monday – a “game-changer allowing normal activities to resume again”, according to France’s minister for tourism and small businesses. So what changes exactly?
UK to end 'Day 2 test' requirement for travellers from Europe
UK to end 'Day 2 test' requirement for travellers from Europe The British government has announced the end of testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, including the post-arrival Day 2 tests that travellers from Europe have previously been forced to pay for.
Vaccine pass for visitors in France - your questions answered
Vaccine pass for visitors in France - your questions answered France now has in place a vaccine pass that is required for entry into a wide range of everyday venues including bars, cafés, tourist sites and long-distance trains - but this can be complicated for visitors or people vaccinated outside France.
French surgeon in trouble for attempt to sell Bataclan victim's X-ray as art
French surgeon in trouble for attempt to sell Bataclan victim's X-ray as art A senior French surgeon faces legal action and a possible disciplinary charge after attempting to sell an X-ray showing the injured arm of a concert-goer who was shot during the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan music venue in Paris.
The French 'concession' to encourage unvaccinated to get their first dose
The French 'concession' to encourage unvaccinated to get their first dose As the French government launches its vaccine pass, it also sets up a special concession aimed at encouraging the previously unvaccinated to get their first dose.
France brings in ban on gas boilers in housing
France brings in ban on gas boilers in housing As part of its continuing drive for more energy-efficient housing, France is outlawing gas boilers in domestic housing.
A French family business: The intricacies of Boulle work
A French family business: The intricacies of Boulle work Marie-Hélène Poisson is the only craftswoman to be entirely dedicated to Boulle work. This French technique, invented at the end of the 17th century, consists of inlaying antique furniture with decoration made of brass or tortoiseshell. Marie-Hélène learned the trade from her father and is now passing it on to her Read More
French Word of the Day: Petit pain
French Word of the Day: Petit pain If you're baffled as to why French people are calling you a little bread roll, read on . . .
France places Australia on orange list for travel
France places Australia on orange list for travel France has announced that Australia has been moved to its orange list for travel, in light of the Covid spread in the country. This means that unvaccinated travellers now need an essential reason to come to France.
French fantasy fashion designer Thierry Mugler dies aged 73
French fantasy fashion designer Thierry Mugler dies aged 73 French designer Thierry Mugler, who reigned over fashion in the 1980s and died on Sunday, was as famous for his fantastical couture as for his blockbuster fashion shows. He was 73.
French surgeon who tried to sell X-ray of injured Bataclan survivor faces legal action
French surgeon who tried to sell X-ray of injured Bataclan survivor faces legal action A senior French surgeon faces legal action and a possible disciplinary charge after attempting to sell an X-ray of a concert-goer who was shot during the 2015 attack on the Bataclan music hall in Paris
Getting snappy: concerns over blue crab invasion in the Mediterranean
Getting snappy: concerns over blue crab invasion in the Mediterranean This species of crab, originally from the west coast of the United States, has found a new home in the lagoons around the French Mediterranean coast, destabilising not only the local ecosystem as well as wreaking havoc on the fishing industry.
Rescuers locate boat of 75-year-old French solo Atlantic rower, but body not found
Rescuers locate boat of 75-year-old French solo Atlantic rower, but body not found The body of the French adventurer trying to row across the Atlantic has not been recovered, the Portuguese navy said Sunday, a day after his support team said he had been found dead in his boat.
French soldier killed in attack on military base in northern Mali
French soldier killed in attack on military base in northern Mali A French soldier has been killed in a mortar attack on a military camp in Gao, northern Mali, the Elysée Palace announced Sunday. Brigadier Alexandre Martin had been serving in France’s Barkhane operation in the restive Sahel region.
Paris obelisk gets monumental makeover to mark Rosetta Stone bicentenary
Paris obelisk gets monumental makeover to mark Rosetta Stone bicentenary The Luxor obelisk, at the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, is being restored to its former glory. Erected in 1836, the city's oldest monument was a gift from an Egyptian king. The makeover coincides with the bicentenary of the translation of the Rosetta Stone by Frenchman Jean-François Read More
French council allows vaccine pass, but not for political rallies
French council allows vaccine pass, but not for political rallies France's Constitutional Council has approved with conditions the government's controversial vaccine pass. From 24 January, people over 16 must show a certificate of vaccination to enter public places like restaurants, cinemas or inter-city trains.
Rail company Alstom to hire 7,500 people worldwide, 1,000 in France
Rail company Alstom to hire 7,500 people worldwide, 1,000 in France French railway equipment manufacturer Alstom has announced plans to hire 7,500 people worldwide this year, including 1,000 in France. The new jobs are to meet rising demand and record orders totalling 78 billion euros last year. 
French champagne producers pop the cork as sales rebound despite Covid
French champagne producers pop the cork as sales rebound despite Covid French champagne sales rebounded last year to reach a record €5.5 billion as demand soared despite the impact of Covid restrictions that weighed on restaurants and bars.
'Encouraging' situation in France sees gradual easing of Covid restrictions
'Encouraging' situation in France sees gradual easing of Covid restrictions French Prime Minister Jean Castex and health minister Olivier Véran have set out a timetable for a gradual lifting of Covid-19 rules and restrictions in the coming weeks. Despite recording an average of nearly 310,000 daily cases over the past week, the government is keen to show optimism that the fifth wave Read More

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