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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.
Inside France: Summer drought, Macron's lengthy chat and women's rights
Inside France: Summer drought, Macron's lengthy chat and women's rights From the latest on political and health developments, via summer holiday plans and the best drinks options, our weekly newsletter Inside France looks at what we have been talking about in France this week.
The post-Brexit tax rules on selling second-homes in France
The post-Brexit tax rules on selling second-homes in France British second-home owners in France who want to sell their properties are being warned of an extra layer of administration - and expense - in place since Brexit.
Ten of the best day trips out of Paris
Ten of the best day trips out of Paris Whether you live in Paris or are just visiting, you might be looking for ideas for day-trips - here are some of our favourite spots within easy travelling distance of the City of Light.
Planes, trains and roads: France's timetable for 2022 summer strikes
Planes, trains and roads: France's timetable for 2022 summer strikes Unions representing railway workers, airline staff and truck divers have already called for strikes in France over the summer and it's likely that more will follow - here's your guide to the declared strike days and the services that will be affected.
Tour de France: Lampaert wins first stage in rain-lashed Copenhagen
Tour de France: Lampaert wins first stage in rain-lashed Copenhagen Belgian rider Yves Lampaert won the Tour de France opening stage while two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar finished third on Friday.
France bans 'steak' and 'sausage' labels on vegetarian meats
France bans 'steak' and 'sausage' labels on vegetarian meats France is to become the first EU country to stop vegetarian plant-based protein foods from describing themselves as "steak" or "sausage", in a bid to counter increasingly popular meat alternatives.
French police break-up fake Bordeaux wine ring
French police break-up fake Bordeaux wine ring Police investigating drug-trafficking in south west France have broken up a counterfeit Bordeaux wine ring following an eight-month investigation.
Czechs take over European Presidency from France as war rages at EU's doorstep
Czechs take over European Presidency from France as war rages at EU's doorstep On 1 July France passed the baton of the EU presidency to the Czech Republic. The rotating presidency involves setting the European Union’s agenda for a period of six months, with all 27 EU member states holding that position once every thirteen and a half years.
Mayor of southern French town bans smoking in cars
Mayor of southern French town bans smoking in cars The mayor of a town in southern France has banned smoking in cars in an attempt to limit forest fires - many of which are caused by carelessly discarded cigarette butts.
What to do if you see a wildfire in France
What to do if you see a wildfire in France With France facing an unusually hot, dry summer, firefighters have warned that much of the country is 'like a tinderbox' - so here's what to do if you see a wildfire and some tips on how to prevent them.
Paris airport strikes disrupt flights at Charles de Gaulle, Orly
Paris airport strikes disrupt flights at Charles de Gaulle, Orly Several French airports, including Charles de Gaulle and Orly near Paris, are being hit by fresh strikes as the peak tourist season gets underway.
France's Château de Maintenon: The castle of Louis XIV's secret wife
France's Château de Maintenon: The castle of Louis XIV's secret wife This French Renaissance-style castle would probably have remained largely unknown if it hadn't become home to the secret wife of Louis XIV, Madame de Maintenon. Françoise d'Aubigné – her real name – was a woman of humble origins who is often compared to Cinderella. After Louis secretly married her, the Château de Read More
Australian PM welcomes 'new start' in relations with France
Australian PM welcomes 'new start' in relations with France Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed a "new start" in relations with France as he met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday, after an acrimonious row between the countries over a submarine contract last year.
Screenings of French films with English subtitles in July 2022
Screenings of French films with English subtitles in July 2022 Paris-based cinema club Lost in Frenchlation is showing two French films with English subtitles this month before taking a well-earned summer break. Here's what's coming up.
PODCAST: Travel, politics and Covid: What's in store for France this summer?
PODCAST: Travel, politics and Covid: What's in store for France this summer? The Talking France podcast is back for the final episode of this series and taking a look ahead to summer - from the possibility of early elections to eating snails, the French tourism industry and the vital cultural importance of les grandes vacances.
'Our life is so much better here' - Why do people move to France?
'Our life is so much better here' - Why do people move to France? From cycling opportunities to education, retirement to romance and - overwhelmingly - an improvement in their quality of life, readers of The Local have been sharing why they moved to France, and what keeps them here.
Reader question: Do the French really eat frogs, snails and horses?
Reader question: Do the French really eat frogs, snails and horses? It's among the most persistent stereotypes of the French, that they love to guzzle down on frogs' legs, snails and a juicy horse steak - but are these eating habits really part of modern France?
French Expression of the Day: C’est de la daube
French Expression of the Day: C’est de la daube A daube is a delicious and hearty French stew - but this expression is not something that you would aspire to.
Paris airport strike spurs flight cancellations
Paris airport strike spurs flight cancellations About 10 percent of all flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport were cancelled due to strikes by ground personnel on Thursday and similar disruption is expected on Friday, a spokesman for airport operator ADP said.
Australia's Albanese hails 'new start' with France after submarine row
Australia's Albanese hails 'new start' with France after submarine row Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed a "new start" in relations with France as he met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday, after an acrimonious row between the countries over a submarine contract last year.
French police hold 10 suspects over migrant deaths during Channel crossing
French police hold 10 suspects over migrant deaths during Channel crossing French police were on Thursday holding 10 people suspected of involvement in the November 2021 drowning of 27 migrants in the English Channel.
Podcast: Paris attacks verdict, quidditch in France, Haiti's 'independence debt'
Podcast: Paris attacks verdict, quidditch in France, Haiti's 'independence debt' Reflecting on the end of the trial of those involved in the 2015 Paris attacks; developing quidditch in France, where some are wary of a sport involving a broom between the legs. And the day that Haiti was forced to pay its former slave masters for its independence.
Far-left lawmaker to chair French parliament's powerful finance committee
Far-left lawmaker to chair French parliament's powerful finance committee Far-left France Unbowed (LFI) MP Eric Coquerel was on Thursday elected to the key post of president of the National Assembly's influential Finance Committee. 
Hard-left MP to take charge of French parliament's powerful finance committee
Hard-left MP to take charge of French parliament's powerful finance committee Hard-left MP Eric Coquerel was elected chair of the French parliament's powerful finance committee on Thursday, a day after the far-right obtained two assembly vice-presidencies - signs of the growing power of radical parties in the new parliament.
France holding 10 suspects over migrants' drowning in English Channel
France holding 10 suspects over migrants' drowning in English Channel French police are holding 10 people suspected of involvement in the November 2021 Channel drowning of migrants in which 27 people died, a judicial source said Thursday.
Thousands attend Tour de France teams presentation in Copenhagen
Thousands attend Tour de France teams presentation in Copenhagen Raucous crowds at the Copenhagen Tivoli theme park gave the Tour de France the kind of reception organisers could only have dreamed of on Wednesday.
French prosecutors open investigation into Solidarity Minister Damien Abad after rape accusations
French prosecutors open investigation into Solidarity Minister Damien Abad after rape accusations The Paris prosecution office said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into France's minister for the disabled, Damien Abad, on suspicion of attempted rape, an accusation his lawyer said he denied.
Paris court rejects Italy's extradition request for ex-Red Brigade members, former terrorists
Paris court rejects Italy's extradition request for ex-Red Brigade members, former terrorists A Paris court on Wednesday ruled against extraditing to Italy 10 former left-wing militants, including some former Red Brigades members, convicted of domestic terrorist crimes in the 1970s and 1980s.
Salah Abdeslam sentenced to life in prison as Paris attacks trial winds up
Salah Abdeslam sentenced to life in prison as Paris attacks trial winds up Judges handed down verdicts on Wednesday to 20 men accused over the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, wrapping up the biggest trial in modern French history. 

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