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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.
France looks to crack down on illegal immigration with new law
France looks to crack down on illegal immigration with new law French President Emmanuel Macron is set to make a second attempt at increasing expulsions of illegal immigrants under fierce pressure from his far-right opponents.
Macron downplays 'absurd' power cut fears as winter bites in France
Macron downplays 'absurd' power cut fears as winter bites in France French President Emmanuel Macron has dismissed growing fears of winter electricity outages as "overblown", even as France's energy companies prepare for possible targeted power cuts if consumption is not reduced and cold snaps strain the grid.
What train passengers in France can expect from Wednesday's rail strike
What train passengers in France can expect from Wednesday's rail strike Three unions representing train drivers in France have called on workers to walk out this Wednesday, meaning train services will be disrupted. Here's what to expect.
Pregnancy loss in France: Perinatal bereavement remains taboo
Pregnancy loss in France: Perinatal bereavement remains taboo One year ago, on December 6, 2021, a law was passed in France to enable parents to give a name to stillborn babies, a move hailed as progress by grieving families. With more than one in every 100 pregnancies in France resulting in a miscarriage, the national health agency is calling for better access Read More
French YouTube star 'Norman' in custody over rape allegations
French YouTube star 'Norman' in custody over rape allegations One of France's most popular YouTube celebrities has been detained for a second day of questioning by police investigating charges he raped several young women in recent years.
Strasbourg city mayor sues French state for failure to accommodate the homeless
Strasbourg city mayor sues French state for failure to accommodate the homeless The Mayor of the city of Strasbourg says she will sue the French state for not doing enough to help homeless people. This move comes as a migrant camp of some 200 people near the city center was evacuated by the police on Tuesday morning.
10 of the best French December traditions
10 of the best French December traditions The Christmas and New Year holidays in France are not quite as big a deal as they are in some countries, but they are still full of fun traditions - from eating 13 desserts to visiting a light festival or being stalked by a terrifying old man with a whip. Read More
Macron: 'Don't panic' over risk of power cuts in France this winter
Macron: 'Don't panic' over risk of power cuts in France this winter French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called growing fears of winter electricity outages overblown, even as authorities prepare for possible targeted power cuts if consumption is not reduced and cold snaps strain the grid.
OPINION: France faces the real possibility of power cuts this winter, and it cannot blame Putin
OPINION: France faces the real possibility of power cuts this winter, and it cannot blame Putin As local authorities across France produce detailed emergency plans for power cuts, John Lichfield looks at how likely it is that the lights will go out, and how France ended up in this mess.
French Word of the Day: Fanfarroner
French Word of the Day: Fanfarroner You'll probably see a lot of this in pubs during a contentious match.
France's new law on compulsory bike parking spaces comes into effect in 2023
France's new law on compulsory bike parking spaces comes into effect in 2023 Many shared apartment complexes across France will have to come up with ways to offer secure bicycle parking in 2023 once a new law comes into force.
'A social battle' - what you need to know about France's controversial pension reform
'A social battle' - what you need to know about France's controversial pension reform French unions have promised 'mobilisation from January' if president Emmanuel Macron pushes ahead with highly controversial pension reform plans. Here's a look at what is happening and why.
French unions vow to fight pension reform, with 'mobilisation beginning in January'
French unions vow to fight pension reform, with 'mobilisation beginning in January' France's eight biggest unions have issued a joint statement promising massive, co-ordinated strikes and demonstrations in January if the government goes ahead with planned pension reforms.
Saint Nicolas: What is the festival celebrated in parts of France on December 6th?
Saint Nicolas: What is the festival celebrated in parts of France on December 6th? While Christmas is the main event in terms of December festivals, certain parts of France have an extra day of celebration on December 6th.
Bodies of two babies found in French freezer
Bodies of two babies found in French freezer Two newborn babies whose corpses were found in a woman's freezer in southern France did not die of natural causes, prosecutors said on Monday.
Anti-Semitism, xenophobia on the rise warns Macron on visit to French camp
Anti-Semitism, xenophobia on the rise warns Macron on visit to French camp French President Emmanuel Macron says it’s time to “open our eyes” to resurgent anti-Semitism and xenophobia during a visit to a deportation camp in the south of France, where the authorities rounded up Jews before and during World War II. 
Inside the school that trains up France's future sailors
Inside the school that trains up France's future sailors It's a school like no other. Since 1822, the Centre of Naval Instruction, in the French port city of Brest, has trained the cadets of the French Navy. Every year, 240 youngsters aged between 16 and 18 join the famous "Mousses School". They board for 10 months, taking theoretical classes and learning about military life: teamwork, Read More
France's Sarkozy seeks to overturn corruption conviction at Paris appeal trial
France's Sarkozy seeks to overturn corruption conviction at Paris appeal trial Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy sought to convince a Paris court to overturn his March 2021 conviction for bribery and influence-peddling in an appeal hearing that started on Monday. 
French writer Dominique Lapierre, author of City of Joy, dies at 91
French writer Dominique Lapierre, author of City of Joy, dies at 91 French writer Dominique Lapierre, the author of best-selling books on India like "Freedom at Midnight" and "City of Joy" and whose novels sold tens of millions of copies, has died at the age of 91. 
French hospital cancels operations after cyberattack
French hospital cancels operations after cyberattack A hospital complex in Versailles, near Paris, had to cancel operations and transfer some patients after being hit by a cyberattack over the weekend, France's health ministry said.
France's Macron says he and Biden agreed to 'fix' US subsidies issues
France's Macron says he and Biden agreed to 'fix' US subsidies issues President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a state visit earlier this week to "fix" issues arising from US legislation that includes subsidies for American-made products, Macron said in a bid to assuage European concerns.
French hospital suspends operations after cyber attacks
French hospital suspends operations after cyber attacks A hospital in Versailles, near Paris had to cancel operations and transfer some patients after being hit by a cyberattack over the weekend, France's health ministry said Sunday.
Giroud breaks Henry's record with 52nd goal for France
Giroud breaks Henry's record with 52nd goal for France Olivier Giroud became France's record male scorer on Sunday with 52 goals, eclipsing the mark he shared with Thierry Henry after striking against Poland at the World Cup.
Macron says 'no panic' about possible French power cuts
Macron says 'no panic' about possible French power cuts French President Emmanuel Macron said there was no reason to panic about possible power cuts this winter, but he called on citizens to use less energy and on state utility EDF to restart nuclear reactors to prevent outages in case of cold weather.
French motorists faced with motorway toll hike of nearly 5%
French motorists faced with motorway toll hike of nearly 5% The toll charges on France’s motorways will rise by 4.75% on average in 2023 for private vehicles, the French transport ministry announced on Friday.
12 arrested as 'industrial' translatlantic pimping ring smashed in France
12 arrested as 'industrial' translatlantic pimping ring smashed in France A network spanning from South America to Europe that trafficked women for sex work has been dismantled with a dozen people arrested, French police sources said on Friday.
Arms amnesty ends in France with thousands of unlicenced weapons handed over
Arms amnesty ends in France with thousands of unlicenced weapons handed over French gun owners have been handing over their weapons at police collection points across the country this week as part of a campaign to round up unlicensed firearms, often heirlooms lying in attics or forgotten at the back of cupboards.
Fed up French doctors and lab workers stage historic nationwide strike
Fed up French doctors and lab workers stage historic nationwide strike For the first time since 2015, unions representing doctors and lab workers in the private sector are calling for a two-day strike from Thursday to put pressure on the government as lawmakers debate the social security budget.
France prepares for possibility of electricity blackouts during winter months
France prepares for possibility of electricity blackouts during winter months The  French government is putting a plan in place to deal with the looming energy crisis as fears rise of electricity power cuts. A directive will be sent to regional police chiefs to anticipate scheduled power cuts, which could affect 60 percent of the population in the  worst-case scenario. Read More

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