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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
Did disgraced ex-minister de Rugy actually do anything wrong? Five days after the former ecology minister François de Rugy was forced to resign due to allegations that he had misused public money, two official investigations seem to suggest that he, in fact, did not.
Louvre museum removes Sackler name after opioid protests Paris's Louvre Museum has become the first major cultural institution to remove the Sackler family name from its premises after protests against the family blamed for the deadly opioid crisis in the United States.
Heatwave depresses French wine production Wine production in France this year will be down by between 6 and 13 percent compared to 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry has said.
French wine production harmed by record heatwave Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.
Pinot pips Alaphilippe to triumph on Tourmalet French cycling fans celebrated on Saturday as Thibaut Pinot conquered the Pyrenean summit of the Col du Tourmalet in stage 14 of the Tour de France. Julian Alaphilippe followed close behind to extend his grip on the leader's yellow jersey.
Three years after Adama Traoré's death, a march against police brutality Three years after the death of Adama Traoré during an attempt by police to arrest the 24-year-old, a protest on Saturday, organised by his family and friends, with support from elements of the Yellow Vest movement, is intended as a "historic act" against police violence.
Macron climbs Tourmalet in wake of Alaphilippe for 100 years of yellow jersey Saturday saw the first of seven climbs above 2,000 metres on this year's Tour de France cycle race. French President Emmanuel Macron made the long climb in comfort.
Elderly Frenchman stabs wife to death to stop her suffering from Alzheimer’s Prosecutors in north-western France have opened a murder investigation after an elderly man killed his wife, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He then tried to commit suicide, the prosecutor’s office said on Friday.
What you need to know about the new heatwave hitting France next week Extreme temperatures are set to make a return to France next week. Find out where the heatwave will be worst.
EXPLAINED: Why do so many French people go to see a 'shrink'? In France, or at least in its cities, many people don't seem to be able to live without their 'psy', the nickname they use for a shrink. Is it only a hunch, or are the French really addicted to them and why?
The jobs you can do if you live in deepest rural France Moving to France involves all sorts of difficult challenges but for many by far the most pressing is finding paid work...and that can be tricky, especially in rural areas. Here are some ideas for jobs in France that you can do outside of the major cities.
Algeria fans take to French streets to celebrate second Cup of Nations title Tens of thousands of Algeria fans have come out onto French streets to celebrate the nation's second Africa Cup of Nations title, after beating Senegal 1-0 in Cairo. Huge street parties took place in Paris, Marseille and Lyon amid a boosted police presence, after unrest at previous celebrations.
French court rejects damages for Estonia ferry victims and relatives A French court has rejected a claim from survivors and relatives of the 1994 Estonia ferry disaster for damages from the French certification agency of the ship and the German shipbuilder.
QUIZ: How well do you know the north west of France? As summer is here tourists will once again be flocking to this stunning area of France - with its lush green fields, beautiful beaches and fabulous cuisine.
Hottest ever temperature recorded in France revised up to... 46C A village in southern France has been named as the record holder of the country's all-time hottest temperature reached in June's heatwave.
French bakers jailed over alleged insurance fraud in deadly Lyon fire Lyon’s public prosecutor has remanded in custody two owners of a bakery that burned down in February, killing a pregnant woman and her four-year-old son, in a suspected case of arson insurance fraud.
French citizens to work for longer under new pension reform The age when French citizens can receive a full pension should be moved to 64 from 62, the government's special adviser on pension reform has said. Protests against the reform, which aims to unify 42 different schemes into a single, points-based system, have already been planned.
France sued for failing to stop spread of killer seaweed in Brittany The family of a man who died on a Brittany beach in 2016 is suing the French state for not doing enough to fight the growth of seaweed, which releases toxic gas. His death is suspected to have been caused by green algae that which has covered France's north-western coast ...
French senate approves carbon neutrality law by 2050 French senators have approved a bill setting France on a new target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and go carbon-neutral by 2050. The bill is part of the government's climate and energy package and was adopted at first reading after several modifications.
French pension reform offers incentives to work until age 64 The age when French citizens can receive a full pension should be put back to 64 from 62 now, the government's special adviser on pension reform said on Thursday.
Paris orders clean-up of schools near Notre-Dame over lead poisoning fears Paris authorities have ordered a "deep clean" at schools around the fire-damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral, following a media report claiming the extent of lead contamination has been covered up.
Celebrate! France's love affair with holidays With a minimum of 30 days of paid leave per year, French people have the reputation of being on vacation all the time. During the summer months of July and August, the country virtually shuts down. So what do they do with all those cherished "congés payés"? We take a ...
France defiant on plans to impose 'Gafa' tax on tech giants France on Wednesday said it would push ahead with its law to tax tech giants that has sparked a row with the United States, saying that an international accord was the only way to solve the dispute.
France to ease restrictions on blood donations from gay men The French government has banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood within a year of sexual activity since 2016. On Wednesday it said it would lower this “deferral” period – long been criticised as discriminatory – to four months.
‘HIV isn’t over’: The world’s waning response to the AIDS crisis As France prepares to host the Global Fund Replenishment Conference on fighting AIDS, experts warn against complacency in the global fight against HIV. France leads in some areas of the battle but has some catching up to do in others.
French lawmakers approve controversial bill to rebuild Notre-Dame French MPs on Tuesday approved a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.
French lawmakers kick off debate on contentious EU-Canada trade deal French lawmakers in the National Assembly on Wednesday began debating a controversial trade deal between the European Union and Canada. A vote is expected next week.
Élisabeth Borne to replace François de Rugy as French Environment Minister French President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement late on Tuesday that Transport Minister Élisabeth Borne would replace François de Rugy as Environment Minister.
French minister François de Rugy resigns over spending scandal French Environment Minister François de Rugy, at the centre of a controversy over lavish spending, announced his resignation on Tuesday but lashed out at what he claimed was a “media lynching”.

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