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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.
‘Survivor of the Chinese Gulag’: Uighur refugee in France recounts her ordeal
‘Survivor of the Chinese Gulag’: Uighur refugee in France recounts her ordeal After three harrowing years in Chinese re-education camps, Gulbahar Haitiwaji, a Uighur woman who had been lured back to China from France only to be arrested, interrogated and abused, recounts her ordeal in a just published book.
How French TV is going global thanks to streaming Lupin, Marseille, Call My Agent - French Netflix series are making waves abroad, so is the streaming giant making French TV go global?
France prepares for nationwide 6pm curfew as Covid cases rise
France prepares for nationwide 6pm curfew as Covid cases rise All of mainland France will be put into a 6pm to 6am curfew from Saturday in a bid to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Some people have questioned the utility of this, while the French scientific council says another lockdown looks increasingly necessary.
France set for nationwide 6pm curfew in effort to stem Covid-19
France set for nationwide 6pm curfew in effort to stem Covid-19 France is uniformly pulling back its Covid-19 curfew to 6pm Saturday in a race against time to vaccinate the population and stop the spread of the disease.
EXPLAINED: What are the rules of France's new 6pm nationwide curfew? A 6pm-6am nighttime curfew will be imposed across France from Saturday evening. Here's how it works including the eight reasons that allow you to be outside your home.
Reader question: Can I get a take away during curfew in France? With restaurants, bars, cafés, cinemas and theatres all shut the choices for a Saturday night are frankly quite limited in France at present. But can you still order yourself some nice takeout food under the new 6pm curfew?
IN PICTURES: Paris gets dusting of snow as winter weather hits France Snow turned Paris into a winter wonderland on Saturday as an icy spell left parts of the centre and north of the country on alert.
COMPARE: Nine charts to show how European countries are faring in battle against Covid-19 surge These charts show how the Covid-19 second wave continues to hit countries around Europe as governments try slightly different approaches to deal with the pandemic. Here's a round up of the latest Covid- 19 rates and restrictions around Europe.
Covid crisis takes heavy toll on French students' mental health
Covid crisis takes heavy toll on French students' mental health First-year university students in France are to be allowed to start studying again on-site, in small groups, in a bid to address a growing human crisis, but student unions say it may be too little too late. Unable to cope with the isolation of the distance-learning introduced under Covid, students’ mental Read More
Energy savings: Heat homes, cool the planet
Energy savings: Heat homes, cool the planet When it comes to energy efficiency, France is lagging behind its European neighbours, trailing Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Nearly seven million French people live in residences known as "passoires énergétiques" or energy sieves. These homes have an energy rating of F or G, meaning it's too cold in Read More
Snow forecast to hit Paris region over weekend The French state weather forecaster has issued a warning for snow and ice for the Paris region and the northern Hauts-de-France this weekend.
French court sentences Deliveroo courier who refused Jewish meals
French court sentences Deliveroo courier who refused Jewish meals A French court has sentenced a 19-year-old Deliveroo courier to four months in prison on discrimination charges after he refused to deliver meals from Jewish restaurants.
 
France introduces tougher Covid-19 restrictions for non-EU travellers
France introduces tougher Covid-19 restrictions for non-EU travellers People traveling from non-EU countries to France will no longer be allowed enter by presenting a negative result from a quick COVID-19 test, but cross-Channel truck drivers will be exempt, the French government said on Friday.
French prosecutors open probe into influence-peddling by ex-president Sarkozy
French prosecutors open probe into influence-peddling by ex-president Sarkozy French prosecutors said Friday they have opened a probe into alleged influence-peddling against former president Nicolas Sarkozy, adding a new legal woe for an ex-leader already mired in judicial troubles.
French motorcyclist Pierre Cherpin dies from injuries in Dakar Rally crash
French motorcyclist Pierre Cherpin dies from injuries in Dakar Rally crash French motorcyclist Pierre Cherpin has died from his injuries after a fall during the Dakar Rally, becoming the notoriously perilous race's first fatality this year, organisers said on Friday.
Anxiety turns to despair as pandemic takes toll on France’s ‘ghost students’
Anxiety turns to despair as pandemic takes toll on France’s ‘ghost students’ With French universities in limbo amid the latest resurgence in Covid-19 infections, alarm bells are ringing over the psychological and academic consequences of months of lockdowns, curfews and online teaching for students holed up in cramped dwellings many can ill afford.
Champs-Élysées, shunned by Parisians, to be turned into 'extraordinary garden'
Champs-Élysées, shunned by Parisians, to be turned into 'extraordinary garden' It has been dubbed the "most beautiful avenue in the world", but to many Parisians, the famed Avenue des Champs-Élysées is viewed as nothing more than an overcrowded tourist trap that has seen better days. Now though, plans have been approved to radically transform the avenue into what the Paris Read More
Strengthening French secularism by clamping down on 'separatism'
Strengthening French secularism by clamping down on 'separatism' This week, French Connections focuses on a controversial bill that's soon to be debated in the French parliament. It's aimed at combating extremist ideology and reinforcing the founding principles of the French republic – particularly "laïcité", France's special brand of state secularism. Analysts say it could be one of the most important Read More
French are becoming more accepting of Covid-19 vaccines, says PM
French are becoming more accepting of Covid-19 vaccines, says PM French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday he was happy to see that the Covid-19 vaccination programme was starting to be more widely accepted by French citizens, who are among the most sceptical in the world towards vaccinations. 

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