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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.
Last orders in French southern city of Marseille as bars to close to stop Covid spread
Last orders in French southern city of Marseille as bars to close to stop Covid spread After having been granted a 24-hour extension to keep their doors open, restaurant and bar owners in the southern city of Marseille were forced to shut shop from Sunday night for one week to limit the spread of Covid-19. Few are happy with the move.
Paris goes car-free for a day amid surge in cycling due to coronavirus
Paris goes car-free for a day amid surge in cycling due to coronavirus This year’s car-free day in Paris comes amid a surge in cycling in the French capital, as a growing number of commuters choose to ride a bike instead of taking public transportation out of fear of the coronavirus.
France beefs up security for Jewish holiday in wake of Paris knife attack
France beefs up security for Jewish holiday in wake of Paris knife attack France will deploy 7,000 security forces and police to protect Jewish and other religious sites, its interior minister said, as Jews marked the Yom Kippur holiday, which begins today  Sunda and finishes tomorrow.
Coronavirus could overwhelm France, top doctor warns France will face a months-long coronavirus epidemic that will overwhelm its health system if something does not change, one of the country's top medical figures warned Sunday.
France could be 'overwhelmed' by second Covid-19 wave
France could be 'overwhelmed' by second Covid-19 wave France will face a months-long coronavirus epidemic that will overwhelm its health system if something does not change, one of the country's top medical figures warned Sunday.
European airlines cutting fares to woo back passengers With the coronavirus crisis putting a chill on travel, European airlines are reducing fares to attract passengers and fill the planes that are still flying.
Paris to unveil first public statue to a black woman who challenged slavery
Paris to unveil first public statue to a black woman who challenged slavery Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced plans to build the capital's first statue of a black woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. On Saturday, the city hall inaugurated a park in honour of the woman.
IN DETAIL: These are the new Covid-19 restrictions in Paris As the Covid-19 situation in Paris continues to deteriorate with hospitals coming under increasing pressure, local authorities have published details of extra restrictions on life in the city and its suburbs.
Why finding French friends in France might be trickier than you think So you've moved to France, you've found a place to live, powered through the bureaucracy and now it's time to make some French friends - which is the easy bit, right? Actually maybe not, as British Normandy resident Natasha Alexander explains.
The vital French terms you need to know when buying a house in France Everyone says if you want to buy a house in France, first of all learn the language you are going to need. Here we spell out the key French terms as well as other vital information and advice for when buying and selling a house in France.
France’s coronavirus second wave ‘arriving faster than we thought’
France’s coronavirus second wave ‘arriving faster than we thought’ France will face a months-long coronavirus epidemic that will overwhelm its health system if something does not change, one of the country's top medical figures warned Sunday.
Paris cleaver attack suspect says he acted over Charlie Hebdo cartoons A man suspected of wounding two people with a meat cleaver near the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine has admitted staging the attack, linking it to the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly, sources said Saturday.
Pakistan-born Paris attacker was motivated by Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons
Pakistan-born Paris attacker was motivated by Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons A man suspected of wounding two people with a meat cleaver near the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine has admitted staging the attack, linking it to the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly, sources said Saturday
France records nearly 16,000 single-day spike of new coronavirus cases
France records nearly 16,000 single-day spike of new coronavirus cases France on Friday reported 15, 797 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours. It was slightly less than the previous day's record of over 16,000 infections but serious enough to prompt health officials to confirm an upward trend in Covid-19 and could add weight to calls for stricter measures. Read More
Police detain 7 suspects over Paris knife attack near former offices of Charlie Hebdo
Police detain 7 suspects over Paris knife attack near former offices of Charlie Hebdo French police have detained a former flatmate of a man arrested over a knife attack near the former offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left two wounded, bringing the total number of people in custody to seven.
Suspect in Paris knife attack confesses to stabbings
Suspect in Paris knife attack confesses to stabbings A Pakistan-born teenager has admitted to stabbing two people with a meat cleaver outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, investigators said Saturday, with nine people now detained over what the government condemned as "Islamist terror".
Catch-22 for car-crazy Parisian drivers who also want less traffic
Catch-22 for car-crazy Parisian drivers who also want less traffic While cars and scooters will be banned in Paris for this Sunday’s “Journée Sans Voitures”, the very next day a staggering 47 percent of parents will get behind the wheel to ferry their children to the region’s schools.
Coronavirus cases pass 500,000 in France, restaurant owners in Marseille protest closures
Coronavirus cases pass 500,000 in France, restaurant owners in Marseille protest closures The number of coronavirus cases in France has passed 500,000, authorities said on Friday after recording a near-record daily jump in infections. Meanwhile, hundreds of restaurant and bar owners in the virus-hit city of Marseille took to the streets to protest a government order to close their businesses to stop Read More
Knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices: A Paris district resigned to violence
Knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices: A Paris district resigned to violence Police officers started removing the red and white barrier tape on the Boulevard Richard Lenoir, about five hours after a knife attack near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Journalist Paul Moreira witnesses knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo's former building
Journalist Paul Moreira witnesses knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo's former building Journalist and documentary filmmaker Paul Moreira witnessed the knife attack as it happened outside his office at lunchtime on Friday. Two of his colleagues were struck by the attackers. He spoke to FRANCE 24.
Norwegian court approves French request to extradite 1982 Paris attack suspect
Norwegian court approves French request to extradite 1982 Paris attack suspect A Norwegian court on Friday approved an extradition request from France for a suspect linked to an attack in a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris in 1982.
Norway agrees to extradite suspect in 1982 Paris Jewish area attack
Norway agrees to extradite suspect in 1982 Paris Jewish area attack A Norwegian court on Friday approved an extradition request from France for a suspect linked to an attack in a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris in 1982.
Second suspect arrested after knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo offices [Updates]
Second suspect arrested after knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo offices [Updates] A man wielding a knife seriously wounded two people in Paris on Friday in a suspected terror attack outside the former offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, three weeks into the trial of suspected accomplices in the 2015 massacre of the newspaper's staff.
French police detain main suspect in ‘symbolic’ attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office
French police detain main suspect in ‘symbolic’ attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation after two people were wounded in a knife attack in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The suspected perpetrator, as well as six other men, have been taken into custody.
France and the US: Best frenemies?
France and the US: Best frenemies? France and the United States have been allies for centuries. Despite the mutual affection and fascination, they can also rub each other up the wrong way. How much of this is due to subtleties getting lost in translation and how much of it is because of fundamental cultural differences? In this Read More
Prime Minister's closure of Marseille bars to be challenged in court
Prime Minister's closure of Marseille bars to be challenged in court As anger continues to grow against the French government's decision to close all bars and restaurants in the southern metropolitan area between Marseille and Aix in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, the president of the regional council has announced his decision to challenge the closure in the Read More
‘Elegance and finesse’: Eiffel Tower wine cellar bears fruit as merlot debuts
‘Elegance and finesse’: Eiffel Tower wine cellar bears fruit as merlot debuts In 2017, winemakers Domaine de la Bouche du roi decided to plant a vineyard in the Paris suburb of Versailles. The wine project is now starting to bear fruit, helped along by a partnership with the most iconic Parisian brand of all: The Eiffel Tower.
French medical society calls for mandatory flu vaccines for health care workers
French medical society calls for mandatory flu vaccines for health care workers With Covid-19 cases increasing, France’s National Academy of Medicine has called for the mandatory vaccination of care providers against the seasonal flu to avoid compromising the health care system, raising a debate about medical ethics.
France records highest ever number of daily Covid-19 infections
France records highest ever number of daily Covid-19 infections France’s latest figures show that 16,096 people were infected with the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, an increase of 3,024 cases compared to the previous day. Thursday's number is the highest ever in France since the start of the pandemic. The number of Covid-19 deaths in hospital rose to Read More

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