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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.
European countries face slower vaccination as Johnson & Johnson delays rollout Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson is to delay the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine in Europe due to concerns over rare potential side effects detected in the United States.
French patients with 'long Covid' face uphill battle to recovery
French patients with 'long Covid' face uphill battle to recovery Jennifer and Matthieu, sufferers of 'long Covid', have a lot in common. They're both in their mid-thirties, caught Covid-19 in March 2020, and suffered mild flu-like symptoms at the time. They have both seen their lives turned upside down as they've since struggled with long-term symptoms, including difficulty breathing, trouble concentrating and chest Read More
France suspends all Brazil flights over Covid-19 variant fears
France suspends all Brazil flights over Covid-19 variant fears France is suspending all flights to and from Brazil to curb the spread of a new Covid-19 variant found in the South American country, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday.
French Senate approves toughened version of bill accused of stigmatising Islam
French Senate approves toughened version of bill accused of stigmatising Islam France’s right-wing majority Senate has approved proposals including expanded bans on religious symbols and clothing in a set of new draft laws to counter what President Emmanuel Macron has called Islamist separatism. Critics say the new measures, which may not be included in the final version, discriminate against Muslims. Read More
'We've lost at least 70,000 bottles' - French winemakers count the cost of late frosts Standing on a steep narrow path amid rows of vines, Michael Gerin wonders whether any of this year's harvest can be salvaged. The worst spring frost in decades has killed off most of the shoots, and the weather forecast is not promising.
France suspends all flights to and from Brazil over Covid variant fears France is suspending all flights to and from Brazil to curb the spread of a new Covid-19 variant found in the South American country, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former bodyguard to be tried for assault
Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former bodyguard to be tried for assault French President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla has been ordered to stand trial for assault, three years after he was caught on camera punching protesters while working for the presidency. 
Macron's ex-bodyguard to be tried for assault in France French President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla has been ordered to stand trial for assault, AFP learned Tuesday, three years after he was caught on camera hitting protesters while working for the presidency.
The French tax calendar for 2021 - which taxes are due when? The French government has released the tax deadlines for 2021. These are the dates to keep in mind.
‘I pray for a miracle’: Frenchman fights to be repatriated from Turkish prison
‘I pray for a miracle’: Frenchman fights to be repatriated from Turkish prison The Istanbul Criminal Court sentenced Fabien Azoulay to 16 years and eight months in prison in 2017. His lawyers and relatives have been fighting ever since to have him repatriated to France. They have now decided now to publicise his case to put pressure on the French government.
Ask the expert: How to fill out each section of the French tax declaration Tax declarations in France are now open and almost everyone who lives here, as well as some who live outside France, have to fill in the declaration form. The process itself can be complicated if you're not used to it, so Jill Starley-Grainger asked chartered accountant Faten Amamou for her Read More
French homeschooling platform hit by hackers from Russia, China
French homeschooling platform hit by hackers from Russia, China Hackers operating from Russia and China targeted France's homeschooling platform which crashed at the start of a nationwide lockdown last week, investigators said Monday.
OPINION: The 'secret dinners' scandal has tapped into two French obsessions - food and elitism Every country has its own sources of blind hysteria, writes John Lichfield. In the United States, they are guns and religion. In Britain, amongst many other things, they are animals and the Royal Family.
Facebook deletes (and then restores) the French town of Bitche's page The north-eastern French town of Bitche had its official Facebook page removed without any explanation - although many have supposed the reason is its somewhat unfortunate name.
Salary hike for French public service health workers, exhausted by Covid battle
Salary hike for French public service health workers, exhausted by Covid battle Nearly half-a-million nurses, nursing assistants and other paramedical staff in the French public hospital system will see their salary scales boosted from 1 October next, according to the French Health Minister, Olivier Véran. The increases were agreed with the major hospital trade unions last July, and are expected to cost Read More
French phrase of the day: Changement d'échelle If you're a DIY enthusiast you might already know the word échelle, but this phrase does not involve any real ladders.
The mayor of Nice explains why his is the most 'British' town in France The City of Nice is probably the most British of all French cities, writes the resort's mayor Christian Estrosi.
'Vaccidrive' - France opens first drive-in vaccination centre to boost Covid jabs France's first vaccine drive-in opened on Tuesday, the latest step to speed up the Covid vaccine rollout in the hope of beginning to reopen the country in mid-May.
Police fine dozens at clandestine restaurants flouting Covid lockdown
Police fine dozens at clandestine restaurants flouting Covid lockdown Paris police said they fined more than 100 diners at a clandestine restaurant flouting coronavirus restrictions last weekend. They arrested the event organiser. A further 62 participants were arrested having lunch at another illegal eatery in the up-market Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen.
Napoleon’s 200-year-old US link to be highlighted in New Jersey museum
Napoleon’s 200-year-old US link to be highlighted in New Jersey museum Nearly two hundred years after the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, Point Breeze, the former US estate of his older brother, Joseph, is to become part of New Jersey’s state's park system. The estate will also be home to a museum dedicated to the French emperor’s older brother and his life and Read More
France to ban short domestic flights in a bid to reduce climate emissions A new French law will abolish domestic flights on trips that can be done by train in less than two-and-a-half hours, in a bid to help France reach its climate goals.
Man killed and security guard injured in 'settling of scores' outside Paris hospital A man has died while a female security guard was seriously injured in a shooting outside a Paris hospital on Monday.
Man shot dead outside Paris hospital in apparent 'targeted killing'
Man shot dead outside Paris hospital in apparent 'targeted killing' An unidentified gunman calmly shot dead a man and badly injured a woman outside a Paris hospital on Monday before fleeing the scene on a scooter, police and witnesses said.
Treasures of the volcanoes: France's Auvergne mountains
Treasures of the volcanoes: France's Auvergne mountains Located in central France, the Regional Natural Park of the Auvergne, with its 400,000 hectares, is the largest volcanic ensemble in Europe. In July 2018, UNESCO listed the Chaîne des Puys mountains range as a world heritage site. Since then, a whole population has been striving to preserve this priceless heritage. We Read More
French residents 55 and over now eligible for Covid-19 vaccines
French residents 55 and over now eligible for Covid-19 vaccines French nationals and residents 55 and above will have access to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines starting Monday, French Health Minister Olivier Véran said over the weekend. France is also prolonging the period between the first and second shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Read More
Kidnapped Catholic clergy, including French citizens, held for $1 million ransom in Haiti
Kidnapped Catholic clergy, including French citizens, held for $1 million ransom in Haiti Seven Catholic clergy, including two French citizens, were kidnapped Sunday in Haiti, said the spokesman of the Bishop's Conference for the island nation, which has been rocked by unrest.
Restoring Notre-Dame Cathedral: Specialists tackle famous stained-glass windows
Restoring Notre-Dame Cathedral: Specialists tackle famous stained-glass windows Two years after a devastating blaze ripped through Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, specialists are examining the cathedral's famous centuries-old stained-glass windows ahead of their restoration.
Top French publishing house asks would-be authors to stop sending manuscripts
Top French publishing house asks would-be authors to stop sending manuscripts Stop sending us your manuscripts! That’s the message that French publishing house Gallimard sent out to would-be authors in April, after receiving a deluge of submissions.
France extends gap between mRNA vaccine shots to accelerate rollout
France extends gap between mRNA vaccine shots to accelerate rollout France will lengthen the period between the first and second shots of mRNA anti-COVID vaccines to six weeks from four weeks  as of April 14 to accelerate the inoculation campaign, Health Minister Olivier Veran told the JDD newspaper on Sunday. 

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