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THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE
THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE

Latest News and Information

The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
EXPLAINED: The new rules on VAT on parcels in France
EXPLAINED: The new rules on VAT on parcels in France Since July 1st, people receiving packages shipped to France from outside the EU - which, of course, now includes the UK - may have noticed some surprising new charges.
The 5 French habits that everyone should adopt
The 5 French habits that everyone should adopt After a year in Paris, British student Stephanie Stacey is heading home. She looks back on what she has learned, and which French habits she will definitely be hanging on to.
The voices of the accused are heard at the Paris November 2015 terror trial
The voices of the accused are heard at the Paris November 2015 terror trial On the sixth day of their trial on terrorism offences, linked to the 13th of November 2015 attacks in Paris which cost 130 people their lives, the 14 accused were asked to give a brief reaction to the charges they face.
Thinking of setting up a business in France? Here's where to look for help
Thinking of setting up a business in France? Here's where to look for help Starting your own new business in France can be a stressful affair - but you don't have to be on your own, as one British entrepreneur explained.
France up in arms over prospect of Russian mercenaries training soldiers in Mali
France up in arms over prospect of Russian mercenaries training soldiers in Mali Russian mercenaries may soon be training Malian soldiers under a deal – not yet signed – that would significantly weaken French influence in the region. 
France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay
France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday.
'Not too complicated but quite expensive' - getting a French visa as a Brit
'Not too complicated but quite expensive' - getting a French visa as a Brit Following Brexit, UK nationals enter the world of visas and residency permits if they want to move to France. We asked British journalist and recent successful visa applicant Joseph Keen to talk us through the process.
France's one-off €100 energy grant for low-income households
France's one-off €100 energy grant for low-income households In response to rising energy prices, the French government is set to announce that 5.8 million households will receive additional help towards their bills in December. Here's who qualifies.
Hackers steal Covid test data of 1.4 million people from Paris hospital system
Hackers steal Covid test data of 1.4 million people from Paris hospital system Hackers stole the personal data of around 1.4 million people who took Covid-19 tests in the Paris region in the middle of 2020. The hack of a service of the Paris public hospital system, AP-HP, is the latest in a growing number of cyberattacks on French health institutions and Covid Read More
LATEST: Marks and Spencer closes French stores blaming Brexit problems
LATEST: Marks and Spencer closes French stores blaming Brexit problems British retail giant Marks and Spencer has confirmed that it is closing 11 of its French stores, saying Brexit had made it 'near impossible' to maintain supplies.
EXPLAINED: Is your name 'French enough' for France?
EXPLAINED: Is your name 'French enough' for France? A new web tool allows people living in France to check if their first name is 'French enough' and suggests a Francophone alternative for people with unacceptably foreign names.
RFI English responds to the GDPR
RFI English responds to the GDPR France Médias Monde is committed to respecting the exercising of all of the rights of its customers, prospects, and visitors, with regard to access, correction, additional information and objection.
OPINION: 24 years after I first reported on wolves in France, they are at my door in Normandy
OPINION: 24 years after I first reported on wolves in France, they are at my door in Normandy As a newly-arrived reporter in France in the 1990s, John Lichfield wrote about the new introduction of wolves to the French Alps. Twenty four years later, they have arrived in his home region of Normandy.
3,000 unvaccinated French healthcare workers suspended from work
3,000 unvaccinated French healthcare workers suspended from work A total of 3,000 French health workers have been suspended from work and several dozen have resigned as enforcement begins of compulsory vaccination for healthcare staff in France.
France 'stabbed in back' by Australia over submarine deal, says minister
France 'stabbed in back' by Australia over submarine deal, says minister France's foreign minister expressed his anger on Thursday over Australia's surprise decision to scrap a huge submarines deal in favour of nuclear-powered subs from the US.
French farmer filmed in underpants confronting conservationists wins €10k in privacy claim
French farmer filmed in underpants confronting conservationists wins €10k in privacy claim A French farmer who became an internet sensation after being pictured storming out of his house in his underpants brandishing a spade to ward off bird conservationists won €10,000 in damages from French television on Wednesday.
Hackers steal data of 1.4 million people who took Covid tests in France
Hackers steal data of 1.4 million people who took Covid tests in France Hackers stole the personal data of around 1.4 million people who took Covid-19 tests in France in 2020, hospital officials disclosed on Wednesday.
Fighting to end death penalty worldwide 40 years after its abolition in France
Fighting to end death penalty worldwide 40 years after its abolition in France Forty years after giving a speech that lead to the end of the death penalty in France, former Justice minister Robert Badinter continues to fight for the abolition of capital punishment around the world.
Paris attacker rants in trial that France 'knew risks' of striking jihadists in Syria
Paris attacker rants in trial that France 'knew risks' of striking jihadists in Syria The sole survivor of the jihadist cell that killed 130 people in Paris six years ago Wednesday claimed France "knew the risks" of attacking jihadist targets in Syria, as he spoke out again one week into the trial into France's worst postwar atrocity.
Tears, outrage as suspect tells terror trial France was responsible for carnage
Tears, outrage as suspect tells terror trial France was responsible for carnage Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the terrorist squads which murdered 130 people in the French capital six years ago, told the court he acted as "an authentic Muslim" to avenge the women and children being bombed by French planes in Syria. 
French government to announce emergency status for flood-hit south
French government to announce emergency status for flood-hit south Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday that a state of emergency for natural disaster would be recognised next week in the Gard department in the south east of France after violent storms caused major damage.
French healthcare spending reached record lows during 2020 Covid pandemic
French healthcare spending reached record lows during 2020 Covid pandemic France spent barely more on healthcare in 2020 than it did in 2019, despite – or because of – the Covid epidemic. While some sectors saw an increase, overall healthcare spending hit a record low.
Report points to excessive police violence, illegal use of force at rave party
Report points to excessive police violence, illegal use of force at rave party A new report by Amnesty International has put the spotlight on the abusive and illegal use of force by French police during the Teknival rave in Redon, Brittany last June. Dozens were injured in the crackdown on the partygoers and organisers, with one participant losing his hand as police used teargas and Read More
The Paris attacks seen through the eyes of Belgian investigators
The Paris attacks seen through the eyes of Belgian investigators The director of the investigation into the Belgian links to the November 2015 Paris attacks told the court on Tuesday that it was "the toughest case" she had ever worked on. She also praised the exceptional collaboration between France and Belgium to track down the killers.
French vaccine mandate for healthcare workers takes effect
French vaccine mandate for healthcare workers takes effect The French government faces a stand-off with tens of thousands of health workers and carers Wednesday over a new rule requiring them to receive a Covid-19 vaccine or face suspension without pay. 
France's Sainte-Baume, a lush oasis in the heart of Provence
France's Sainte-Baume, a lush oasis in the heart of Provence Close to the Mediterranean Sea in southern France and not far from the Alps, the regional natural park of Sainte-Baume benefits from a unique ecosystem. Since time immemorial, humans have lived in this area. They have long enjoyed its natural riches, from its forest to its water. FRANCE 24 takes you to Read More
Macron proposes plan for parliamentary oversight of police following abuse claims
Macron proposes plan for parliamentary oversight of police following abuse claims French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday measures to make the police more transparent about wrongdoings, including the publication of internal investigation reports and the creation of a parliamentary monitoring body, in efforts to improve public confidence eroded by scandals in recent years.
France gears up for 2022: Who's going to take on Macron?
France gears up for 2022: Who's going to take on Macron? In seven months from now, people across France will be heading to the polls to vote in presidential elections, which will determine whether President Emmanuel Macron becomes the country's third consecutive one-term head of state, or whether he will manage to do what his two predecessors failed to achieve and win a second term. Read More

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