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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.
Macron gives ground to allies in unpopular pension reform bid
Macron gives ground to allies in unpopular pension reform bid President Emmanuel Macron's government on Sunday offered a concession on contested French pension reforms, seeking to shore up support from prospective right-wing allies ahead of the parliamentary debate.
PM Borne offers to tweak contested pension reform to secure votes from the right
PM Borne offers to tweak contested pension reform to secure votes from the right French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has offered a concession on the government's controversial pension overhaul in a bid to win conservatives support as MPs begin discussing the bill on Monday.
Will raising retirement age solve France’s problem with employing seniors?
Will raising retirement age solve France’s problem with employing seniors? A quarter of France's unemployed are over the age of 50, and there are concerns that raising the retirement age – as the government wants to do with its latest pension reform – will further aggravate the problem. But research suggests this may not necessarily happen, and the number of older people Read More
What to expect from Tuesday's strike in France
What to expect from Tuesday's strike in France February 7th marks the third day of mass strike action in the ongoing battle between the French government and unions over pension reform. From planes and trains to school, ski lifts and power cuts - here's what to expect on Tuesday.
Where does the 'romantic, sexy French' stereotype come from?
Where does the 'romantic, sexy French' stereotype come from? One of the most enduring stereotypes about the French is that they are romantic, charming, seductive and just downright sexy. We know this label can't possibly apply to an entire nation - but where does the image come from? And how do the French themselves feel about it?
Utility bills, ‘sexy’ myths and French seasons: 6 essential articles for life in France
Utility bills, ‘sexy’ myths and French seasons: 6 essential articles for life in France What to look for in your next electricity bill, the truth about the ‘sexy' French, renting out your holiday home and Constitutional change - everything you need to know about life in France is in our round-up of must-reads in The Local
Burkina junta chief denies diplomatic split from France
Burkina junta chief denies diplomatic split from France Burkina Faso's junta leader said on Friday his country had not severed diplomatic ties with France, which he has asked to withdraw its forces, and denied Russian Wagner mercenaries were in the country.
France to send missile systems to Ukraine
France to send missile systems to Ukraine France and Italy have agreed to deliver mobile surface-to-air missile systems to Ukraine, the French defence ministry said on Friday.
Paris Olympics chief organiser says athletes shouldn't 'suffer' in Russia row
Paris Olympics chief organiser says athletes shouldn't 'suffer' in Russia row The president of the 2024 Paris Olympics organising committee on Friday said athletes should not "suffer" from decisions they do not control amid an escalating row over allowing Russians and Belarusians to compete.
What changes in France in February 2023?
What changes in France in February 2023? From the carnival of lemons and pancake day to rising bills for homes and drivers and - of course - strikes, here is what is on the agenda for February 2023 in France.
ANALYSIS: Who is winning the battle over French pension reform?
ANALYSIS: Who is winning the battle over French pension reform? As the French government and unions continue their increasingly bitter struggle over pension reform, John Lichfield looks at who is winning the battle for public opinion and which side will back down first.
PODCAST: Pension strikes to intensify, Vendée rebels and the myth of the 'sexy French'
PODCAST: Pension strikes to intensify, Vendée rebels and the myth of the 'sexy French' The Talking France podcast is back looking at two enduring stereotypes about the French - rudeness and sexy charm - as well as the latest on the pension strikes, the theme park that's causing a political row and how French pensions work for foreigners.
Inside France: Dossiers, dentures and the trauma of French deportations
Inside France: Dossiers, dentures and the trauma of French deportations From the darkest period of France's history to the increasingly weird discourse around pensions, via sex and bureaucracy, our weekly newsletter Inside France looks at what we have been talking about in France this week.
France knocks down seaside building symbolic of coastal erosion
France knocks down seaside building symbolic of coastal erosion French authorities on Friday started demolishing a seaside block of flats that has come to symbolise the country's battle against climate change-linked coastal erosion.
France hopes to replace Notre-Dame's spire by the end of 2023
France hopes to replace Notre-Dame's spire by the end of 2023 Notre-Dame cathedral, badly damaged by fire in 2019, should reopen by the end of 2024, according to France's Culture Ministry – too late for the Paris Olympics. The cathedral's distrinctive spire should nonetheless be back in place by the end of this year.
France destroys seaside flats threatened by coastal erosion
France destroys seaside flats threatened by coastal erosion French authorities on Friday started demolishing a seaside block of flats that has come to symbolise the country's battle against climate change-linked coastal erosion.
Pension reform in France: Does Emmanuel Macron's proposal penalise women?
Pension reform in France: Does Emmanuel Macron's proposal penalise women? France arguably has one of Europe's most generous retirement systems. As a case in point, over one million people have already protested Emmanuel Macron's controversial pension reform plan. As lawmakers and experts begin debating the text, some economists argue it will further deepen the gender pension gap. We also take a Read More
Paris bakers bounce back with sharp rise in number of city boulangeries
Paris bakers bounce back with sharp rise in number of city boulangeries If you’ve convinced yourself that the delicious and tempting aroma of baking bread seems a little more pronounced in Paris then your scent suspicions are accurate, according to new figures showing a strong growth in the number of boulangeries in the capital.
Notre-Dame Cathedral to regain spire this year, reopen by end of 2024
Notre-Dame Cathedral to regain spire this year, reopen by end of 2024 Notre-Dame Cathedral's spire will be back in place by the end of the year, but a full reopening following the devastating fire of 2019 will not happen before next year's Paris Olympic Games.
France arrests fugitive Italian mafia killer found posing as pizza chef
France arrests fugitive Italian mafia killer found posing as pizza chef A convicted Italian killer, believed to belong to one of Italy's most powerful mafia organisations, was arrested in France on Thursday after 16 years on the run, according to international police agency Interpol.
France's nuclear energy future tabled at Elysée Palace talks
France's nuclear energy future tabled at Elysée Palace talks Emmanuel Macron has convened a meeting with his nuclear policy advisors to keep up with the pace of the accelerated revival of the industry, coming one year after the French head of state announced the need for a new direction regarding atomic power in the face of energy and climate Read More
Netanyahu visits France amid spike in Middle East tensions
Netanyahu visits France amid spike in Middle East tensions Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with France’s president, business leaders and members of France’s Jewish community during a trip to Paris starting Thursday that has angered Palestinian supporters amid a new spasm of violence in the Mideast.
War of words marks 80th anniversary of Russian victory in Stalingrad
War of words marks 80th anniversary of Russian victory in Stalingrad As Russian President Vladimir Putin attends World War II commemorations in southern Russia, on the 80th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in Stalingrad, Europe continues to support Ukraine in the war against Russian invaders.
Paris Perspective #38: Cryptocurrency and the Web3 revolution – Raphaël Bloch
Paris Perspective #38: Cryptocurrency and the Web3 revolution – Raphaël Bloch In this edition of Paris Perspective, we delve into the roller-coaster world of cryptocurrencies, the Wild West of the Web3 revolution, and ask what we can expect in the brave new world of unregulated trading in virtual money.
French Foreign Minister visits Mideast in bid to reinforce regional friendships
French Foreign Minister visits Mideast in bid to reinforce regional friendships French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna is in Riyadh this Thursday as part of a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a bid to strengthen partnerships in the Middle East amid regional and international instability.
France a step closer to adding abortion rights to constitution
France a step closer to adding abortion rights to constitution The French Senate has voted to include the right to abortion in the constitution, allowing the process to continue, though the path to a constitutional amendment is long.
France's contested pension reform bill headed for parliamentary debate
France's contested pension reform bill headed for parliamentary debate A French parliamentary commission ended its examination of the government’s contested pension reform bill on Wednesday evening without having reached the end of the text because of thousands of proposed amendments. The original text is to be debated in the full chamber starting Monday.
Pension reform poses biggest challenge to Macron’s legacy as a reformer
Pension reform poses biggest challenge to Macron’s legacy as a reformer A feeling of déjà vu pervaded the French capital on Monday as hundreds of thousands of protesters unfurled their posters and strikes paralysed public transport in opposition to the government’s announced pension reform. The proposed changes, a cornerstone of Macron's reform agenda but also a high-stakes test of his reputation Read More
Ukraine lauds French gift of radar system as 'cherry on the cake'
Ukraine lauds French gift of radar system as 'cherry on the cake' Ukraine's defence minister said Wednesday that Ukrainian lives will be saved by a sophisticated air-defence radar that France is supplying and which is powerful enough to spot incoming missiles and exploding drones in the skies over all of Ukraine's capital and its surrounding region. Read our live blog to see how Read More

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