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French pensions protests - Macron’s moment of truth French President Emmanuel Macron faced his toughest challenge yet on Thursday as a nationwide strike challenging his pension reform crippled much of the country. Already weakened by months of often-violent Yellow Vest protests, experts question whether he will be able to push through one of his key campaign pledges.
Unions in France extend strikes as 800,000 people march against pension reforms Tens of thousands of French workers took to the streets on Thursday to protest at planned pension reforms causing severe transport disruption that is set to be extended into Friday.
French unions count on mass protests to force pensions U-turn A national strike by French transport workers has brought the country to a virtual standstill. All seven unions are united against Emmanuel Macron's pension reform programme and predict the biggest demonstration in 25 years.
Striking not even an option for overstretched Paris Fire Brigade As a nationwide transport strike makes it difficult for French people to get to work, one group of workers remain on the frontline: the "sapeurs-pompiers" or firefighting paramedics, who make up the backbone of the French capital's emergency services. The overstretched Paris brigade of 8,000 firefighters respond to half a million calls every year, many ...

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Prints of Provence: “Les Indiennes” colourful fabrics

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
How could a fabric that originated in India, was copied by Armenians and outlawed in France, become a symbol of Provence? The kaleidoscope of cotton fabrics that punctuate the Provençal markets today just seem to shout “southern France”. They are decorated with cicadas, olives and flowers in colours that reflect the local…
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Mimosa Matters fundraising: past, present and future

in Community by Karen Hockney
Five years ago, Mimosa Matters started life as a conversation over coffee among a group of female expats who had all been touched by cancer and were keen to make a difference to the community they live in. Today, this association has raised almost a quarter of a million euros through a variety of innovative and fun events,…

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Christmas Events

Fri Dec 06 @18:00
RIS Christmas Concert, Valbonne
Get into the spirit of Christmas with Riviera International Singers Christmas Concert in Valbonne St. Blaise Church, rue de la Par...
Sat Dec 07 @17:00
Sweet Seven Christmas Concert, Beaulieu-sur-Mer
A Christmas evening around the fire with the vocal group Sweet Seven at St Michael's Church, Beaulieu-sur-Mer. This most original ...
Fri Dec 13 @20:00
RIS Christmas Concert, Antibes
The Riviera International Singers will give a Christmas Concert in Antibes Cathedral. All proceeds from the concert go to the Anti...
Sat Dec 14 @17:00
Sweet Seven Christmas Concert, Mouans-Sartoux
A Christmas evening around the fire with the vocal group Sweet Seven at St Andre Church, Mouans-Sartoux. This most original close-...

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Fri Dec 06
Art Exhibition: “The Key to History”, Villefranche
To 12 January 2020, the large exhibition halls of the Citadelle of Villefranche-sur-Mer will host a spectacular and very special e...
Fri Dec 06 @13:00
Exhibition: “Artistes + Science”, Monaco
The Monegasque Committee of the AIAP presents a selection of works on the theme “Artists + Science”, with drawings, paintings, pho...
Thu Dec 12 @19:30
International School of Nice: “West Side Story”
ISN's West Side Story promises to be a wonderful fusion of song, dance and theatre for all the family. West Side Story is a modern...