Gorgeous pics to prove spring has finally sprung in France

France isn't known for having particularly extreme winters, but even so, the increasingly longer days and the first signs of the new season are more than welcome.

Gorgeous pics to prove spring has finally sprung in France
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Although some parts of the country might still be holding onto winter, it seems like le printemps has well and truly arrived in France. And despite the occasional hail and gusting wind storm, it sure looks good.

Check out some of our favorite recent Instagram snaps showing la belle France in her spring finest. 

And don't forget to follow us on Instagram @TheLocalFrance.



A photo posted by on Nov 2, 2015 at 11:06am PST

Loire Valley


A photo posted by Village to Villa (@villagetovilla) on Mar 21, 2016 at 1:04am PDT



Salles-la-Source, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées



A photo posted by Voyages madame K (@flowersvoyage) on Mar 1, 2016 at 9:40am PST

Annecy, Haute Savoie


A photo posted by Sandra Patapiene (@fotoidile) on Mar 30, 2016 at 1:42am PDT

St. Paul de Vence, Alpes-Maritime


Pale and soft magnolia blossoms in La Perrière, the heart of Le Perche #orne #normandy #springinnormandy

A photo posted by @cambridge_blue on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:38am PDT

Le Perche, Normandy



A photo posted by @seemyparis on Mar 24, 2016 at 5:24am PDT

The Marais, Paris

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Residents of picturesque Paris street demand gates to keep out Instagrammers

Picturesque Rue Cremieux in Paris has become such a draw for Instagrammers that the street's residents have asked for gates to keep out the 'influencers', yogis and fashionistas who keep showing up at their doors.

Residents of picturesque Paris street demand gates to keep out Instagrammers
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Its colourful houses, cobbled streets and the fact that it is car-free, may well make Rue Cremieux seem like the dream Paris street to live on. 

And perhaps it was, at least until Instagram came along. 

The pretty street, located near Bastille and Gare de Lyon in the 12th arrondissement, is definitely one of the Paris streets you should walk down, but since becoming one of Europe's most popular spots to secure that perfect selfie, residents have had enough, France Info has reported.

In fact, they have gone as far as asking the City of Paris to protect their privacy by installing gates at either end of the street to keep these pesky influencers at bay. 

And a quick look at the Instagram and Twitter accounts created by a local resident to show just how bad it is — each with the tagline 'Shit people do Rue Cremieux' — will show you why.

From hen and wedding parties crowding the tiny street, to yoga aficionados posing directly in front of their doors and fashion shoots, it's no wonder the people living there never get a moment's peace.

Just take a look:











Quand tu changes une ampoule imaginaire dans la rue. ?? #ruecrémieux #paris #igersparis #france

A post shared by Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) on Feb 18, 2017 at 6:08am PST






Ça a changé le Carnaval de Rio #shitpeopledoruecremieux #ruecremieux #paris

A post shared by Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) on Jun 10, 2018 at 3:43am PDT

Antoine, who lives on rue Crémieux told France Info, that the street’s popularity has an impact on the simplest of every day activities. 
“We sit down to eat and just outside we have people taking photos—rappers who take two hours to film a video right beneath the window, or bachelorette parties who scream for an hour. Frankly, it’s exhausting,” he said. 
And it isn't a rare occurrence. In fact, #ruecremieux is linked to over 31,000 images. 
According to the residents the situation really gets out of hand in the evenings and at weekends while during the day tourists tend to be more respectful. 
Meanwhile the local authorities are trying to come up with a solution before the summer so it seems the residents will have to put up with a lot more disruption before they find out if they will get their gates.