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Aujourd’hui: What’s happening in France on Monday

Welcome to Today in France, our daily roundup of the news, talking points and latest info from France.

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Monday
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French teaching unions have called for a nationwide strike tomorrow in protest at the anti-Covid measures, which they say are too lax. Since the beginning of the pandemic, France's schools have seen a range of different measures from total shutdown to a mixture of in-person and online teaching, as well as strict rules on mask-wearing in class.

The strike comes as the health situation in France becomes increasingly grim, and over the weekend deaths from Covid-19 topped 40,000. We've been looking a little more closely at the latest numbers so here’s a more detailed breakdown of the data on deaths, hospitalisations and case numbers.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe is normally the site of a military parade on November 11th. Photo: AFP

Health measures and lockdown also mean that France’s Armistice Day commemorations on Wednesday will be greatly scaled down, although the day is still a public holiday. If you want to pay your respects anyway, you can make a donation online or wear a bleuet (cornflower) which is the traditional flower of remembrance in France.

In the news

The shooting of a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon – initially feared to be a terrorist attack – has been revealed to be the result of a domestic dispute with the shooter alleging that the priest had had an affair with his wife.

“The priest is very into sex, and he is very adventurous with the ladies,” a police source close to the inquiry told French daily Le Parisien.

Around the world

Of the course the big news of the weekend came from across the Atlantic, Emmanuel Macron has congratulated US president-elect Joe Biden on his election victory, while many politicians in Paris have also said 'welcome back' – a reference to Biden's pledge to return America to the Paris Accord to deal with climate change.

 

On the web

And video clip of the weekend has to be this one, of the guy dubbed ‘Omelette Man’ crashing a French TV interview.

 

I defy anyone to watch that clip without a smile, but it’s also reawakened an old question – why do people think that the French go ‘hon hon hon’ when they laugh?

Language learning

And our French word of the day is a great phrase for when people will just not give up, so that might also be applicable to a certain figure on the world stage.

For more French words, phrases and colloquialisms, head to our Word of the Day section.
 
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Today in France: What are the top stories on Wednesday

Welcome to the roundup of latest news and talking points in France today.

Today in France: What are the top stories on Wednesday
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France has now reopened its border with the UK, but only to certain groups of travellers. Here’s who can travel to France from the UK and the documents they need to travel with.

And as well as its virus mutation, the UK also seems to have suffered from an outbreak of French-bashing. 

 

Here’s John Lichfield wearily looking back at his 24 years of covering France and seeing this nonsense, as well as examining why this type of xenophobia is not reciprocated by the French. 

Crime

Thee police officers have died after being shot by a man who was holding a woman hostage. The man himself was later found dead, after setting fire to the house in Puy-de-Dôme in central France.

Health

France’s health minister has moved to reassure people that having the Covid-19 vaccine will not be a requirement for accessing services like public transport. This comes after a health bill that stirred controversy – the bill has now been taken off the parliamentary schedule.

Work

France has also made some changes to its labour laws for 2021 – here’s how that could affect you.

Weather

Weather forecasters are predicting late snowfalls for a white Christmas in parts of France.

 

Macron

And in case anyone was worrying about France's Covid-infected president, he is 'doing better' according to his office. Prime Minister Jean Castex, who had been self-isolating since Macron's diagnosis, today tested negative for Covid-19 and can resume his duties in person.

 
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