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

Welcome to the round-up of events, latest news and gossip in France today.

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Friday
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Prime Minister Jean Castex pay tribute to the victims of the Bataclan November terror attacks in 2015. Photo: AFP

France has today been looking back five years to November 13th 2020, when a devastating series of terror attacks in Paris, including at the Bataclan concert hall, took 130 lives.

Memorials were scaled back because of the health crisis, but heartfelt.

 

Health crisis

Lockdown is continuing for at least another 15 days, France’s prime minister announced last night, while outlining the latest health data that sees a new Covid patient admitted to hospital every 30 seconds in France. One in four deaths in the country is now Covid-related.

But Castex also gave some indication on what will happen into December and over the Christmas period.

Police checks on lockdown rules are being stepped up across France, and they probably won't all be as cute as this scene below from Strasbourg.

 

Schools

There was also an announcement for French schools, some of which will be allowed to move up to half of their teaching online.

This comes just a week after most of the 2021 baccalaureate exams were scrapped.

Gossip

We're not usually ones to spread tittle-tattle, but some sections of the French media are reporting that former president François Hollande has acquired himself another glamorous younger partner.

 

Product recall

If you're recently bought items in France containing sesame seeds, check the packet – there has been a major product recall of items containing sesame.

Moving to France

Teaching English is naturally a popular job for Anglophones in France, so we’re looking at how to get onto one of the teaching programmes that gives you a working visa.

We’ve also been speaking to a real estate agent about the likely hotspots for property in France in 2021 and the rising trend of people buying rural retreats to escape lockdown.

If you’re moving to the countryside and intending to work, however, one crucial thing to know is how the local phone and internet connections work – here’s a map of all the ‘dead zones’ in France.

Language

And our French word of the Day is one for dark, dodgy or just unexplained situations.

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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
Photo: AFP

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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