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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Tuesday
Police in front of the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, during a 'yellow vest' protest. Photo: AFP

The French parliament is today debating a security bill that has proved highly contentious. The new security law – among other things – could ban people from publishing photos or videos of police officers.

One of the reasons that so many people are concerned about this is the high number of cases of police brutality in France that have been revealed via amateur video footage – here’s a selection of the most high profile cases.

 

And sticking with politics, our columnist John Lichfield takes a long, hard look at France’s interior minister and concludes that he is becoming a danger to France’s reputation abroad and unity at home.

Some readers will remember him as the man who is apparently 'shocked' when he encounters the soy sauce and Tex Mex aisle at the supermarket.

 

 

Christmas

There are still many uncertainties surrounding Christmas this year – here’s what we know so far about lockdown and travel rules – but one thing is certain; we’re allowed to buy Christmas trees and we can start on Friday.

And across France a petition calling on people to boycott Amazon this Christmas and instead support their struggling local retailers is rapidly gaining signatures.

Paris

If you’re in Paris, there is a big reduction in public transport from tomorrow. Metro services outside of rush hour will be halved as the lockdown brings about a big reduction in passenger numbers.

Language

 

Inspired by the heroic efforts of this British sports presenter, we’re taking a look at the trickiest place names in France and how you really say them.

And all of us at The Local have made some pretty embarrassing mistakes in French over the years so we're asking our readers to share their most cringe-worthy moment – whether it's accidentally telling someone that you're horny or demanding food without condoms, make us feel better by sharing . . .

 

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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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