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

Welcome to the round-up of news, talking points and high-profile criminal trials in France today.

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Monday
Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court. Photo: AFP

Readers, particularly those in the USA, might have been appalled over the weekend to learn of France’s plans to create a ‘register of Muslim children’. We were pretty appalled too – because it’s not true. Nothing of the kind is being proposed.

 

Here’s a look at how those untruths circulated, and here’s a look at what is actually in the bill that was referred to.

Sarkozy trial

The trial began today of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, in a complicated corruption case that follows a six-year enquiry. Sarkozy is the first ex French president to go on trial for corruption, although his former boss Jacques Chirac was convicted of embezzlement.

The trial is expected to last until mid December.

 

 

 

Lockdown latest

France is looking forward to tomorrow evening, when Emmanuel Macron will announce what happens next with lockdown and Christmas.

And speaking of lockdown – we don’t think this guy from Brittany had quite thought things through when he stormed out of his house to ‘smash a guy’s face in’ – pausing only to fill out his lockdown permission form giving details of the crime he intended to commit.

In case anyone was in any doubt, the local police chief said: “We made it clear that going out ‘to beat someone up’ is not a valid reason to break lockdown.” 

Cost of living

Today is the deadline for French towns and cities to apply for permission to impose a rent cap – and almost 30 have applied.

The Environment Ministry now decides on the applications in a ruling that could have a big impact on rent prices around France.

Language

Our French word of the day sounds to British ears like a boy’s name, but actually means something very different.

And good news for those in France who fancy dinner* and a movie on Friday – Lost in Frenchlation, which screens France films with English subtitles, is holding its first online screening, including a Q&A with the director. (*You’ll have to supply your own dinner).

Check out listings for upcoming screenings here and the trailer for Friday's film below.

 

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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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