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

Welcome to the round-up of news and talking points in France today.

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Tuesday
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France’s interior minister has declared himself ‘shocked’ by images of brutal behaviour as police broke up an encampment of migrants in central Paris.




The video footage is shocking enough, but what is even more shocking is that this type of film could be declared illegal under a proposed new law that the minister has championed. 

Lockdown latest

Reopening shops? Christmas travel? A relaxation of the 1km rule? These are just some of the options on the table for president Emmanuel Macron, who will announce the next phase of lockdown at 8pm tonight.

We will be following live here and for now we’re looking at what to expect.


Also pending is a decision on when French ski resorts can reopen – the prime minister has been meeting representatives of the ski industry.

Those who work in French ski resorts saw the 2019/20 season curtailed when the pandemic arrived in February and then the country locked down in March, and are now facing the loss of much of the 2020/21 season.


On the international stage, the proposed new US Secretary of State is causing a bit of excitement in France. The reason? He’s a fluent French speaker and former American-in-Paris.

Here he is displaying his linguistic skills.


Secular state

And we’re looking at the French concept of laïcité – frequently misunderstood and sometimes deliberately misrepresented, we examine what the French secular ideal means and, just as important, what it doesn’t mean.


Today's talking point is a little less serious – inspired by an (excellent) article in the New Yorker, our readers are debating whether it's really true that the French hate cinnamon.


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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. 


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.


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.


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


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



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.