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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Tuesday
If strikes are back, does that mean things are going back to normal in France? Photo: AFP

Transport unions in Paris have called for a one-day strike, scheduled just after France is set (all things being well) to emerge from lockdown.

The dispute is over planned privatisation of parts of the Paris public transport network.

Politics

The French government announced yesterday evening that it would be ‘rewriting’ the highly controversial Article 24, which proposes restrictions on filming police officers and sparked enormous protests around France over the weekend.

The article is just one of the things on president Emmanuel Macron’s increasingly daunting to-do list – these are the biggest challenges he (and France) faces in 2021.

Brexit

Over the Channel, certain sections of the British press appear to have just noticed that Brexit will affect British people.

 

Obviously readers of The Local already knew that, but if you have become slightly lost over the last four years of twists and turns (and who could blame you?) here’s our quick guide to what changes for residents, tourists and second-home owners.

We’ve also been asked by several people for an explanation of how the 90-day rule works, so voilà.

French food

Back to more cheerful topics and our correspondent from south west France explains the weird and secretive world of trading in truffles, also known as ‘black diamonds’.

And for our members there is also the chance to win a copy of the author’s book – click here to enter.

Advent

 

And here is the first entry in our virtual advent calendar – every day until December 24th we will be bringing you a person or thing that has a particular significance in France. Today is la petite souris.

 

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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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