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

Welcome to the roundup of news and views in France today.

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Wednesday
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France has announced a series of controls including border checks and quarantines to stop skiers slipping over the border to Switzerland, where ski resorts are now open.

It comes as the French government became increasingly irate with the attitude from Swiss authorities.

Travel latest

By the start of the Christmas holidays France should, if the latest medical data permits, have lifted its lockdown. So if you’re planning to travel for Christmas, these are the services that are running and the rules on foreign and domestic travel.

The courts

A French court has handed a jail sentence to the hunter who shot and killed a British cyclist in the French Alps. The hunter said he had been aiming for a wild boar. Hunting accidents are unfortunately not uncommon in France – here's our guide on staying safe around la chasse

And a judge in Paris has summoned the Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin – this is in connection with a long-running rape investigation that the minister is the subject of.


Emmanuel Macron has laid out the timetable for France to begin its Covid-19 vaccination programme. 


For readers in Australia, French cinema club Lost in Frenchlation has expanded its English-subtitled virtual film screenings to Australia, as well as France. The next showing is on Friday and tells the story of Jeanne and her ‘odd relationship’ (which is one way of putting it) with a fairground ride.




And if you know the Paris Metro system, this map of (loose) English translations of all the station names should raise a giggle.



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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. 


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.