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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Friday
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France’s health minister last night laid out the detailed timetable for Covid-19 vaccines, which will begin in January and operate on a priority system with the most vulnerable being given the jab first.

All vaccines will be free and “no-one is obliged to be vaccinated” said Olivier Véran – here’s how it will work.

The prime minister has also suggested that we limit festive dinners to six people.


And if you live in France you might have had a text message on Wednesday from the government asking you to download the Covid tracking app. This was a genuine message, but there have been some scams circulating since, so any texts purporting to be from the government after that should be ignored.


The January sales have been postponed, it has been announced, in order to help out struggling retailers. Sales in France are highly regulated with dates set by the government and discounting only allowed in very specific circumstances outside official sales periods.


As Brexit talks drag on, France’s rather feisty Europe minister Clément Beaune has warned that the government could veto any deal that is bad for France.


Speaking of Brexit, British pensioners and students living in France are reminded that they need to apply for a new EHIC card before the end of the year.


This weekend is Saint-Nicolas Day – here’s how the festival is celebrated in France and why you should be eating gingerbread on Sunday. Our French phrase of the day is related to the festival, but also has a wider meaning.

For keen cooks, 12 of France's best-known chefs have revealed their favourite recipes (link in French).


And once France lifts its lockdown (on December 15th if the health situation allows) international travel will again be possible – but a lot of countries still have restrictions in place for travellers from France, here’s a roundup of where you can go. And for all the latest on travel in and out of France, head to our Travelling to France section.


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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.