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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Monday
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This weekend saw violent clashes at a demonstration in Paris and nearly 100 people arrested. 

 

 

 

You might have seen this eye catching image from AFP which appears to show a police officer on fire.

Although there was undoubtedly serious violence aimed at the police, this image is not quite what it seems when viewed from another angle.

But perhaps the longer-lasting issue from the weekend was an interview that French President Emmanuel Macron gave to the website Brut, very popular with younger people.

 

It was a wide ranging interview, but it was his comments on police violence – together with a proposal for a platform to report discrimination by police – that caused a stir. Two of the largest French police unions have called for a ‘total blockade’ by their members in response to his acknowledgement that police violence exists.

Terrorism

One of France’s longest-running terror investigations moved forward over the weekend when a man was charged over the 1982 attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris.

Language

On a cheerier note, we have to mention this lovely scheme that pairs French learners with lonely older French people for video calls. For learners it’s a great way to practice your French and for elderly French people, many of whom have been self-isolating for nearly 10 months now, it’s a vital bit of company and social interaction.

We wouldn’t advise using today’s French word with old folks though – it’s actually an English word, but one that has acquired a very specific meaning in France.

Christmas

If you have a France-lover in your life (or are looking for some self-gifting ideas) we asked our readers to recommend the best books, box sets, podcasts and media subscriptions about France – from heavyweight to funny – and they came up with a cracking ideas list.

Brexit

As Brexit talks lurch towards their final, tortured endgame, we’re looking at what the rules will be on driving in France for British visitors and residents from January.

We’ve also got a guide to swapping your European health insurance card for a French one and the key documents Brits might need to prove their rights in France.


 

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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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