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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When President Emmanuel Macron at the end of November laid out France’s timetable for the three-stage lifting of lockdown, he said that all of this would only happen if targets on case numbers were met. We’re now just a week away from the date when lockdown was scheduled to be lifted and the head of the public health agency says France is ‘far’ from meeting the necessary targets.


So what happens now? France’s Defence Council will be meeting tomorrow to decide where to go from here – here are some of the options they will consider, from keeping a total lockdown in place to lifting selected restrictions.


Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy took the stand today in his corruption trial, hotly denying that he had tried to bribe a judge.


And France’s proposed new law to combat Islamic extremism will come before parliament tomorrow. The bill has already caused international controversy, so our columnist John Lichfield looks at what is in the bill, and what definitely isn’t (spoiler – there is no plan for a ‘register of Muslim children’).

Countryside v city

For countryside dwellers we’re looking at one of the perennial problems of rural life – how to deal with la chasse when the lead starts flying during hunting season.

While for those who prefer city life – these are France’s best cities, according to the people who live in them.


Today’s French figure on our Advent Calendar is the anarchist who is now a crucial part of the Metro system.

And with the help of our readers we've put together a list of books, TV box sets, podcasts and media subscriptions all about France and the French – perfect if you're looking for Christmas ideas for a France-lover or just looking to do a little self-gifting.

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  1. Excellent getting these headlines out so quickly, including the links to relevant materials elsewhere on the site or outside. For those of us with short memories, the links to previous authoritative pieces about legal and administrative changes of particular interest to Anglophones in France are invaluable. Good job!

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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.