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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Thursday
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We're looking ahead to 6pm this evening when the French prime minister will lay out what will happen next with lockdown and whether restrictions will be lifted over Christmas.

France's initial three-stage plan for lifting lockdown has been derailed when the latest health data missed the government's targets for loosening restrictions – here’s a look at the options the government is considering.

 

Politics

As France’s bill to combat Islamic extremism is published, we’re taking a look at what the government is doing to combat the ‘separatism’ that it has brought upon itself – the deprived areas that became a fertile ground for extremist influences.

We’re also looking at the role of France’s State Council – created by Napoleon more than 200 years ago it has been making lots of headlines recently.

Brexit

France’s Europe Minister has laid out the measures France will be taking for extra checks on goods and people entering from the UK from January 1st, including 600 extra customs agents and increased security at Gare du Nord, which will become an EU external border point.

 

Whatever happens in Brussels over the next few days, a lot will be changing from January 1st for travellers between France and the UK – here is a roundup of the new travel rules – while the cherished British tradition of the ‘booze cruise’ will be coming to an end with new limits on the amounts of French wine and beer that can be brought into the UK.

It’s also possible that all non-essential travel from the UK to Europe will be banned under the Bloc’s Covid rules – the same rules that have barred non-Europeans such as Americans from France since March.

And in a not-very-hopeful sign, the EU has published its Brexit no-deal contingency plans.

Sport

The rescheduled PSG-Basaksehir football match took place yesterday, after players walked off the pitch in solidarity after complaints of racist language at the first fixture on Tuesday.

Below is the scene as the players of both teams took the knee before the match to protest racism. (Paris-Saint-Germain won the match, by the way)

 

Language

Our French word of the day is one that you could use about quite a few world leaders at present. 

French food

And we’re looking at the 12 dishes that make up a classic Christmas feast in France, from seafood to sticky chocolate desserts.

 

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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. 

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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