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

Welcome to the roundup of news, lockdown latest and talking points in France today.

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Friday
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France is today digesting the full detail of the Prime Minister’s much anticipated announcement last night – in which he revealed that France will lift its lockdown on December 15th, despite missing targets on case numbers, but with extra restrictions in place.

 

This means that people who were planning a trip to France over the holidays can come, and within France people can travel to see friends and relatives.

However there will be a strict, nationwide curfew from 8pm and cinemas, theatres and museums will not reopen as planned.

We’ve picked out 9 graphs from the briefing that best demonstrate the overall health situation in France now, and the health minister also addressed the question of whether people should get tested before they travel.

Language

Our French word of the day is a cheery little phrase that people may now be looking forward to.

And if you're looking to hone your French pronunciation, you definitely need to check out this fun video clip.

 

Icons

The US magazine Time has unveiled its person of the year, but the Guardian of the Year is a very familiar figure in France – Assa Traoré. You can read the story of Assa and her brother Adama here.

 

Politics

We’re looking at the French government’s plan for some of the poorest areas of the country, the banlieues on the outskirts of major cities, and just how much of this new investment announced is really new.

Film

If you're in the mood for a movie tonight, Lost in Frenchlation is streaming an English-subtitled version of the French film Police, a particularly timely topic in France at present.

 

And finally

If you're based in France and have a background in social media – we're hiring.

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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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