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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Monday
A mass-testing programme began in some French cities on December 14th. Photo: AFP

Tomorrow marks ‘D-Day’ in France when lockdown is lifted, but a lot of rules are still in place and some new ones have been added – here’s everything you need to know.

It will mean that travel is again possible for some people and that second-home owners from Europe can visit France again.

And starting today was a mass-testing programme that is being trialled in several French towns and cities.

But the next phase – the planned reopening of bars, restaurants, cinemas theatres and museums in January – is ‘not certain’, the country’s finance minister has warned.


The minister, Bruno Le Maire, has also been talking about Brexit, saying that a no-deal exit would only affect around 0.1 percent of the French GDP, and that the big losers would be the British, adding: “I regret that my British friends have to pay the price, because they are paying the price for populism, they are paying the price for lies”.

But there was some good Brexit-related news (no, really) as an agreement was reached to make travelling between the UK and France with pets a lot less complicated.


Tributes have been paid around France today to Gérard Houllier former manager of the French French national football team as well as Ligue 1 clubs Lyon and PSG – although he also won a place in many British hearts as manager of Liverpool FC where he helped transform the club and won a treble in 2001, including the Uefa cup.



Language and culture

Our French phrase of the day is a handy little phrase for when you’re chatting about changes large or small.

And if you’re in France you won’t have failed to notice a frankly incredible amount of seafood flooding into the shops, but do you know the origin of this festive tradition?


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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. 


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.