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

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

Aujourd'hui: What's happening in France on Wednesday
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France’s Scientific Council has advised that anyone planning to visit someone in a high-risk group should self-isolate for eight days beforehand, in an attempt to flatten a feared post-Christmas spike in cases.

Children have been given permission to visit the last couple of days of school in order to do this – turning many into overnight political experts, as this teacher wryly comments.

 

Despite the loosening of restrictions, many people have told us they were already planning a much quieter Christmas than normal this year, with plenty of people worried about the risks of infecting elderly relatives.

The World Health Organisation is also concerned about a resurgence and has asked families to wear face masks over the holidays.

The writers at The Local's sites around Europe have been comparing the rules in place in our various countries this Christmas – it turns out France is one of the more relaxed festive locations.

Brexit

In northern France there are long tailbacks for lorries as UK retailers try to stock up before possible Brexit chaos on January 1st. “The British are stockpiling like crazy,” said one French brewery owner.

And after several questions from second-home owners we’re looking at the pros and cons of taking up French residency.

Crime

 

You might have seen headlines in the French press about l'Affaire de Grégory – here is our backgrounder to this awful crime that has haunted France for more than 30 years.

Equality

The French government has pledged €5 million to help tackle period poverty.

And the city of Paris has been fined €90,000 for having too many women in charge. Mayor Anne Hidalgo says she is ‘filled with joy’ at this fine for being ‘too feminist’.

Immigration
 
And as part of The Local Europe's Changing the Narrative project on immigration, we are hearing from the young Parisian photographer who is aiming to challenge the stereotypes surround the Paris suburb where he grew up.
 
 

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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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