Today in France: What are the top stories on Thursday

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The Local - [email protected] • 17 Dec, 2020 Updated Thu 17 Dec 2020 15:09 CEST
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Welcome to the round-up of latest news and talking points in France today.


French president Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, his office has announced.

The president reportedly has only mild symptoms and will continue to work, but anyone who has been in recent contact with him needs to self isolate - a list that so far includes three prime ministers, one EU leader, a clutch of French politicians and of course his wife Brigitte.


Macron hosted the prime minister of Portugal at the Elysée earlier this week. Photo: AFP

Health rules

But the business of government continues and the latest plan for the start of the Covid vaccination programme has been laid out.

If you’re planning on travelling around France - or in and out of it - here’s what you need to know about the latest travel situation.

And we’ve also put together this guide to what you can and cannot do over the holiday period.

It’s probably not too much of a spoiler to say that it will be a quietish festive period, so we have compiled a list of our favourite new French films - from hard-hitting documentaries to daft tales of mermaids in the Seine - for a bit of holiday entertainment.


France has recorded its hottest year on record, new data shows, even though this summer was less extreme than the heatwave which sizzled the country in 2019.

French model scout - and friend of Jeffrey Epstein - Jean-Luc Brunel has been held for questioning over sex abuse allegations.


We’re looking at the increasing problem of crack dealing in Paris, and why the capital is struggling to deal with its drug problem.

And Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has received a message of support from Hilary Clinton after her administration was fined for having too many women in senior positions.



The Local 2020/12/17 15:09

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