Today in France: What are the top stories on Thursday

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

Today in France: What are the top stories on Thursday
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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.

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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.