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Today in France: What are the top stories in France on Monday

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

Today in France: What are the top stories in France on Monday
France has temporarily banned travel in from the UK. Photo: AFP

France on Sunday night became one of a long list of countries (almost 40 at the last count) to ban travel from the UK over fears of a new strain of the Covid-19 virus, as announced by the British government.

 

The French health minister says there is no proof that the new strain is actually significantly more contagious, but that France was taking precautions by putting in a ban on all passenger and accompanied freight traffic until new protection measures can be put in place.

Here’s a complete guide to the travel rules currently in place and here’s a round-up of which other countries in Europe have banned travel form the UK. The situation is changing all the time though, so keep an eye on our homepage for the latest if you’re planning on travelling.

Travel from France to the UK is not affected by the ban, but is very disrupted as operators have cancelled many services – here is what’s running.

Crime

French prosecutors have launched an investigation into anti-Semitic insults aimed at a runner-up in the Miss France contest.

The final, which was broadcast on TV on Sunday night, is a big deal in France. As well as the usual virtues of looking good in a frock and wanting world peace, contestants also have to answer a series of questions about France's culture and heritage – you can try your hand at the quiz here.

Health

The French health minister has confirmed that there will be no last-minute rule changes in France over Christmas.

He also added that the first Covid-19 vaccinations will start on Sunday – the first phase involved nursing home residents and staff.

Language

Did you ever, flushed with success at how your language classes were going, try to strike up a conversation with a French person only to become instantly and embarrassingly lost? We asked our French language expert to pinpoint where people generally go wrong.

If you do get lost, you might find our French phrase of the day handy too.

Catch-up
 
And in case you missed it on Friday, here is President Emmanuel Macron's selfie video as he continues to self-isolate after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

 
 

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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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