Desserts, scams and air-conditioning: 6 essential articles for life in France

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Desserts, scams and air-conditioning: 6 essential articles for life in France
Check out the best French desserts. Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

From summer travel tips to air-conditioning, via scam warnings and and delicious dessert recipes, here are six must-read articles for living in France.


If you're planning on taking a road trip in France this summer, there are certain weekends that should be avoided at all cost.

There's also other things to think about, from city traffic pollution rules to fake police officers and where to find the cheapest fuel.

8 things to know about driving in France this summer

For many, just the mention of the stifling heat and the influx of tourists that take over Paris in August is enough to make them want to leave the city and head for the beach.


But Evie Burrows-Taylor argues that there are good reasons to stay in the city.

7 reasons why you should stay in Paris in August

Let’s be honest. The long sultry days of summer are usually fairly quiet in France, as parliament breaks for the summer and huge swathes of the population head to the beach. But 2022 is not an ordinary year - here's what changes in August.

What changes in France in August 2022

Sadly, crime never sleeps or goes on holiday… From computer hacking to phone calls, a new report reveals that scams and frauds are unfortunately on the rise in France and the criminals are getting more sophisticated - here are some of the most common frauds to be aware of.

Warning: 6 of the most common scams in France to watch out for

Meanwhile, as the climate and energy crisis continues, officials are starting to act. It will soon be illegal for air-conditioned stores to keep their doors open, while government offices will only be able to put on the cool air if it is hotter than 26C indoors.

How France is legislating the use of air conditioning

But let’s end on a positive note. France is of course the home of patisserie, which means you are spoiled for choice when it comes to rounding off your meal with a sweet treat. Here are some of the best - including how to make them.

8 of the best French desserts (with recipes)


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