French tests, remote working and Notre-Dame secrets: 6 essential articles for life in France

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French tests, remote working and Notre-Dame secrets: 6 essential articles for life in France
A historic construction conundrum was solved after the devastating blaze at Paris's Notre Dame cathedral. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Testing your language skills, working as a digital nomad in France, closures on the famous Canal du Midi and things to do in Spring are just some of our essential articles for life in France.


Learning French can be a long process and it also brings you into a world of bewildering acronyms - here's what these language levels mean in terms of your everyday French conversation, with quizzes so you can test your level.

Quiz: Test your French language level on the A1 to C2 scale

Modern technology means that many jobs can be done from anywhere in the world with only a laptop and a solid wifi connection - but what are the rules if you are working remotely in France for a company back in your home country?

Digital nomad: What are the rules on working remotely from France?


As drought forces the reopening of the Canal du Midi to be postponed, warnings over the low level of France’s water table have brought home the scale of the problems facing the country heading into summer.

Famous Canal du Midi stays closed amid water level fears in France

The days are getting longer and the temperatures are starting to rise, so we've got some ideas for places to visit and things to do in France this spring - including poetry, culture, art, music, food, wine … and some places that are just lovely to visit.

14 places to visit and festivals to enjoy in France this Spring

The fire that engulfed Notre-Dame four years ago has revealed a long-hidden secret about the Paris landmark that experts had long wondered: how builders dared - and succeeded - in putting up such thin walls to such a height. 

Notre Dame fire exposes hidden iron holding up Paris’s iconic cathedral

Let’s round off with another work-related question. France has strict employment rules - but does that extend to when you can clock on and off? And is it really true that French workers spend most of their time either on holiday or on a lunch break? Yes … and no. We explain.

Reader Question: When does the working day start and end for French employees?


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