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PODCAST: Will summer in France be strike free and are there really loopholes in the 90-day rule?

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PODCAST: Will summer in France be strike free and are there really loopholes in the 90-day rule?

The Talking France podcast is back with a new episode looking at whether French pension strikes are truly over, the town mayor who is increasing water bills and the pitfalls of 90-day rule 'loopholes' - and as is it's now summer we're looking at the issue of air conditioning in France, plus some tips to make the most of the season.


Note - this podcast was recorded before the attack in Annecy. You can find the latest updates from Annecy on The Local homepage.

Host Ben McPartland is joined by The Local France editor Emma Pearson, journalist Genevieve Mansfield and politics expert John Lichfield.

After a distinctly underwhelming strike on Tuesday is the five-month battle over French pension reform finally over? And, in the end, who won?

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A French mayor this week decided to increase water bills for his town - the Talking France team is unpacking why he did this and what powers mayors have to increase household bills. 


We're heading to Normandy where the island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel is celebrating its 1,000th birthday - but has the site become a victim of its own success, attracting so many tourists that it's no longer pleasant to visit?

You might have read articles promising 'loopholes' or 'cheats' to the 90-day rule - we go through whether any of them are truly loopholes, and the likelihood of France relaxing its rules for second-home owners. 

And as the summer approaches we're looking at air-conditioning in France; where to find it, how to get it and the best alternatives.

But summer isn't just for complaining about the heat - we're also looking at some of the ways to make the best of the season in France.

You can find all previous episodes of Talking France here, and if you like what you hear don't forget to leave us a review, tell a friend or sign up to become a member of The Local France. 

Further reading:

Mythbuster: Can you really cheat the Schengen 90-day rule?

Five things everyone should know about Mont Saint Michel

So who won the great French pension reform battle?

The rules for installing air conditioning in your French home



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