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Inside France: Lawyers, avocados and Macron's fish face

Emma Pearson
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Inside France: Lawyers, avocados and Macron's fish face
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte in Hamburg. Photo by FABIAN BIMMER / POOL / AFP

Our weekly newsletter Inside France looks at what we have been talking about in France this week.

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Inside France is our weekly look at some of the news, talking points and gossip in France that you might not have heard about. It’s published each Saturday and members can receive it directly to their inbox, by going to their newsletter preferences or adding their email to the sign-up box in this article.

Naturally, Friday's terror attack has been the main topic of conversation in France - find the latest here - but here's a look at some of the other talking points from the week. 

Sunshine and TV

Autumn has now finally arrived in Paris with cooler temperatures and grey, rainy skies - and honestly it feels like a bit of a relief after the freakish late-summer heatwave that meant we were still wearing T-shirts and having BBQs well into October. 

The unusually warm autumn temperatures are also apparently responsible for making TV signals go haywire in about half of France - although I must confess that I still don't actually follow the TV company's explanation of exactly how that happened . . .

Bedbugs go dark

In good news, some of the international bedbug hysteria now seems to have calmed down, but not before the story took a few fairly dark turns, as we explore in this week's Talking France podcast (along with Corsican terrorism, tips for picking wine and France's doomed effort to colonise Florida). Listen here or on the link below.

 

Face-pulling of the week 

This week I have been enjoying the memes created from the unimpressed looks of Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron when they visited Hamburg and were given the local speciality Fischbrötchen.

 

According to my German colleagues, it's similar to a fish-finger sandwich, and really who doesn't love a fish-finger sandwich? Best hangover cure ever.

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AI translation?

And something tells me this photo search website is using an internet based translation tool . . . Search 'lawyer' and get a load of pictures of avocados (avocat being the word in French for both lawyer and avocado. You can only make a tasty salad out of one of them, though).

 

Inside France is our weekly look at some of the news, talking points and gossip in France that you might not have heard about. It’s published each Saturday and members can receive it directly to their inbox, by going to their newsletter preferences or adding their email to the sign-up box in this article.

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