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THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE
THE FRENCH RIVIERA'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS MAGAZINE

Latest News and Information

The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
French ex-justice minister Rachida Dati charged with  passive corruption
French ex-justice minister Rachida Dati charged with passive corruption The former French minister of justice Rachida Dati has been charged with "passive corruption" and "benefiting from abuse of power" as part of an investigation into her consultancy services as a lawyer to the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan alliance Carlos Ghosn.
France announces August date for roll out of Covid health pass for transport
France announces August date for roll out of Covid health pass for transport France's transport minister has said that the health pass requirement for long distance train and bus travel will become effective "between August 7th and 10th", and passengers who test positive will have their tickets refunded.
UPDATE: Where in France has extra local Covid restrictions
UPDATE: Where in France has extra local Covid restrictions Health restrictions including curfews and lockdowns have been lifted in France, but as the country is in the grip of a fourth wave of Covid cases, many local authorities have imposed their own measures. Here is a guide to the rules in place in different parts of France.
French city of Nice wins Unesco world heritage status
French city of Nice wins Unesco world heritage status After Cordouan's lighthouse and Vichy last Saturday, Unesco has added the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list.
France owes French Polynesia 'a debt' over nuclear tests says Macron
France owes French Polynesia 'a debt' over nuclear tests says Macron French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Paris owed "a debt" to French Polynesia over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific territory between 1966 and 1996, but stopped short of apologising.
Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case
Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case France's financial crimes unit said Tuesday it had charged prominent rightwinger Rachida Dati, a former cabinet minister and close ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, over her dealings with disgraced former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn.
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Southern French city of Nice earns UNESCO world heritage status
Southern French city of Nice earns UNESCO world heritage status The United Nation's cultural organisation (UNESCO) said on Tuesday that it had added the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list.
French city of Nice becomes Unesco world heritage site
French city of Nice becomes Unesco world heritage site The United Nation's cultural organisation said on Tuesday that it had added the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list.
French word of the day: Ramer
French word of the day: Ramer Sometimes a simple hand gesture is enough to convey this word.
Top legal council to rule on health pass as France hits 40 million vaccinated
Top legal council to rule on health pass as France hits 40 million vaccinated France's constitutional authority has said it would rule next week on new legislation passed by parliament that would make the proposed health pass compulsory in most daily situations.
France wins second Olympic gold with judoka Clarisse Agbégnénou
France wins second Olympic gold with judoka Clarisse Agbégnénou French judoka Clarisse Agbégnénou won the gold medal in the women's -63 kg weight class on Tuesday by defeating Slovenian Tina Trstenjak in the final.
OPINION: Anti health passport protests will continue in France, but this is not a new 'yellow vest' moment
OPINION: Anti health passport protests will continue in France, but this is not a new 'yellow vest' moment Tens of thousands of people have been protesting against health passports in France -John Lichfield examines who they are, what their complaints are and whether this is the beginning of a new anti-government 'yellow vest' moment.
French beauty spots limit visitor numbers to protect environment
French beauty spots limit visitor numbers to protect environment Two national parks in the south of France have decided to introduce limits on the number of visitors allowed at certain popular sites in order to protect the environment.
France issues health warning on 'aphrodisiac' honey
France issues health warning on 'aphrodisiac' honey French health and security authorities on Tuesday warned against honey and gel products being marketed as natural aphrodisiacs but which in fact contain ingredients not marked on labels that may have dangerous side effects.
Provence, Brittany, Corsica - where the French government is holidaying this year
Provence, Brittany, Corsica - where the French government is holidaying this year The French government breaks up for the summer holidays on Wednesday, but ministers have revealed that they will be staying in France in order to deal with the health crisis - and give a boost to the embattled French tourist industry.
France asks Frontex to guard Europe's northern coastline too
France asks Frontex to guard Europe's northern coastline too French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he has asked the European Union border agency Frontex not to neglect Europe's northern coastline in the fight against illegal immigration. 
Unesco adds France’s Cordouan lighthouse, Vichy to world heritage list
Unesco adds France’s Cordouan lighthouse, Vichy to world heritage list Two new French sites were added to the Unesco's World Heritage List on Saturday 24 July: the Cordouan lighthouse, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary, and the town of Vichy, "Queen of the water cities".
French parliament adopts health pass extension despite widespread protests
French parliament adopts health pass extension despite widespread protests The bill on anti-Covid health pass was adopted on Sunday evening after French deputies and senators reached a compromise. The text must now receive the green light from the Constitutional Council which will issue its decision on 5 August.
Macron to discuss legacy of nuclear tests on French Polynesia visit
Macron to discuss legacy of nuclear tests on French Polynesia visit French President Emmanuel Macron was greeted with flower garlands and Tahitian dancers on the tarmac as he touched down Saturday night for his first official trip to French Polynesia. 
French Senate passes law on 'Health Pass' but it is not a done deal yet
French Senate passes law on 'Health Pass' but it is not a done deal yet Following a new day of mobilisation by its opponents, the law on anti-Covid health pass could be definitively adopted on Sunday evening, if deputies and senators reach an agreement, but the way is narrow and a prolongation of the debates cannot be excluded.  
[Updated] Anti-vaxxers, Yellow Vests, and Macron critics protest across France
[Updated] Anti-vaxxers, Yellow Vests, and Macron critics protest across France An official with France's interior ministry said 161,000 people had demonstrated across the country on Saturday, up from 114,000 a week earlier.
France’s parliament approves anti-separatism bill against Islamist extremism
France’s parliament approves anti-separatism bill against Islamist extremism The French National Assembly on approved the controversial “anti-separatism” bill despite strong criticisms from parliamentarians from the Left and the Right. The government argued the legislation was needed to bolster France’s secular system, but critics say it breaches religious freedom.
Macron hails ‘exceptional’ relationship in meeting with Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga
Macron hails ‘exceptional’ relationship in meeting with Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga French President Emmanuel Macron met his Japanese counterpart on Saturday and took in some Olympic judo action after watching Tokyo 2020's opening ceremony in a nearly empty stadium.
French warned normal life may not resume before 2023
French warned normal life may not resume before 2023 As France brings in tougher restrictions to combat a fourth wave of coronavirus, a leading scientist has warned the country not to expect a return to normal life before 2022 or even 2023. 
Eiffel Tower offers Covid tests for visitors without health pass
Eiffel Tower offers Covid tests for visitors without health pass The Eiffel Tower has started offering free Covid tests to French visitors who do not have a health pass required to access cultural venues. Foreign tourists can get tests, for a fee.

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