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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
Power cuts hit 60,000 French homes after winter storms Fourteen departments in southwestern France, the Alps region and the Mediterranean island of Corsica were on alert Saturday following gale-force winds and flooding that cut off electricity in 60,000 homes, killed one person and injured five others.
Red Star alert as police protect sports minister from angry fans Red Star Football Club bosses vowed on Saturday to crackdown on supporters who barracked the French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu during the club's match against Quevilly-Rouen on Friday night.
French PM calls for travel plan to avert Christmas chaos France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has urged the national rail company SNCF to make contingency plans for the festive season, as pension reform strikes that have crippled the public transport system entered their 10th day on Saturday.
Fire erupts at Total oil refinery in northern France A fire erupted at a Total oil refinery in northwestern France on Saturday, but was brought under control and there were no injuries, local authorities said.
Jihadists execute French aid group employees in Nigeria Jihadists have executed four Nigerian hostages held since July, French aid group Action Against Hunger said, adding that one of its staff and two drivers were among those killed.
Louvre partners US streetwear guru on €572 Leonardo hoodies As an artist, architect and engineer, Virgil Abloh is fashion's renaissance man. Now the hyperactive US designer is measuring himself up against the greatest polymath of all with a collection of clothes inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.
Why fighting 'franglais' is not just a war on words The Académie française, custodian of the French language, recently called out French officialdom for its overuse of “franglais”, warning it could endanger the language's very existence. This might appear a trifle dramatic in such a globalised world, but as a member of the Académie tells us there’s much more than vocabulary at Read More
Paris set to be badly hit on Sunday as strike transport disruption continues As mass transport strikes move into their second weekend, Paris residents can again expect a badly disrupted couple of days on public transport.
EU sides with Americans in France in the fight against US tax schemes Brussels asks the US government to ease their complicated tax policies that are putting 300,000 US residents in Europe in a financial squeeze.
Our pick of the best Christmas markets in France Germany may be the home of Christmas markets, but France has seen an upsurge in festive markets in the last decade and can now boast some pretty impressive offerings of its own - here is our pick of the eleven best.
Strikes in France continue on Friday but Paris transport turmoil eases...slightly Strikes by French transport workers continue on Friday - but if you are in Paris, things are looking up.
French expression of the day: Habillé comme l’as de pique It doesn’t seem like it, but the ace of spades actually wears clothes. Or that’s what French people pretend at least.
Ten reasons why you should consider becoming French Whether you’re in love with la belle France, worried about Brexit or just tired of having to keep renewing your carte de séjour, there are plenty of advantages to taking French citizenship.
Police kill man threatening to stab officers in Paris business district A man threatening to attack police officers with a knife was killed by police on Friday morning in Paris's bustling La Défense business district.
The magic of Christmas in Paris During the Christmas season, Paris puts on a show. The whole city is immersed in a warm and magical atmosphere. The Christmas market at the Tuileries Gardens delights locals and tourists alike. Meanwhile, the Printemps department store shows off the handmade puppets in its shopfront windows. The festive season is also about Read More
French government says it is 'ready to talk' as pension strike bites French officials said Thursday that they were open to negotiating a pension overhaul that has sparked crippling transport strikes, as unions warned of walkouts through the holidays unless the government drops the plan.
France leads successful UNESCO bid to have Alpinism recognised as cultural heritage Alpinism inscribed onto UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The joint bid was made by France, Italy and Switzerland that share the Alps mountain range.
Pension conundrum: Why is it so hard to reform France's retirement system? France's pension system is an emotional and divisive issue. Critics say it's an expensive burden for the French economy, while defenders say it's a treasured jewel that needs protecting. Attempts to reform it (and there have been many) have driven a cross section of French society into the street and ground Read More
France postpones G5 Sahel meeting after deadly Niger attack French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed on Thursday to postpone to early 2020 a meeting of Sahel country leaders due to take place in France later this month, the French presidency said.

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