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

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The latest local and international news and information for expats in France, the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
The 10 most common French words you won't learn in school Once you've mastered the basics of French you will discover a whole subsection of words and phrases that definitely won't be in your textbooks. French writer Olivia Sorrel Dejerine gives us a run-down on verlan.
6 reasons France's Covid vaccine rollout has been so slow Is it the fault of anti-vaxxers, the government, supply problems or even Brexit? It's not really in doubt that the beginning of France's Covid vaccine programme has been slow, but what are the factors that have caused this?
French PM urges police to enforce Covid measures in high alert zones
French PM urges police to enforce Covid measures in high alert zones French Prime Minister Jean Castex has called on police chiefs in 20 departments under heightened surveillance threatened by an explosion of coronavirus cases to crack down on citizens flouting the rules aimed at stemming the spread of the illness.
OPINION: Why French women are sick of the 'sexy French girl' cliché They always dress with style, they never get fat and they're super-sexy - but in fact French women are fed up with the 'French girl' stereotypes. Anne Brivet explains why.
France sees biggest drop in births in 45 years under coronavirus epidemic
France sees biggest drop in births in 45 years under coronavirus epidemic The number of babies born in France in January fell by 13 percent, the biggest drop in 45 years, which statisticians have linked to the coronavirus pandemic. 
Weekend lockdown begins in Nice, French Riviera and Dunkirk From Saturday, the northern city of Dunkirk, along with Nice and the French Riviera, is subject to a weekend lockdown after a spike in Covid numbers.
The French towns and suburbs subject to new weekend lockdown A total of 63 towns and suburbs along the French Riviera, including Nice and Cannes are subject to a new weekend lockdown from Saturday, as well as the northern city of Dunkirk and its suburbs. Here is the full list of municipalities where the lockdown applies.
Nice and parts of French Riviera impose weekend lockdown as Covid cases soar The southern French city of Nice and the surrounding area along the Riviera are subject to a weekend lockdown from Saturday as Covid cases spike and hospitals struggle to cope.
French citizens' climate team judges government in final session
French citizens' climate team judges government in final session Meeting for the final time this weekend, France’s Citizens' Climate Convention will judge how well the government has responded to their recommendations on reining in the country’s emissions. 
Nice, Dunkirk return to lockdown in weekend Covid curb
Nice, Dunkirk return to lockdown in weekend Covid curb Residents of Nice and its surrounds on the French Riviera have joined the northern city of Dunkirk in a temporary return to lockdown, as the government hopes its weekend confinement strategy will stem soaring Covid-19 cases. 
Being a French expat during the Covid-19 pandemic
Being a French expat during the Covid-19 pandemic This week, we're putting the Focus on France's expat community. For French citizens living abroad, the pandemic has played out in a very different way than for their compatriots back home: from political responses to financial and professional consequences, not forgetting travel bans, each adoptive nation has had its own way Read More
Under pressure: France's medical students juggle studies and Covid-19 frontline
Under pressure: France's medical students juggle studies and Covid-19 frontline The Covid-19 pandemic has upended professional and student life. In some cases, it has even prematurely forced a mixing of the two, as is the case for would-be doctors in France. Many medical students have gone from the classroom to the medical frontline, all while still having to study for Read More
Bolloré Group fined €12 million in Togo corruption case
Bolloré Group fined €12 million in Togo corruption case French industrial group Bollore on Friday reached a settlement over a decade-old corruption case in Togo, prosecutors said, but a separate plea deal with three top company executives was thrown out by a judge.
French baker given a legal warning after refusing to take a day off A young baker in a wealthy suburb of Paris has been given a legal warning after he refused to close his boulangerie for one day a week, as is required by French law.
French researchers set for HIV vaccine trials using dendritic cells
French researchers set for HIV vaccine trials using dendritic cells In a world first for vaccines, researchers at France's Vaccine Research Institute have completed experiments that target essential cells for combating HIV/Aids and stimulate dendritic cells, the so-called sentinels of our immune system. Clinical trials are set to begin within weeks. 
'I'm late for my Covid vaccine' says 88-year-old Frenchman caught driving at 191 km/h An 88-year-old man caught speeding at a breakneck 191 kilometres per hour on a French country road told officers that he was late for his Covid-19 vaccine appointment, police said.
What next for the 20 areas of France on 'alert' for new restrictions? Twenty French départements have been placed on heightened alert and residents told to expect more restrictions as Covid cases climb - so what next for those areas and when will we know which restrictions are being brought in?
20 areas of France put on alert for extra restrictions including weekend lockdowns Twenty départements in France have been placed on "heightened surveillance" with the threat of extra health restrictions including weekend lockdowns as Covid virus numbers rise, the French PM announced on Thursday.
Paris opposition shoots down mayor's plan for three-week lockdown
Paris opposition shoots down mayor's plan for three-week lockdown Political opponents have lambasted plans by the Paris mayor’s office to propose a three-week lockdown in the French capital, as new variants of the coronavirus take hold across the country.
French snail farmers struggling as restaurant shutdown kills trade Successive Covid-19 lockdowns may have given people in France, as elsewhere, a newfound taste for home cooking, but one delicacy has yet to worm its way back onto the nation's plates: snails.
UPDATE: Paris City Hall says plan for new lockdown just a 'hypothesis' Paris city hall announced on Thursday that authorities in the French capital want to impose a three-week lockdown rather than just a weekend confinement before appearing to backtrack on the idea on Friday.
France to open Covid vaccinations for 65-74 year-olds 'by April' Covid vaccines will be made available to the "forgotten" 65-74-year-old age group "by April", France's health minister said on Thursday.

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