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Ban on full face veils passes Senate

Ban on full face veils passes Senate

The upper house (senate) of the Assemblée Nationale has approved a bill “prohibiting the concealment of the face in public space” a measure which, while avoiding the terms, is clearly aimed at foreign forms of dress such as burqas or niqabs. The law comes into force from Spring 2011, after a period of reflection and […]

Chabrol – giant of the New Wave – dies at 80

Chabrol – giant of the New Wave – dies at 80

“Bon vivant”, “mainstream”, “Nouvelle Vague” the praise singers were in full flow as France mourned the passing, September 12, of Claude Chabrol, a giant of national cinema and a man, who even at 80, had to be prised from his producer’s chair at the end. “Claude Chabrol died yesterday aged 80, after giving French cinema […]

Halal – France’s Future Nouvelle Cuisine?

Halal – France’s Future Nouvelle Cuisine?

France’s new self-styled “beurgeois, (derived from slang for Arab) — or halal gourmets, as the New York Times recently described them — are entrepreneurs changing the image of halal food from its earlier associations with grubby immigrant street markets, into a multi-million-euro business. But Halal is not brand neutral. It carries a health warning and […]

In France e-Bay is in the Streets – all Summer

In France e-Bay is in the Streets – all Summer

Vide-greniers and Brocantes mushroom all summer long in towns, villages and hamlets across France, and are so-well organised, a national guide is published a year in advance. Long before the internet and e-Bay’s electronic alternatives, flea markets, car boot, jumble and bric-a-brac sales were and remain, a source of pin money for students and pensioners, […]

Rentrée hot on Pensions, Burqas and Roma

Rentrée hot on Pensions, Burqas and Roma

Will the streets bring down France’s reformist president? Unlikely, but Nicholas Sarkozy’s plan for a burqa ban might not survive a rentrée piquante. The latest menu of popular discontent resembles an expensive restaurant’s overdone wine list, led by teachers on a two-day strike only hours after regaining their classrooms post-summer, and SNCF staff determined to […]

Germ ‘warfare’ hits CRS Riot Police

Germ ‘warfare’ hits CRS Riot Police

Forty-eight anti-riot CRS police have thrown a sickie and declared themselves to be unfit for work, after an ‘epidemic outbreak of deep malaise’ in the Carcassonne barracks. The southern–based CRS 57 Compagnie Républicaine se Sécurité complains about massive performance-related pressures, unresponsive and insensitive management by the Company’s commanders and la bâtonite or “batonitis” – an […]

Deauville Debut Films Dominate

Deauville Debut Films Dominate

Debut Films Dominate Competition Of the 100 films being showcased at the 36th Deauville American Film Festival, 12 will be in competition. Of the films in competition, no fewer than seven will be first time features. The Festival is an event open to all, film professionals or film fans alike. If you would like to […]

Culture Calendar: The First Monet Exhibition in Paris in 30 Years

Culture Calendar: The First Monet Exhibition in Paris in 30 Years

If you have ever bought a box of chocolates, then you will be familiar with the work of Impressionist, Claude Monet (1840-1926) Poppy Field – The Most Famous Monet of all? Such popularist popularity, tends to belittle an artists work in the eyes of art afficiandos. Indeed, when Monet and his fellow Impressionists first put […]

Jet2.com Flying to Brive From May 2011

Jet2.com Flying to Brive From May 2011

Barely two months after the new Brive – Vallée de la Dordogne airport opened, Jet2.com is signalling its confidence in the new route and launching a Manchester – Brive summer seasonal service from 21 May 2011. Jet2.com thus joins CityJet (an Air France/KLM subsidiary) and Airlinair to become the third airline to offer a vote […]

Now Air France Loses its Cool…

Now Air France Loses its Cool…

Big “P” hype has put the frighteners on Air France-KLM, the European airline holding joint venture, and the French flag carrier has now ordered wide-berth demarcation between adults and children — as in unaccompanied minors — on all its flights. The goal, says a report just published in Le Figaro is to prevent accusations of […]

WWOOF – An Organic Bite to that Holiday

WWOOF – An Organic Bite to that Holiday

Forget the bark, WWOOFers — a long-established world-wide movement — are a quiet sturdy breed, offering a different way of discovering another face of France. Hardy WWOOFers claim working holidays on farms around the country are a cultural experience, offering unique insights that are never forgotten. The WWOOF world-wide network started in the UK in […]

Californian TGV hangs on holocaust record

Californian TGV hangs on holocaust record

French efforts to win a share of California’s planned $45bn, 800-mile TGV, or high-speed, rail project are bumping up against some potentially embarrassing historic buffers. Bob Blumenfield, a Democratic assemblyman in that US state, has pushed through a measure requiring firms seeking contracts with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to “make full disclosure of any […]

Back in Business, the Troubled July 14 Site

Back in Business, the Troubled July 14 Site

France’s official website France.fr created to enhance the national image, is back up again, after an initial abortive launch July 14, sparked derision on the Web. Thierry Saussez director of the Government Information Service (GIS), said August 16: “France.fr reopened this morning. We consider that we are currently undergoing a large-scale test. The official relaunch […]

A Farmer’s Lot is not an ‘Appy One

A Farmer’s Lot is not an ‘Appy One

Life on the average French farm is no easy ride, agitated, often lonely and in old-age frequently penurious, farmers are in the spotlight for many reasons, few of them good. In a country with centuries of rural tradition and a food and wine heritage the envy of the world, the plight of rural folk is […]

You Think the Banking Crisis is Over?

You Think the Banking Crisis is Over?

The global financial crisis which had its roots in the U.S. sub-prime mortgage scandal that surfaced in June 2007 and virtually broke the back of the banks, plunged the world into the worst crisis since the recession of the 30s. Many hundreds of column inches have been written about what went wrong and despite the […]

Market Day – a Lifestyle Obsession

Market Day – a Lifestyle Obsession

FrenchNewsOnline is expanding – the latest new section “Lifestyle” — is now launched, featuring food markets by a guest contributor Vivienne Bolton — and the latest must-do – walking at least part of the Pilgrim Way to Compostela.

New Twist in Haiti Hoax Website Saga

New Twist in Haiti Hoax Website Saga

Defying Quai d’Orsay anger more than 90 leading academics, authors and other prominent figures from around the world have publicly called on the French government to reimburse 90 million gold francs to Haiti, its former Caribbean colony. In an open letter published August 16 in the French national newspaper Libération the campaigners claim France “extorted” […]

Where Will the Radioactive Waste Go?

Where Will the Radioactive Waste Go?

Some 80% of French power comes from the country’s 58 nuclear power plants yet a permanent home for radioactive waste is only set come on stream around 2025. France is a world leader in this technology which attracts virtually no political opposition in the country and only muted protest efforts by local lobbies and isolated […]

Unifying the EU Tax System?

Unifying the EU Tax System?

As France and Germany move closer to aligning tax policy how long before the rest of the EU follows suit? [Read More….]

Do Google/Verizon pose a threat to the internet?

Do Google/Verizon pose a threat to the internet?

We take the Internet for granted today — barely a decade or so after the World Wide Web’s massive digital resource centre merged with so many lives through computers, mobiles, ipods and other platforms — but Google and Verizon (an ISP) might be about to change all that. Read on. You might want to be […]

Can Wine Worshippers Tolerate Screw Caps

Can Wine Worshippers Tolerate Screw Caps

Would anyone sip and savour a $40,000 Jéroboam of Dom Perignon White Gold whose bouchon went “clik” rather than “blop”? The cork industry, discharging double barrels in its fight to the death with synthetic “cappers”, sincerely hopes true wine lovers will resoundingly choose “le blop”. Indeed the industry might be asking (but hasn’t) what self-respecting […]

Iron Fist on Law and Order

Iron Fist on Law and Order

As France streams south for August with 700km bottlenecks building up on sunbaked motorways, President Nicolas Sarkozy is using summer holiday torpor to wield an iron fist on law and order. Following Roma traveller riots in July in Saint-Aignan, central France, after a gypsy was shot dead by police during a car chase, government has […]

Camargue Fights Catalan Bull

Camargue Fights Catalan Bull

When Barcelona banned bullfighting late July blood ran cold in the Camargue. Mediterranean France, southern Spain, Portugal and bullrings across Latin America feared a mortal estocada in what to them is a way of life, a tourist attraction and a money spinner. Hemingway’s “glorious display of courage”, now so unexpectedly emasculated by nationalist politicians in […]

Euro-Champion Sheepdog Trials for Vienne

Euro-Champion Sheepdog Trials for Vienne

Synonym for a sheep dog (clue: 6 letters), that must be collie, border collie to be precise. Once there were almost as many breeds as there were regions herding sheep but today in Europe, the collie is the dog of choice. So once a year on the continent they gather for three days of trials. […]

Good-bye Lawn – Drought Hits 32 Areas

Good-bye Lawn – Drought Hits 32 Areas

Despite flash floods, a very wet late winter and early Spring, water is now officially in short supply across 32 French départements with restrictions in force from 22 July 2010…  (Purchase access with TinyPass…) 

Stay Fit, says Exoudun Mayor, Swat a Fly

Stay Fit, says Exoudun Mayor, Swat a Fly

Now here’s a Mayor who knows what he wants .. dead flies and fit citizens. Jean-Marie Auzanneau-Fouquet mayor of Exoudun, a tiny 620-strong community in Deux-Sèvres département (79800), Poitou-Charentes, says swatting flies keeps you fit and is eco-friendly.. after a fashion anyway. Confronted by villagers overwhelmed by the excessive fly population this year — weather […]

Flu “pandemic”: Scam, Scandal or Waste?

Flu “pandemic”: Scam, Scandal or Waste?

Reports surfacing in France, the UK and Italy suggest the 2009 swine flu pandemic scare bore signs of a significant overreaction to reality. Oreste Rossi an MEP for Italy’s Northern League is seeking a European Parliament inquiry into the World Health Organisation’s handling of the swine flu affair. In France an official parliamentary report shows […]

Contador Wins le Tour – Sheep Shake Pelaton

Contador Wins le Tour – Sheep Shake Pelaton

Spain’s Alberto Contador has claimed the Tour de France for a second time after winning a 52 km long individual time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac. Contador extended his lead in the race, winning by 39 seconds after a tough push from his rival, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. He finished off the 2010 Tour with […]

Want a TGV train seat – one euro on Ebay

Want a TGV train seat – one euro on Ebay

Calling all train buffs. For four weeks from end August the operators of the recently refurbished Thalys, the joint service offered by the Belgian, French, Dutch and German railways, is auctioning items from its old coaches on eBay . Anoraks can line up bids on eBay between August 25 and September 18 for 120 train […]

Fired – the Whole “Les Bleus” Squad

Fired – the Whole “Les Bleus” Squad

Foul-mouthed on field, sex on sidelines, training strikes, ignominous play and now fired … the lot of them. France’s new coach Laurent Blanc has sacrificed the full 23-man World Cup squad and announced that fresh faces will play Norway in France’s friendly fixture scheduled for August 11. The decision to punish the disastrous World Cup […]

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