Vacation Vouchers: Four million French took the opportunity in 2014

Launched in 1982, under Francois Mitterrand, the holiday voucher, known as cheque vacancies, is more popular than ever. According to the ANCV ( Agence Nationale pour les Chèques-Vacances),  4 million French families benefited from last years payment as the figures was released earlier today, Thursday. The amount in monetary terms that the vouchers represented was …

Air Traffic Strikes Again

Tomorrow, the French air traffic controllers with the SNCTA union are starting a 48 hour strike, which will be part of an overall nine full days of strike action between now and the 2nd May. “Disruption is expected over the whole country,” said the DGAC civil aviation authority which has asked airlines to reduce the number …

French Driving getting Worse

According to the latest studies of how the French behave behind the wheel, the standard of French driving is getting worse. The study by TNS-Sofres for the insurer Axa, found that the amount of drivers who claim to obey the highway code to the letter has dropped from 51% to 48% in the past year. …

Hollande wants to Boost Investment

President Hollande  speaking yesterday to the defense industry, says that it has has “a future in France.”  The president announced a series of measures for investment for companies, including an “exceptional tax mechanism” of investment support. The head of state was visiting the Forges de Trie-Château (Oise) site that has escaped bankruptcy in 2008, after …

Different School Holiday Dates for Some

SCHOOL holiday dates for the 2015/16 academic year in France have been unveiled by the education ministry – with changes to the zones that some areas fall within and a slightly later finish to the academic year. All pupils will go back to school on September 1 this year, and the same date in 2016. …

Keep Chocolate Away From Pets

With Easter, just a couple of days away, French vets have issued a warning to all pet-owners to keep chocolate away from their animals because it is dangerous for them and can result in the death of the animal. Vets say that chocolate is the fourth greatest cause of pet poisoning after paracetemol, ibuprofen and …

Unlimited Soft Drinks Ban

MPs in the National Assembly have approved an amendment to the wide-ranging health law, currently being debated, that will see restaurants in France being banned from offering unlimited refills of soft drinks. The measure would see an end to the self-service soda machines situated at fast-food outlets, motorway service stations and cafes in big stores …

Easter Holidays

Just a quick note to remind everyone about the opening hours here in France during the Easter period. For Good Friday and Easter Saturday, shops are open as normal, although it is still best to check locally just in case.  Easter day, Sunday, all the shops are shut as per normal with the majority of …