France avoids the Recession

An interesting piece that I have just come across is the announcement that the French economy grew by 0.14% in the third quarter of 2008 has baffled the pundits and delighted the government. While Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States have moved clearly into recession, France has managed to grow its economy, albeit by …

Train Strikes

Just to try and keep everyone up to date on all the strikes at the moment, French Railway (SNCF) Union leaders have announced a strike for Sunday 23 November, commencing at 8 pm, and no length of duration has been specified. The percentage of cancelled or delayed trains has not been specified yet. For more …

Pilot Strike

French pilots have voted to strike this weekend which is likely to severely hit the Flag carrier Air France and is expected to end Monday at Midnight. The pilots are striking as they oppose proposed new rules to come into effect in 2010 that would end the current requirement for them to retire at 60, …

Car Safety Kits

From the beginning of October, it will be a legal requirement to have a yellow reflective Vest and a Red Warning Triangle in your Car, otherwise you face the risk of a fine of €135. Also make sure that the vest is kept in the Glove compartment, or within easy reach of the driver. The …

French Fishermen on Strike

A Strike by French fishermen, protesting about the large increase in the price of Fuel, has led to the implementation of Operation Stack on the M20 in Kent to ease jams caused by lorries going to Dover port. Blockades by the fishermen have closed the ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne. At 1700 BST, it …

National Holidays in France

During May there are several days that are National Holidays, and everywhere is closed. These are : May 1st – May Day May 8th – VE Day May 12th – Pentecost Monday To anyone who lives here, they are probarly aware of these dates, but for anyone visiting france on holiday, its good to be …