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 …

New Tax Declaration Dates

  This year’s income tax declaration deadlines have just been announced and are much earlier in France this year than last year for some categories of people. The dates, for online and paper declarations, show that people sending in paper declarations from more distant parts of the world now have to do so six weeks earlier …

Alibaba coming to France in October of this year

An interesting article that I have just read on Rude Bagette, is that Chinese companies continue to be drawn to France.  During a meeting yesterday with French President Francois Hollande, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma confirmed that he would be opening an ‘Alibaba Embassy’ in France with the objective of helping French businesses more easily export their products …

Airbus A340 deliberately Crashed

Evidence from the recently recovered black box in the crashed Airbus showed that the co-pilot “deliberately” destroyed the plane as passengers screamed in terror behind him. At a press conference,  Brice Robin, the procureur examining judge said that the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, intentionally put the plane into a descent while the pilot was out …