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 …

Ban to Smoking in a Car with a Child

New figures being published in france show that passive smoking is found responsible for the death of 73,000 people. The health care bill currently being debated before the National Assembly, contains the ban on smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 12. A “measure of common sense,” according to Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, “because the concentration …

Thierry Ardisson Declares War on Kebabs

Thierry Ardisson who lives in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, says he wants to save the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli, between the Palais Royal and the Concorde, going to war against the growing kebab shops, according to the publication The Parisien . The television host said that he was “Devastated” by the state …