Paris Climate Talks

  The former Governor of California and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger, has visited Paris in his role of the R20 group of regional authorities to chair a conference on protecting the environment and reducing climate change. The two-day summit comes ahead of next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, where world leaders will discuss a …

Pharmacies Closed Today

Most of the Pharmacies are closed today in France as they are on strike, providing just an emergency service,  As far as I am aware, they are protesting because supermarkets want to be able to sell some over the counter medicines such as Paracetamol. Initially the idea of this sounds good in principle and it …

Faced with Netflix, Fleur Pellerin wants to “make France a champion of TV fiction”

TELEVISION: The Minister of Culture has moved this Friday at the Festival of TV fiction of La Rochelle, three days of arrival in France Netflix … J-3. The long-awaited Netflix therefore arrived in France on Monday with its legal offer of films and series as attractive to consumers worrisome for audiovisual players. At La Rochelle, until …

Roundup of the Vel d’Hiv: For Hollande, a “crime committed in France by France”

COMMEMORATION: He also praised the “courage” of Jacques Chirac, the first president to have said … François Hollande acknowledged in turn Sunday that the arrest of thousands of Jews during the roundup of the Vel d’Hiv in July 1942, was a “crime committed in France by France” and praised the “courage” of Jacques Chirac , …

National Holiday Dates

Thought this might come in useful for some. Public Holidays 2014 Date Day Holiday (English) 1 January Wednesday New Year’s Day 18 Apr Friday Good Friday(only in Alsace and Moselle) 21 April Monday Easter Monday 1 May Thursday Labour Day 8 May Thursday Victory in Europe Day 29 May Thursday Ascension Day 8 June Sunday …

Camping holidays in France

Camping in France, either in tents, caravans or mobile homes is a hugely popular activity both with French people and foreigners from neighbouring European countries. There are around 11,000 campsites scattered across France, ranging from minimal facility farm campsites through to luxury holiday parks. Most campsites in France are graded by stars, one to four …

French Protests – Black Thursday

To update everyone on the latest strike details this thursday, I have just come across this on France24, which throws a bit more light on what to expect. Major disruptions to transport and public services are expected on “Black Thursday” after all of France’s main trade unions called for a general strike in response to …

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 …