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November screenings of French films with English subtitles in Paris

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:30:43 +0200

Paris-based cinema club Lost in Frenchlation has a special ‘Women in the spotlight’ programme planned for November, with plenty of amazing films to look forward to.

French word of the Day: Se régaler

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:21:57 +0200

If you enjoy enjoying things and then telling people about it, we have the word to help you show your full appreciation.

Nine maps that explain France's north-south divide

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:49:52 +0200

If you’ve ever wondered why French people seem to love moaning about their northern/southern counterparts, these light-hearted maps will shed some light on the matter.

No pumpkins but a day off: How the French celebrate Halloween

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:06:02 +0200

Visitors from countries such as the UK and - in particular the USA - might be expecting to see the shops full of pumpkins, ghost costumes and mini candy, but in France things are a little more restrained around Halloween.

Paris Metro pickpocketing gang jailed for a total of 113 years

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:53:39 +0200

A pickpocket gang that targeted the Paris Metro have been jailed for a total of 113 years.

Five things to know about renting out your holiday home in France

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:52:59 +0200

Many people who buy a second home in France hope that as well as it being a pleasant bolthole, they will also generate some rental income. But it's a bit more complicated that just posting an advert and waiting for the money to roll in.

Trains cancelled and roads closed as flooding hits southern France

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:28:43 +0200

Southern France has been hit with torrential rain and heavy flooding that has lead to train cancellations and road closures and the evacuation of a camp site.

14 simple ways to avoid the Paris pickpockets and petty thieves

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:04:26 +0200

Pickpocketing is an age-old problem on the Paris Metro and it can ruin your day or even your trip to the French capital. But there simple things you can do to make it less likely to happen.

Man arrested after stand-off at French archaeology museum where threatening Arabic message found

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:02:16 +0200

A man has been arrested after a stand-off at a museum in southern France on Wednesday, where threatening messages in Arabic have been written on the building's walls, a police source told AFP.

The new website for claiming back transport costs to medical appointments in France

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:56:59 +0200

A little-known perk of France’s social security system is the reimbursement patients get for travel costs if they have regular medical appointments. Here’s what you have to do to claim.

Where to celebrate Diwali in France in 2019

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:59:01 +0200

France’s Indian community will be hosting a number of Diwali events across the country in the last days of October.

France abandons its 2020 tourism target, blaming Brexit and 'yellow vests'

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:20:27 +0200

The French government has abandoned its goal of welcoming 100 million foreign visitors in 2020, blaming the impacts of months of anti-government protests and Britain's looming exit from the EU, the finance ministry said Tuesday.

A missing painting, crowd trouble and an international spat . . . but Da Vinci exhibition is now set to open in Paris

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:20:52 +0200

A blockbuster retrospective of Leonardo da Vinci opens on Thursday at the Louvre museum to mark 500 years since the death of the Renaissance master in the historic town of Amboise, France.

What changes for unemployment in France from November 2019

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:18:15 +0200

This November brings big changes for people claiming unemployment benefits in France.

What you need to know before buying a house in France

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:49:41 +0200

Buying property is never simple - but add in another language and a totally different purchase system and the French property market can be a stressful place. Here are some tips for navigating it, from people who've done it.

Terraces to tipping: The etiquette for visiting a French café

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:43:51 +0200

The café is a ubiquitous part of French life, whether it's the bustling terraces of Paris or the sleepy village establishment with its clientele of old men nursing a pastis. But how should you behave in one?

US head of chemical firm to face French Senate over massive factory blaze

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:13:45 +0200

The American head of a chemicals company whose plant in northern France was ravaged by a huge fire last month, spewing a noxious black cloud for miles around, will face two parliamentary commissions on Tuesday seeking answers on the site's security.

'Lisa Simpson or an emoji': Paris' 2024 Olympics logo prompts ridicule

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:04:41 +0200

Paris has unveiled its logo for the 2024 Olympics and it's fair to say that it - or rather she - has attracted some criticism.

French 'more wealthy than Americans and Germans', new study reveals

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:06:58 +0200

A new global wealth report has revealed that while there are far more millionaires in the United States than in France, the French are actually more wealthy than Americans on average.

French farmers hold another day of protest across the country

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:07:49 +0200

French farmers organised another day of protest across France on Tuesday, this time targeting prefectures.