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FRENCH public holidays for 2018 are set to favour the workers over the bosses as many days off take place close to the weekend this year. One advantage of the long weekends is that they should help boost tourism numbers especially if the weather plays nice and the sun shines.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at This French Life
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THE number of people suffering from flu conditions is at epidemic levels across many regions of France. The latest report from health authorities, Santé Publique France, shows that eight regions of France are currently at epidemic levels of illness, while four are showing pre-epidemic results. More than 3,200 people ended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at This French Life
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THE Dordogne authorities are to press local mayors to give a full address to homes and properties to help the emergency services and la poste locate buildings. France Bleu Périgord reports that many corners of the Dordogne do not have a full address of a number and a name for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at This French Life
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A WALKER out in the countryside on Saturday afternoon, 16 December, has been accidentally shot dead by a hunter who was out tracking down sanglier. The 59-year-old man died at the scene, in the village of Taulignan in south east France, despite the efforts of local emergency services. The hunter,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at This French Life
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THE French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has said that €100 million will be spent to ensure high-speed internet is available in isolated rural areas. Speaking in Cahors, in the Lot, Edouard Philippe said that he wanted to see good broadband speeds available across France by 2020, with high-speed access available... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at This French Life
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OUR Georgian and Victorian ancestors probably celebrated Christmas with more modest wine consumption than we do today – if the size of their wine glasses are anything to go by. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that the capacity of wine glasses has increased seven-fold over the past... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at This French Life
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A STRIKING statue to one of The Cockleshell Heroes, who took part in a World War Two mission to blow up enemy ships in the port of Bordeaux, has been unveiled in his home town. The bravery of Royal Marine James Conway is honoured with a permanent memorial in Stockport... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at This French Life
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LOW cost airline, easyJet, has announced a major expansion of its French flights including a new link between Bordeaux and Southend Airport, in Essex. The flight to Bordeaux will have three weekly frequencies once it launches on 25 July 2018, and easyJet has said it sees many opportunities for flights... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at This French Life
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THE French government has outlined a plan that will see a choir in every collège from the rentrée of 2018. Education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, launched the plan at a school in Paris, saying teaching support would be made available to schools. Jean-Michel Blanquer said that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at This French Life
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A YOUNG boy, called Kenzo, was found walking along a road in Brittany in his slippers and pyjamas on Sunday morning. And when the five-year-old boy was asked by the gendarmes what he was doing, he said that he was off to see Father Christmas. Thankfully all ended well according... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at This French Life
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WITH Christmas fast approaching, craft artisans will be setting up their stalls at the foyer rural in Villefranche-du-Périgord hoping to tempt people with a host of unique gifts. The popular Marché de Noël will take place on Saturday 23 December and offers up a chance to buy handmade toys and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at This French Life
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FOR the rentrée of schools next year the education minister has said mobile phones will be banned at both école and collège levels. Jean-Michel Blanquer said that for the return to school for the new academic year in 2018, a ban on mobile phones will be in place. The ages... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at This French Life
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A NEW service has been launched by Airbnb in France that provides details of the holiday homes and lets available down to the level of local communes. Dataville draws on the service's database to provide details on the number of advertisers, the number of travellers and where they are from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at This French Life
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SNCF is going through a slow, and some might say questionable, re-branding exercise with a new address now being promoted for its website. The website can now be found at Oui.sncf rather than the long standing voyages-sncf.com, although the UK version is still accessed via the older version of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at This French Life
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FOR the third time this year, the owner of a small number of sheep and goats has found his animals have been attacked overnight by errant dogs. France Bleu Périgord reports that on Monday morning Guy Destan, of Saint-Capraise-de-Lalinde in the Dordogne, found one of his goats dead and four... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at This French Life
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A WIDE range of arts and crafts will be on display at the Noël'Art Christmas market taking place in Castillonnès, in the Lot-et-Garonne. Dozens of stalls will be offering up individual items, many hand made, as well as festive treats including mulled wine, chocolates and other sweets. The Christmas market... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at This French Life
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A REDUCTION in the speed limit from 90 km/h to 80 km/h on routes départementales in France could be introduced early next year. Le Point reports that the speed limit reduction would apply to roads with no physical central barrier to split the traffic, meaning the vast majority of roads... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at This French Life
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IF you use fioul for your domestic hot water or heating then you might want to get an order in before 2018 arrives to save paying an increase in the cost. Price comparison website, Fioul Market, is advising customers that a tax increase is set to come into force on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at This French Life
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SOLDIERS are to be deployed to tourist attractions and towns in the Dordogne as security measures are maintained as part of the Opération Sentinelle plan to protect against terrorist acts. France Bleu Périgord reports that 33 military personnel from the 126ème Régiment d’infanterie de Brive will be on patrol during... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at This French Life
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WITH overnight temperatures set to be around -5°C this weekend, the Dordogne authorities are ready to offer help and support to those most in need. Around 100 emergency places will be made available in Périgueux, Bergerac and Sarlat providing homeless people a warm place to stay in the fight against... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at This French Life
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DON'T get bounced around the basketball court, take it easy and get fit with Basket Santé being staged for the first time at the sports centre in Villefranche-du-Périgord. The basketball club in the village is holding its first session of Basket Santé aimed at older people to help boost their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at This French Life
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I HAVE already noticed the distinctive 'candyfloss' nests of the pine processionary caterpillars high in the trees whilst driving around parts of the Dordogne. And now drones will take to the skies in Cannes in an attempt to measure and ultimately destroy the nests found in the city. The 20... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at This French Life
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ENJOY a slice of comedy-theatre with Pierre Barré and his one-man spectacular, Ça Cartonne, that takes a comical look at the history of the pizza box. Hosted by the Café Associatif L'Ecole, in the salles des fêtes in Loubéjac the show is open to both young and old and takes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at This French Life
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EXPLORE the French countryside with L'École buissonnière in the foyer rural of Villefranche-du-Périgord. Alongside Totoche, Paul will make a school out of life, out of nature's secrets, and learn to catch fish and everything there is to know about game, mushrooms and plants. The film showing, in French, takes place... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at This French Life
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YOU don't get if you don't ask, so why shouldn't Sarlat invite the Queen to its Christmas fair this year? In a smart PR move the team behind the organisation of the fair, which this year has taken the theme of "So British", has sent a letter of invitation to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at This French Life