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IT is now compulsory for children under-12 when cycling with an adult to wear a helmet, including when a child is sat on a seat on the back of a bicycle. Adults face a fine of €90 otherwise, and helmets with the CE quality mark are required bearing the NF... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at This French Life
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IF you are keen to get involved in local events in Villefranche-du-Périgord then the comité des fêtes is set to reform and is looking for volunteers. In recent years a number of events have taken place in the village, but these have often been organised by the mairie, but now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at This French Life
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IT seems likely that some ares of south west France will face water restrictions in the summer months after the failure of the winter rains to refill water courses. Sud Ouest reports that regions such as Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime have seen half as much rainfall as normal, with the Dordogne... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at This French Life
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DURING the quieter winter months Bergerac Airport has been building a covered car parking area, and on top of it has been placed a large number of solar panels. The promotions team at Bergerac Airport has taken a photograph of the panels across the parking bays and there is likely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at This French Life
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STRONG winds battered the Dordogne throughout Sunday and Monday causing extensive damage to buildings, power cuts as well as sparking a fire in local woodland. Winds of up to 90km/h blew across the département, with an electricity cable torn from a pylon close to Mazeyrolles causing 15 hectares of woodland... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at This French Life
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Florence is a school teacher devoted to her students. When she meets little Sasha, a troubled child, she will do everything possible to save him, even if she abandons her life as a mother or a woman and even calls into question her vocation. Florence will realise little by little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at This French Life
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FRENCH public holidays for 2017 are set to favour the workers over the bosses as many days off take place either before or after 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at This French Life
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THE fight is on to save the La Poste office in Villefranche-du-Périgord after notice was given that its opening hours will be reduced. Bosses at La Poste have said that the office will close on Monday afternoon, it was already closed in the morning, but local mayors and villagers are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at This French Life
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A MAP of the summer 2017 flight destinations from Bergerac Airport has been published. Regular flights to the Dordogne for the summer holiday period will be available from many cities in the UK, operated by Ryanair, Flybe, Jet2 and British Airways (infilled circles mark services). Flights to Bruxelles-Charleroi and Amsterdam... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at This French Life
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THIS weekend sees many towns and villages across France raise funds for the Téléthon charity, with extensive coverage on television and radio as well. Here in Villefranche-du-Périgord there will be a number of events starting on the morning of Saturday 3 December based around the foyer rural with cakes, fresh... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at This French Life
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BERGERAC airport is often used as a route to south west France, and for winter 2016-17 they have announced the start of a number of new routes. There will be flights to London Stansted, Liverpool, Southampton and Amsterdam as well as Christmas flights to Manchester and Edinburgh for a bit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Holiday Resorts in France
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Cézanne et moi is a 2016 French biographical drama film based on the friendship between 19th century novelist Émile Zola and painter Paul Cézanne. The film was written and directed by Danièle Thompson; it stars Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol, Déborah François and Sabine Azéma. It was named as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at This French Life
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THE annual autumn fair in Villefranche-du-Périgord takes place on Friday 11 November, offering up range of local products and items from village shops and artisans. Armistice Day will also be remembered with a simple ceremony outside the mairie, usually starting around 11h30 where a small crowd gathers close to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at This French Life
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MR. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at This French Life
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A ROUND table meeting was held in the National Assembly in Paris on Thursday to discuss the impact of Brexit on British people living in France. I watched the full two hour discussion and I think it was the first time that any French MPs really got a first-hand account... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at This French Life
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OUTBREAKS of gastroenteritis across many areas of France have occurred in recent weeks, well ahead of the usual occurrence of the illness. IRSAN (Institut de Recherche pour la valorisation des données de SANté) has tracked a spike in the illness saying there have been 353 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at This French Life
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THE Dordogne will play host to two stages of the 2017 Tour de France with the race being in the area on the 10, 11 and 12 July. All the fun will start on the 10 July with a rest day in Périgueux, then on the 11 July the race... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at This French Life
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A FIRE took place at the local wooden flooring firm, Parquets Castagné, in Loubejac that saw around 70 fire personnel attend the scene over a 24-hour period. The fire started in a drying chamber late Saturday evening and spread to a woodchip storage area close by, a number of fire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at This French Life
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DRIVERS are being warned to take care on the roads during autumn, after a series of accidents in recent days in the Dordogne. Sud Ouest reports on a number of accidents where vehicles have slid off the road due to surface water. There is also the risk of petrol and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at This French Life
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ON Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, Villefranche-du-Périgord will be hosting its popular festivities marking the chestnut, and if available the cèpe mushroom. The 28th Fête de la Châtaigne et du Cèpe sees the village play host to giant cèpe omelettes, the brother and sister hood of the châtaigne and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at This French Life
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INDULGE your sweet tooth at the fourth Salon du Chocolat in Villefranche-du-Périgord on Sunday 23 October. A chocolate sculpture will slowly take shape during the day, while you can also marvel, and enjoy, some of the chocolate creations on display. The fair takes place in the foyer rural, from 10h... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at This French Life
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ALTHOUGH Mathieu has never met or known his father, he is called one morning and notified of the man's death in Canada. After learning he has two brothers, he goes to the funeral and encounters hostility from the rest of the family. The showing, in French, takes place on Friday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at This French Life
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THE French government's campaign to get those people at risk from the flu to be vaccinated against it has been launched. Each year the health service promotes an advertising campaign to ensure people susceptible to le grippe receive a vaccination. Letters will also be sent out to those aged over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at This French Life
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THE UK government has said it plans to end the 15-year limit on the right of British people living overseas to vote in UK general elections. Legislation will be introduced enabling people to vote in time for the 2020 election, it said in a policy paper. It follows a long... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at This French Life
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ENTERTAINING stories of village life are the highlight of this month's Café L'Ecole at the salle des fêtes in Loubejac. Storyteller Alice Abélia will be weaving tales of villagers of yesteryear, with colourful characters and magical adventures, all with a heavy dose of laughter and smiles on Saturday 8 October... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at This French Life