France on Monday launched a national campaign to encourage the wine-loving French to cut down on their drinking after a study showed that a quarter of them over-consume. But many still feel that “a nice meal can’t be enjoyed without a good wine”.
Paris on Saturday saw a second ultra-violent Yellow Vest protest. Although the rioting has been blamed on extreme elements who have infiltrated the movement, some Yellow Vests have now accepted it as legitimate to achieve their goals, an expert says.
President Emmanuel Macron, whose popularity plummeted to an all-time low after a proposed fuel tax rise sparked the nationwide Yellow Vest movement, is considering a strategy coup in the form of a referendum, French media reported on Sunday.
When far-right activists last spring descended on the French town of Briançon to prevent migrants from illegally crossing the border, some Alp residents quickly joined forces to stop them. “These mountains have always protected people,” they insist.
For months, French feminists have set aside November 24 as a day for nationwide marches to protest violence against women. Protesters are hoping that last-minute blockades staged by the country’s “yellow vests” don’t eclipse the women’s message.
When Paris was hit by two major terrorist attacks in 2015, France embarked on a painful journey to understand the radicalisation of its youth. Three years later, researchers have discredited initial theories about the “typical” home-grown terrorist.
Charles Aznavour, the beloved singer, songwriter and actor who was often described as the French Frank Sinatra, has died in his home in southeastern France, his spokeswoman said Monday. He was 94.
A bill initially aimed at tightening French child sex laws has been turned on its head and sparked widespread outrage, with critics accusing it of not only lessening the protection of children, but opening up a new legal loophole for child rapists.
With the help of its pioneering bike-sharing scheme, Paris was once on its way to becoming the world’s No. 1 bicycle capital. But a change of operator has left the hugely popular Vélib system in tatters, and it could cost Paris’s mayor dearly.
The banners hang torn, the ground is scattered with broken chairs and wood, and the students who occupied Paris’s Tolbiac university campus until this morning have all been evacuated. “I’m sad, but it’s far from over,” one of them tells FRANCE 24….