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Microsoft’s Skype Faces Telecom Demand, French Prosecutor Threatens Legal Action

Microsoft’s Skype Faces Telecom Demand, French Prosecutor Threatens Legal Action | Living in France | Scoop.it
French prosecutors have launched a fact-finding investigation into Microsoft’s Skype operations in France, a move to force it to register as a telecoms operator, at considerable additional operating costs, says the economic website Expansion.
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Armistice Day: an exhibit of 72,397 bodies captures what we lost —

Armistice Day: an exhibit of 72,397 bodies captures what we lost — | Living in France | Scoop.it
One visitor asked: "What have we learned?"...
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A major French port goes on strike so often that the UK has come up with a procedure called 'Operation Stack' for all the trucks that get backed up on the highway

A major French port goes on strike so often that the UK has come up with a procedure called 'Operation Stack' for all the trucks that get backed up on the highway | Living in France | Scoop.it
The 2015 deployment of Operation Stack led a business leader to call for the French and British armed forces.
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'Bonjour Mrs Macron': 101-year old Frenchwoman mistakes Angela Merkel for French President's wife

'Bonjour Mrs Macron': 101-year old Frenchwoman mistakes Angela Merkel for French President's wife | Living in France | Scoop.it
A 101-year-old French pensioner has mistaken Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, for the wife of Emmanuel Macron, the French President, in a touching mix-up during First World War commemorations.
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Trump slams France's wine industry, accusing it of unfair trade practices | Markets Insider

Trump slams France's wine industry, accusing it of unfair trade practices | Markets Insider | Living in France | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump on Tuesday took aim at France's trade practices surrounding its wine industry.
He said the country charged 'big tariffs' compared w...
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Macron hits back at Trump criticism: 'To be an ally is not to be a vassal'

Macron hits back at Trump criticism: 'To be an ally is not to be a vassal' | Living in France | Scoop.it
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, on Wednesday hit back at Donald Trump's fierce Twitter attack on his call for a &quot;real European army&quot; by saying:...
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Ryanair plane seized by French authorities in cash row

Ryanair plane seized by French authorities in cash row | Living in France | Scoop.it
The plane, which was en route to London Stansted, had 149 passengers on board.
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Emmanuel Macron: Six held in 'attack' plot against French president

Emmanuel Macron: Six held in 'attack' plot against French president | Living in France | Scoop.it
French police detain five men and a woman on suspicion of planning a violent act against the president.
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French town's schools are first to introduce uniforms | World news | The Guardian

French town's schools are first to introduce uniforms | World news | The Guardian | Living in France | Scoop.it
Local parents backed move, in country where uniforms have not been required since 1968...
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French court gives green light to cars on Seine riverbanks - The Local

French court gives green light to cars on Seine riverbanks - The Local | Living in France | Scoop.it
A French court has ruled (once again) that cars should be allowed to use the Seine riverbanks which the Paris mayor pedestrianized in her push to make the French capital more green....
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Queen Elizabeth II: The monarch can speak fluent French - and she’s not the only royal | Travel News | Travel

Queen Elizabeth II: The monarch can speak fluent French - and she’s not the only royal | Travel News | Travel | Living in France | Scoop.it
QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 92, is the most well-travelled monarch in British history. She was privately educated by a governess when young and now speaks this foreign language fluently....
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Rugby League European Championship: France beat Ireland to book World Cup spot

Rugby League European Championship: France beat Ireland to book World Cup spot | Living in France | Scoop.it
France book a 2021 World Cup berth after overcoming Ireland 24-10 in the European Championship game in Dublin.
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Panel tasting: How good is rising star Terrasses du Larzac?

Panel tasting: How good is rising star Terrasses du Larzac? | Living in France | Scoop.it
See how the Languedoc appellations of Terrasses du Larzac & Minervois La Livinière compare, with 58 wines rated by our expert panel...
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Macron defends his defence plans in Trump meeting - BBC News

French president Emmanuel Macron has defended his idea of a European military force, while at a news conference with Donald Trump. A day before the meeting, ...
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French Army Appears To Troll Trump For Skipping Cemetery Visit

French Army Appears To Troll Trump For Skipping Cemetery Visit | Living in France | Scoop.it
Trump has skipped two ceremonies honoring fallen soldiers because of rain.
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French army appears to mock Donald Trump in viral tweet

French army appears to mock Donald Trump in viral tweet | Living in France | Scoop.it
The French army tweeted that rain would not slow it down, in the wake of the president's no-shows.
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Trump mocks France's World War II record as relations with Macron deteriorate into confrontation

Trump mocks France's World War II record as relations with Macron deteriorate into confrontation | Living in France | Scoop.it
France fought valiantly in World War I but got steamrolled in World War II. Since then, France's army has emerged as one of the best in the world.
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'MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!': The Trump-Macron bromance appears dead as Trump launches into tirade against the French leader

'MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!': The Trump-Macron bromance appears dead as Trump launches into tirade against the French leader | Living in France | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump's once close relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron appears to be on the rocks after repeated Twitter attacks.
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Theresa May meets French President Emmanuel Macron | Daily

Theresa May meets French President Emmanuel Macron | Daily | Living in France | Scoop.it
Theresa May today joined Emmanuel Macron for a poignant visit to a town in the heart of the Somme region which suffered heavy bombardment during the First World War.
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The 1918 Armistice: 'The end of the nightmare' for the French

The 1918 Armistice: 'The end of the nightmare' for the French | Living in France | Scoop.it
At 11am on November 11, 1918 the armistice came into effect. At the frontline or further away from the conflict, the reactions were different. And many quietly mourned their dead.
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Policeman found dead in French prime minister’s garden

Policeman found dead in French prime minister’s garden | Living in France | Scoop.it
PM Edouard Philippe was out of the country at the time, visiting France’s Pacific colony New Caledonia...
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Languedoc reports ‘promise of a great vintage’ after fatal flash floods strip through region

Languedoc reports ‘promise of a great vintage’ after fatal flash floods strip through region | Living in France | Scoop.it
Workers in the Languedoc feel a sense of “solidarity” as deadly flash floods marked a bittersweet end to the harvest season.   Despite adverse weather towards the end of the season, the Languedoc harvest was “excellent with a good quality crops, bringing 2018 in line with previous years and the promise of a great vintage,” the consortium said. “It is a very good year for most of the wine regions with magnificent grapes in all the appellations”, Miren de Lorgeril, chair of the AOC Languedoc Wine and PGI Sud de France marketing board, said. However the volume of rainfall in the spring resulted in the spread of downy mildew in some parts of Languedoc, which she said would impact production for “appellations with a high level of commitment to organic farming, particularly Faugères and Saint Chinian.” These, she said, were likely to have lower yields this year as a result of disease. Wine production in the area, she said, is “now back in line with national average,” after two drier seasons in 2016 and 2017 left winemakers with lower yields. The news comes after deadly flash floods marked the end of the region’s harvest season, killing at least 10 people and causing devastation to homes and vineyards. The Aude department was hardest hit, and the largest number of victims were in Trèbes, near Carcassonne, where floodwater was as high as eight metres, with the equivalent of up to four months of rain falling in just six hours. The floods are the worst the Aude river has seen in more than 100 years, according to the weather monitoring service Vigicrues, with seven helicopters and 700 emergency service workers deployed to help in the rescue efforts. French President Emmanuel Macron pledged €80m in aid to support those affected by the disaster. While the damage caused to vineyards is still being assessed, it occurred at a time when the vast majority of producers in the region had already completed harvest. During a tour of Paul Mas’ wineries in the region last week, the company’s winemaker Bastien Laluze said locals in the industry felt a combination of “sadness and solidarity” after the flooding. “We were quite lucky,” he said, “but some people have lost everything.” Whilst the adverse weather conditions had no impact on the 2018 vintage, several estates are now faced with the task of lifting uprooted trees and machinery from their vineyards and making them fit for purpose again, particularly in Cabardès and the Minervois.
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French navy deploys albatrosses to detect illegal fishing

French navy deploys albatrosses to detect illegal fishing | Living in France | Scoop.it
Those illegally trawling the Indian Ocean now have cause to be wary of seabirds.
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French ranked worst in western Europe for level of English - The Local

French ranked worst in western Europe for level of English - The Local | Living in France | Scoop.it
A new ranking suggests the French are making very little progress when it comes to mastering English with the Philippines, Lebanon and South Korea all ahead in the global league table that sese France placed bottom of pile in western Europe.
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French Wine is passion imbibed in countrymen's DNA

French Wine is passion imbibed in countrymen's DNA | Living in France | Scoop.it
How does one define Frenchness? A survey long ago listed these as the top three factors: to speak French; to believe in ‘Liberty, Equality &amp; Fraternity’; and, finally, to know how to appreciate good food and wine.
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