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To boost hand sanitizer production, France uncorks a novel solution

Jul 28, 2020
Some local officials have turned to their wine producers that have distilleries to tackle a sanitizer shortage.
Pharmacists use what’s called pomace brandy to make the sanitizer.
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Some Parisians consider leaving the city permanently in the wake of COVID-19

Jul 21, 2020
Realtors see an increase in demand for homes outside the city.
The the deserted Place de l'Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe  along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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French farmers look to urban workers to help in the orchards during COVID-19

May 20, 2020
People who were confined at home in cities are signing up to help pick fruit for minimum wage.
Farmers at a vineyard in southern France.
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In midst of transit strikes in France, carpooling surges

Jan 6, 2020
As the transit strike continues in France, residents are turning to alternative transportation arrangements.
The Arc de Triomphe  along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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Greek restaurant and hotel owners unhappy with migrant camps

Dec 30, 2019
They say overcrowded camps of migrants are driving away tourist business.
Migrants protesting in the town of Samos, Greece.
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Airbnb faces protests in Athens

Dec 10, 2019
Protesters against the platform in the Greek capital have taken things up a notch.
In 10 years, the Greek capital has experienced a doubling in the number of visitors.
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French startups take advantage of unsold food rules

Oct 21, 2019
France passed a law three and a half years ago requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food to the needy instead of throwing it away, making it a leader in the fight against food waste.
Chef Solène Gallard at Refettorio.
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Organic farming near hives can help bees, study says

Oct 18, 2019
Scientists in France may have found a means of averting bee colony collapse.
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Police say pickpocketing is on the rise in Paris

Jun 28, 2019
City of Light ... fingers?
French police officers detain a man suspected of pickpocketing in Paris during a 2015 crackdown on pickpockets and street scammers targeting mostly tourists.
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Naples pizza makers embark on an education campaign

Jun 13, 2019
The original pizzas were topped with oil, cheese, basil and lard.
A Neapolitan pizza made with lard.
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