French company is recycling used face masks into useful objects

Jun 10, 2022
The company takes used and discarded symbols of the pandemic and turns them into items such as coat hangers and classroom rulers.
Plaxtil co-founder Jean-Marc Neveu with used face masks in the factory where they are transformed.
John Laurenson

Victory for Le Pen in France's presidential election would have big repercussions for France — and the rest of the EU

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Apr 22, 2022
The leader of France's far-right National Rally party has promised radical change if she wins the presidency.
Though opinion polls show a Marine Le Pen victory as unlikely, she was at one point only 3 percentage points behind President Emmanuel Macron.
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French car commercials will soon urge buyers to reconsider driving

Jan 14, 2022
Automakers will have to include language that suggests consumers take public transportation or bike or walk, especially for shorter trips.
In France, car commercials will need language that encourages consumers not to drive.
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For these barrels of wine, it's "merroir" ... not "terroir"

Aug 30, 2021
A French entrepreneur is using a method to ferment wine barrels in ocean waters.
Emmanuel Poirmeur, a winemaker, samples a glass of wine that fermented in big, white barrels under the sea.
John Laurenson

France’s budget electric vehicle looks like a toaster and is sold like one, too

Jul 21, 2021
Citroën's "mobility object" is a small two-seater — think of it as a four-wheel moped. No driver's license required.
The new all-electric urban vehicle named 'Ami' by French carmaker Citroen is taken for a test drive for the purposes of a photo illustration in the Place le la Concorde on 23 September 2020, in Paris, France. Citroen's Ami falls into the quadricycle category, and can be driven without a license in France from the age of 14.
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Eau de livestock, anyone?

Apr 26, 2021
France has passed a law to protect the sounds and smells of the countryside as a way to preserve French heritage.
A new law protects France's "sensorial heritage" — its smells and sounds, including those that have provoked lawsuits by annoyed rural residents.
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French farmers protest taking meat off Lyon school lunch menu

Mar 30, 2021
Green Party Mayor Grégory Doucet says adopting a single meatless menu helps to make social distancing easier during COVID-19.
Farmers protested the meat ban with a banner reading "Stop ideology in our plates."
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Monaco is seeing a boost in French visitors

Jan 4, 2021
French patrons are visiting restaurants and other establishments that remain open in the small, neighboring principality.
A waiter wearing a protective face mask sets a table on the terrace at the Cafe de Paris as restaurants and cafes reopen in Monaco in June.
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The luxury short-term rental market finds its niche

Oct 22, 2020
A market for people who are seeking select properties, and who are willing to pay the price. Concierge and helicopter service, anyone?
The owner of the Fort du Petit, available for rent on Airbnb, walks in front of the 17th century military fortress in northwestern France.
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Lourdes, dependent on pilgrims, sees economic downturn with pandemic

Oct 12, 2020
The pilgrims are only returning in small numbers compared with the 6 million a year who usually come.
Pilgrims stand in front of Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 16, 2020.
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