French beef in the supermarket. Photo: AFP China signed a deal Monday to lift a ban on French beef and said discussions to buy Airbus planes remained open as French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ended a four-day visit. The beef ban was imposed over a decade ago as Beijing started closing off its markets to all European imports, and later to US beef imports, in the wake of the "mad cow" disease scare. Philippe and Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of an agreement to lift the embargo, which French producers say will put their beef back on Chinese plates by September. "We are already in contact with Chinese buyers," said the president of French beef industry group Interbev, Dominique Langlois, who said the aim was to export 30,000 tonnes per year. The accord was the culmination of an agreement reached when French President Emmanuel Macron met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing earlier this year. China had … [Read more...] about China signs deal to end French beef ban
Most people are aware that their dream pied à terre in Paris is going to come to with a heftier price tag than an apartment in any other city in France but it can be difficult to know exactly which French city suits your budget. Luckily, a new survey compares what you can buy in France's 20 largest cities with a budget of 212,000 euros. This amount, which was used as the measure by the company behind the study, online property brokers meilleurtaux.com equates to a monthly payment of 1,000 euros over 20 years which is equal to the borrowing power of a couple earning 1,500 euros (net) per month -- slightly lower than the average wage in France. READ ALSO: And it won't come as a surprise to anyone that Paris is by far the most expensive city in France to buy in, with a budget of 212,000 euros equating to a 22 m2 apartment in the French capital. The south west city of Bordeaux (see below), which has experienced … [Read more...] about Compare: Which French city is the cheapest to buy property in?
The world's best known graffiti painter apparently "blitzed" the French capital over the last few days, leaving as many as six works on walls across the city. None of the works were signed -- as has been Banksy's wont in recent years -- but experts told AFP that they look genuine. The most political takes issue with France's tough anti-migrant policy, with nearly 40 makeshift camps razed in Paris in the last three years and President Emmanuel Macron determined that the city does not become a magnet for refugees. In the mural a young black girl sprays a pink wallpaper pattern over a swastika on a wall next to her sleeping bag and teddy bear in an attempt to make her patch of pavement more cosy. The image is on a wall in northern Paris next to an official refugee shelter which was controversially closed in March despite protests from the city's Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP … [Read more...] about Banksy takes aim at French government with migrant mural blitz in Paris
French fishmongers have been left furious after they were fined for not labelling their catch using the Latin names. "The customers don't even know the difference between a red scorpionfish and a red mullet and they are telling us to put the names in Latin," said one angry seller. Around a dozen fishmongers in Marseille have been fined up to €1,500 each for not putting the Latin names of fish on the labels of their produce at the market in the city's old port. The fines of between €400 and €1,500 were handed out after trading authorities visited the Vieux Port earlier this month. Some fishmongers, who set up a stall at the port each morning, also reportedly had their stock confiscated. The official EU rules state that the precise Latin name for each fish must be placed on the label along with the price. While the rule may appear needless it is designed to prevent sellers purposefully misleading customers by selling them the wrong fish. Yet the fishmongers in … [Read more...] about French fishmongers see red after being fined for not labelling fish in Latin
The drivers were caught on the A26 motorway in northern France just south of Calais, which is called the "Autoroute des Anglais". The drivers were travelling in sports cars and were taking part in a unofficial "race" down to Venice in Italy. Up to one hundred sports cars took part on Sunday, the first stage of the "rally" which was due to end in Paris. In all, some seven British drivers were caught breaking the speed limits, with cars caught travelling between 180km/h and 265km/h, according to a report in the Voix du Nord newspaper. They were eventually stopped by police at a motorway toll near the Setgues at around 3pm on Sunday. The Voix du Nord newspaper, which first reported the racers, showed a picture of one of the stopped vehicles bearing logos for the Modball Rally, an Organisers did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but the Modball website says this year's rally began Sunday in London en route to The website says drivers are not … [Read more...] about British drivers caught ‘racing’ at 265km/h on French motorway