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Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:56:54 PST


Government to give back the right to vote for all British abroad

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:56:54 PST

The government will today (8 February) restate its commitment to ending the current 15 year time limit on British expats registering as overseas electors. As well as removing a time limit on the right to vote for UK citizens living abroad, the government intends to enfranchise any British expats who...(image)

A snowy start for many in the Dordogne

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 02:04:31 PST

MANY people in the Dordogne will have woken this morning to a centimetre or two of snow, as winter takes a bite before its time is up. Here in Loubéjac the snow began falling late evening and by the morning a still, white blanket covered the ground, with few people...(image)

Normandie Nue in Villefranche-du-Périgord: 16 February

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:40:29 PST

THE charming town of Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in crisis with dairy and livestock prices having fallen due to a flood of imports many farmers are threatened with bankruptcy. Mayor Georges Balbuzard (François Cluzet, The Intouchables and The Country Doctor) does his best to fight and raise awareness of their plight,...(image)

February opening hours for Villefranche-du-Périgord tourism office

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:13:03 PST

IT is still quiet at this time of year here in the Dordogne, but if you need to drop in on the tourism office in Villefranche-du-Périgord then it is open from 10 February. The office, found on the main Rue Notre Dame, is open Tuesday to Friday from 10h to...(image)

France bans use of mobile phones by drivers unless vehicle is properly parked

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:01:34 PST

DRIVERS in France have been warned that it is illegal to use mobile phones in their vehicles even if they have pulled over and turned their hazard lights on at the side of the road. The Court of Appeal has ruled that drivers are still 'in circulation' even if they...(image)

French public holidays 2018

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 04:16:11 PST

FRENCH public holidays for 2018 are set to favour the workers over the bosses as many days off take place close to the weekend this year. One advantage of the long weekends is that they should help boost tourism numbers especially if the weather plays nice and the sun shines....(image)

Flu at epidemic levels across many regions of France

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 02:14:46 PST

THE number of people suffering from flu conditions is at epidemic levels across many regions of France. The latest report from health authorities, Santé Publique France, shows that eight regions of France are currently at epidemic levels of illness, while four are showing pre-epidemic results. More than 3,200 people ended...(image)

Plans outlined to provide full addresses for all in the Dordogne

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 01:35:47 PST

THE Dordogne authorities are to press local mayors to give a full address to homes and properties to help the emergency services and la poste locate buildings. France Bleu Périgord reports that many corners of the Dordogne do not have a full address of a number and a name for...(image)

Walker shot dead in hunting accident

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:12:56 PST

A WALKER out in the countryside on Saturday afternoon, 16 December, has been accidentally shot dead by a hunter who was out tracking down sanglier. The 59-year-old man died at the scene, in the village of Taulignan in south east France, despite the efforts of local emergency services. The hunter,...(image)

High-speed internet in France gets €100 million boost

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:55:24 PST

THE French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has said that €100 million will be spent to ensure high-speed internet is available in isolated rural areas. Speaking in Cahors, in the Lot, Edouard Philippe said that he wanted to see good broadband speeds available across France by 2020, with high-speed access available...(image)