French online property rentals 'blocking those with Arabic names'

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An anti-discrimination association is preparing legal action against property owners advertising holiday homes online who a French radio investigation has found turned away potential renters with North African names for no reason other than their Arabic names, a practice described by one journalist as affecting 'tonnes of people each day'. 

Hotel bookings 'fall in France since terror attacks'

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France's tourism industry reported a 10% drop in hotel bookings from January to July 2016, compared to a year before.

France fears baguette crisis as bakers allowed to take holidays

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Historic laws that compelled bakers in Paris to curtail their holidays over the summer have been scrapped.

Saudi King builds 'illegal' beach lift for French Riviera holidays

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The mayor of Vallauris insists lift built to give Saudi Arabia's King Salman access to a fenced-off public beach has no planning permission.

French utility EDF seeks to cut workers’ 10-week holiday quota

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EDF staff work an average of 39.5 hours a week, more than 35-hour legal limit, so they won deal in 1999 to get an extra 23 days off a year.

French unions furious at business proposals to cut holidays and working rights

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Employers' federation calls for cutting two public holidays out of 11 and allowing the very poor to be paid less than the minimum wage.

French riviera: private beach clubs at risk under demolition plans

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Authorities are serving notice to owners of 'private beaches' on France's coastline that buildings must be pulled down once permit comes to an end.

French government announces tax relief as euro election looms

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Prime minister Manuel Valls says move will exempt 1.8 million households from income tax, with €1 billion cost funded by anti tax fraud measures. 

Proposal to replace Christian holidays sparks row in France

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An official with France’s National Observatory on Secularism proposes two Christian holidays be replaced by Muslim and Jewish celebrations.

French ministers defy Francois Hollande and holiday abroad

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President faces embarrassment after two ministers defied advice to take austerity-driven "staycations" and enjoyed luxury New Year's breaks abroad.

French holiday habit survives the crisis

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An international study finds that the French take more holidays than any other European nation, representing an average 30 working days per year.

Former French PM Fillon in Rome hospital after moped fall

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Former French prime minister François Fillon breaks his foot in a moped accident while holidaying on Capri, Italy, with Ferrari's chairman.

French foreign minister lost in Tunisia fable

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French foreign affairs minister Michèle Alliot-Marie has come under intense pressure to resign following further revelations about her New Year's holidays with her partner and family in strife-torn Tunisia. Contradicting her version hitherto of events, it now emerges that during the trip she held talks with now-deposed president and despot Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, while her parents signed a business deal with an entrepreneur close to the regime. Here, Mediapart compares the minister's public statements with the truth established so far, revealing how she has misled both the French public and parliament.

Fillon crash-lands into 'Air Dictator' row


First there was the scandal of French foreign minister Michèle Alliot-Marie's holidays in strife-torn Tunisia, now comes that of Prime Minister François Fillon's sojourn in Egypt courtesy of President Hosni Mubarak. The revelations have stunned opinion in France and made headlines around the world, prompting President Nicolas Sarkozy to tell ministers they must holiday in France from now on. Marine Turchi reports on the parliamentary turbulence caused by the latest jet-set holiday disclosures.