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Good neighbour day.

The Ville de Paris and the new Tramway des Marchaux are taking part in this years edition of Immeubles en fte on 30 May by offering an aperitif to future passengers from 18.00 to 20.30 at three separa...
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Parks, gardens and window boxes.

The Town Council has announced a competition for the best window box, balcony garden, faade or courtyard in the French capital as part of its campaign to make Paris greener. Prizes include shopping vo...
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Smart parking card.

Motorists will be able to pay for parking tickets at machines in all Parisian arrondissements with the electronic Moneo smart card by the end of May. The Paris city council has also extended the use o...
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City council opens its canteen to the needy.

As of 13 February, the Ville de Paris is to provide meals for the needy at its own staff canteen in Quai des Clestins (in the 4me arrondissement). In collaboration with the association Les Restos du...
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Paris Illumine Paris.

Twelve specially designated areas of Paris will be decorated with artistically designed Christmas lights until mid-January in a project to highlight the diversity of the French capital, now in its sec...
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Footbridge under construction.

Pariss 37th bridge and fourth footbridge is being built between the existing bridges of Bercy and Tolbiac. When it opens at the end of June 2006 it will connect the Bibliothque Nationale de France on...
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Job statistics up and down.

In October there was a decrease in French unemployment figures for the sixth consecutive month, plus a drop of over one per cent in the 800,000 long-term unemployed, something that happens rarely. Nev...
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More surveillance.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French minister of the interior, has suggested installing a video surveillance system in problematic city suburbs as a way of combating juvenile delinquency. During a visit to Per...
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Plastic bags to go by 2010..

The French parliament has voted unanimously to prohibit the sale of non-biodegradable plastic wrapping as of 2010. Strangely enough, the new legislation may help farmers, as bio-degradable plastic...
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French companies to hire seniors.

The French prime minister has called on trade unions and business entrepreneurs to work hand in hand towards a common objective: ensuring that by 2010 half the countrys pensioners are in work. The id...
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Paris gets a top credit rating.

Standard & Poors, the credit rating agency better known for giving countries and multi-nationals credit ratings for their bond issues, has come out heavily on the side of the city of Paris, giving it...
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Foreign students increase in France.

The number of foreign students attending courses at French universities has increased by 60 per cent since 1998. There are currently 250,000 foreign students studying in France, or 13.7 per cent of a...
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Demand soars at Catholic schools.

For the third consecutive year, French Catholic schools have been forced to turn away more than 20,000 potential pupils because their classrooms are already overcrowded. Nevertheless 3,000 new enrolme...
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Camping becomes trendy.

Camping has never been associated with a chic lifestyle particularly in France where camping has not been a national pastime since the 1930s. However times are changing and so are attitudes to this...
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The sacred and the profane.

Notre-Dame de Paris plays host to some 11 million visitors every year but very few of them enter the church to attend Mass. The chaplain Monsignor Paul Guiberteau has recently felt the need to remind...
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The 104 - Pariss new cultural centre.

104 rue dAubervilliers in the 19th arrondissement of Paris looks set to become the French capitals next cultural centre. The 104 has become the focus of a wide ranging artistic and cultural debate abo...
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Paris-Plage.

1,500 tonnes of sand have been poured onto nearly 4 km of the famous Parisian quayside to create Paris-Plage once again this summer. This year is dedicated to Brazil and for the occasion the quays hav...
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A record Baccalaureat.

2005 was a bumper year for French students. Just over 80 per cent of students passed their final school examinations, the Baccalaurat. The results were published on 12 July confirming that 2005s figu...
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France tightens its frontiers.

The French Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced that France is reinstating border controls as a response to the London bombings. He made the statement at a meeting in Brussels with his f...
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France marks the passing of Claude Simon.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1985 and a household name in France for over 60 years, Claude Simon, the novelist, has passed away at the age of 91. Simon was considered one of the great...
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