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French sugar giant accused of ‘complicity in acts of terrorism’ for alleged Syria sorbitol supply

Date created : 20/03/2019 - 16:28 Business partners of French sugar giant Tereos have filed a complaint against the firm for allegedly supplying an artificial sweetener to Syria, where it is being used to make weapons, the plaintiffs' lawyer said ...

France to deploy troops to maintain security during Yellow Vest protests

Date created : 20/03/2019 - 16:38 French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during yellow vest protests planned this weekend. ADVERTISING Read more Macron said the military will secure ...

French Senate asks prosecutors to probe Macron aides over Benalla affair

Date created : 21/03/2019 - 15:41 In a new twist to the Benalla affair, the French Senate asked judicial authorities to probe three senior aides to Emmanuel Macron over the scandal on Thursday, including the president’s "right-hand man" Alexis Kohler ...

French cardinal convicted of abuse cover-up tenders resignation to pope

Date created : 18/03/2019 - 08:52Latest update : 19/03/2019 - 07:29 Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France's highest-ranking Catholic official, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to tender his resignation after he received a six-month suspended jail sentence for ...

French police response to ‘Yellow Vest’ violence in spotlight after latest unrest

Date created : 18/03/2019 - 17:06 The government’s failure to keep Paris protests over the weekend from spiralling out of control has put a harsh spotlight on its law enforcement strategy, which makes avoiding injuries a priority even after hours ...

‘Yellow Vest’ protests: French govt replaces Paris police chief after weekend violence

Date created : 18/03/2019 - 18:29Latest update : 19/03/2019 - 07:42 The French government sacked the top police official in Paris on Monday following another weekend of rioting in the capital during “yellow vest” protests which have put President Emmanuel ...

Paris tops list of world’s most expensive cities

Date created : 19/03/2019 - 08:50Latest update : 19/03/2019 - 08:54 Paris and Hong Kong for the first time joined Singapore as the world's most expensive cities to live in, a study revealed on Tuesday, with the French capital jumping ...

French govt admits security ‘flaws’ in Yellow Vest riots

The French government admitted Sunday its security measures had been "insufficient" to stem an arson and looting rampage by black-clad anarchists during a "yellow vest" protest along the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris. ADVERTISING Read more Police appeared overwhelmed Saturday as ...
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Holiday misery for the scam victims who believed they’d booked a villa through Owners Direct

Just a reminder what happened to users of "Owners Direct" because of their policy of hiding contact details on their website ! taken from the Guardian 23 Auguat 2014 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/23/holiday-book-online-owners-direct-homeaway-scam Families pay for accommodation only to discover, at the last minute, it’s non-existent. That means finding somewhere else to stay and meeting the cost Three weeks ago Natasha McDonald, her husband and three children were standing outside the villa in Puerto Banús, near Marbella in southern Spain that they had booked for 10 days at a cost of £1,600. But there was no sign of the owner, or the keys. The villa company website was down and, in despair, the family trudged off with their bags to a hotel for the night. Only the next day did the McDonalds, from south London, discover they had fallen victim to a cruel scam in which crooks hijack the emails of villa owners ...

Key debate on Brexit and expats

Key debate on Brexit and expats October 19, 2016 THE EFFECT of Brexit on British citizens living in France will be discussed at the National Assembly tomorrow (Thursday) andConnexion readers are invited to express their concerns in advance. The meeting, to be chaired by assembly president (speaker) Claude Bartolone and attended by the head of la sécurite sociale, is being organised at 10.00 to noon by the assembly’s ‘Working group for information on the effects of the British referendum and follow-up of the negotiations’. Among those attending will be the chairman of the British Community Committee of France, Christopher Chantrey, who toldConnexion that he will pass on concerns aired in our newspaper. He also invited readers who want to say what they are worried about to send comments to be forwarded to him so as to help inform his contribution to the debate – email us on news@connexionfrance.com as soon ...

Shopping in France: A guide to supermarkets and DIY stores

We all love shopping in France, from popping to la boulangerie for your daily baguette to browsing a DIY store seeking goodies for your new French property. This page provides a rundown of the names of French shops that you are likely to come across when out shopping in France, from specialist suppliers to big name supermarkets and DIY/homewares stores. Specialist shops commonly found in France: Antiques shop – un magasin d’antiquités (an antiques dealer is called un antiquaire) Bakery – la boulangerie Bookshop – la librairie Butchers – la boucherie Cake/pastry shop – la pâtisserie Cheese shop – la fromagerie Chocolate maker – le chocolatier Chemist – la pharmacie Clothes shop – un magasin de vêtements Cobblers, shoe repairer – la cordonnerie Department store – un grand magasin Estate agents – l’agence immobilière Fishmongers – la poissonnerie Grocery store – une épicerie Hardware/ironmonger – la quincaillerie Jewellers – la bijouterie Launderette – une laverie automatique Market ...

How the French stopped Aldi and Lidl

How a simple formula stopped the likes of Aldi and Lidl in their tracks and made supermarket shopping cheaper for everyone Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrison are all losing shoppers to discounters Aldi and Lidl, as Brits back the budget retailers in growing numbers, but across the channel it's a different story. France is the only country in Europe where big supermarkets have successfully fought back and discounters have seen a significant drop in market share. Their simple formula: fewer complex promotions and big price cuts across the board. French retailers managed to turn the tide after a law change in 2008, which allowed them to freely negotiate prices with suppliers, prompting cooperative Leclerc to go on the offensive, followed in late 2011 by France's biggest supermarket Carrefour. The French grocers expanded their budget product lines, cut a proliferation of promotions, simplified own brand ranges and worked with suppliers to ...

Angouleme – The Comic Strip Capital

In January 1974 the international comic strip festival started, and now the artistry can be seen throughout the City. Whilst in September the International Circuit des Remparts is a must for fans of vintage cars. The heritage of Angouleme, is second to none with Renaissance and Romanesque architecture and museums of fine art, archaeology and paper. The heritage of Angouleme, is second to none with Renaissance and Romanesque architecture and museums of fine art, archaeology and paper. Located on a plateau overlooking a meander of the Charente River, the city is nicknamed the "balcony of the southwest". The city proper's population is a little less than 50,000 but it is the centre of an urban area of 110,000 people extending more than fifteen kilometres (9.3 miles) from east to west.[2] Formerly the capital of Angoumois in the Ancien Régime, Angoulême was a fortified town for a long time and was ...

Cognac & The Distilleries

Cognac is renowned for its architecture, fine dining and of course; its wonderful distilleries. There are many who offer guided tours so the choice is yours. The town's medieval quarter "Vieux Cognac" runs from the Tours Saint-Jacques, alongside the river, up to the Saint-Léger church. The area contains many unusual buildings, built between the 15th and 18th centuries, situated on narrow cobbled streets Nestled on the banks of the picturesque river Charente, Cognac is a bustling town which today lives and breathes the world-famous brandy that carries its name. When the drink was first produced in the 17th century, Cognac was already a thriving river port, trading in salt from the French Atlantic Coast and in wine from the local vineyards. It also had royal connections - François I was born in 1494 at Château des Valois, now home to the Maison Otard cognac. Many other prestigious cognac brands are based ...
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We always check all our advertisers, that they are real and are advertising a genuine holiday destination

Taken from facebook Post, I quote "Sunday Times article suggest guest should pay through AirBnB to void scams, avoid paying by bank transfer, communicate only through their website. When will the press stop promoting multinational property websites? The article does point out that the AirBnB website does have fraudulent listings and its impossible to contact them about the scams and the public have to resort to contacting them through Facebook and Twitter in order to get them to remove the fake adverts. Same problem with HomeAway / OwnersDirect! Maybe if lots of members contact Alessia Horwich @lessybella and Jessica Brown