The government argues that tighter controls are needed to check the rise of anti-immigration populists, who are on the march across Europe from Berlin to Budapest after suffering a setback in last year's French elections. "I fear that if we do not resolve the problem facing us... others will do it without any humanity," Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said earlier this month. turned down as "economic" migrants. The right-wing opposition say the bill is too soft but left-wing parties and NGOs have branded it repressive. "We cannot take on the misery of the world," Macron, who campaigned as a champion of open borders but has adopted a tough line on migration since taking office, said in an interview with BFMTV on Sunday. READ ALSO: Protest outside the French parliament against the new immigration bill. Photo: AFP Macron pointed to the "ticking bomb" of population growth in Africa, … [Read more...] about France’s new immigration law sows seeds of rebellion in Macron’s party
On July 1st the speed limit on secondary roads across France will be cut from 90km/h to 80km/h in the hope of reducing the number of deaths on these roads. A new report which aims to add weight to the move, which has angered motorist groups, has revealed where in France these two-lane secondary roads (those without a central reservation) have the highest mortality rates. The report, released on Tuesday by France's observatory of road safety ONISR, looked at road deaths between 2012 and 2016 on the country's two-lane roads outside of urban areas, in other words in the countryside. Out of 9,579 deaths on the roads 762 were on routes nationales, so the main roads after motorways, 8,221 were on route departementales, so secondary roads, and 596 were on smaller countryside roads. To put road deaths on French countryside roads and highways in France in a more European context some 2,175 people were killed in 2015 on roads outside urban areas in France … [Read more...] about Where in France are the countryside roads the most dangerous?
“Need for Speed Payback” features three characters who each specialize in their own form of racing. (Electronic Arts) “Need for Speed Payback’s” missions take place in and around Fortune Valley, which appears inspired by Las Vega. (Electronic Arts) “Need for Speed Payback” has a “Fast and the Furious” vibe as a small band of racers take on a criminal gang. (Electronic Arts) “Need for Speed Payback” features a 24-hour day-night cycle and an open-world. (Electronic Arts) The Nurburgring has been a staple in the “Gran Turismo” series for years. It is still included in “Gran Turismo Sport.” (Sony Interactive Entertainment) “Gran Turismo Sport” features a lot of supercars and other high-end vehicles. (Sony Interactive Entertainment) “Gran Turismo Sport” has again raised the photorealism of its visuals. (Sony Interactive Entertainment) … [Read more...] about Roundup: ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ and ‘Gear.Club Unlimited’ vie for racing-game dollars
Canada is believed to be home to some 150,000 French nationals with several thousand moving across the Atlantic each year. Although only some 90,000 are officially registered with the registered with the French consulate. But it's not been all one-way traffic in the direction of Montreal and Toronto. There are a few thousand Canadians who have made the move in the opposite direction. Officially there are 12,568 Canadian citizens living in France. That's according to the most recent figures given to The Local by France’s Statistics Agency, Insee, although as with every nationality there are probably a few more hiding away after having enjoying a good night in the one of the country's Canadian bars like The Moose or the Great Canadian in Paris. Now, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean all those Canadians in France should be described as Anglophones or English speakers, as they may be in other countries like Australia. Indeed, many will no doubt be … [Read more...] about Where in France do all the Canadians live?
Can you guess how many Irish there are officially in France? What about Indians or Canadians? And what about where in France they all live? Are all Americans living within touching distance of the Eiffel Tower and all Brits packed into Dordogne like sardines? Not quite. Stats given to The Local by France's statistics gods at INSEE reveal some interesting insights into the country's Anglophone population, which we narrowed down to Americans, British, Indians, Irish, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans. So apologies to those we left out. Now INSEE's stats are the latest available, so from 2014, and they are the official figures for those foreigners that French authorities believe are living here. The reality of course could be a little different. Nevertheless they throw some light on where everyone likes to live. Here goes... 1. Total number In all, according to INSEE there are 230,491 native English speakers in France and it won't surprise anyone who … [Read more...] about 18 things you didn’t know about where all the English speakers live in France