Some news from France, XCXXXIIII

Just starting the month of June.  Back from a wonderful trip to Spain, now back on my home turf of France.

The situation over the last terrorist act in France last November, the latest Survey in France tell us that 77% of the French won’t be concerned with it and will come to Paris. The city has started a tourism campaign to bring visitors back. Tourism means 500 000 jobs, 75 000 businesses, and 21 B Euros in revenue to Paris. Last few months we have a -15% decline in visitors with -22% less hôtels occupancy. The themes to bring this crowd back are Paris wild life or La vie Sauvage, with views over the parc Buttes Chaumont. Tea time or l’Heure du thé with a nice Paris terrace and Fast Food with a delicious cake, and Skyline with views on the perspective of the Palace of Versailles. From the provinces or inland France, 71% see Paris as a unique city, 62% as a rich cultural center, 36% calls for its diversity, less on gastronomy of 14% and night life comes in at 7%. More for coming to Paris according to Le Parisien newspaper.

At La Defense you will have célébrations with a Brazilian motif from July 7-14 and from 11h30 to 20h30 on Thursdays a late night to 22H. You will dance with samba and batucadas percussions all at the parvis de la Defense.

For the little ones, you have activities at the Palais de Tokyo, all from October 21th, more here in English :

The Centre Pompidou for kids from July, more here in English:

In the house of kids or maison des Petits in French you have plenty of activities for who else our kids. Initiation from babies on the world of the Arts.

In La Villette the Cité des enfants has plenty of activities for kids ages 2-12. more here in English:

The museum of the grass or musée en herbe ,in French ,activities from 3 yrs old to 103 ::) more info in French here:

You want tour or company visiting muséums with kids,the org Mom’Art will help you. In French , more here:  ; more info that they can answer in English at email

A line up of visits and arts to do with kids from Paris d’Enfants or Paris for kids and teenagers; here in French:

You have many kiosks of information or center of animation in Paris where you can go and ask for activities to do here , plenty. Some of the more central ones are here:

Center d’animation Les Halles-le Marais,  6-8 place Carrée, Forum des Halles. Mondays to Fridays from 10h to 22h and Saturdays from 14h to 19h
Center d’animation , Simon Lefranc at 9, rue Simon Lefranc 75004  ,open Mondays to Fridays 10h to 19h and Saturdays from 10h to 17h
Center d’animation Arras, 48 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, tariffs 1,40€ to 2€ 75005.  Open Mondays to Thursdays from 8h45 to 22h , Fridays 8h45 to 21h and Saturdays 13h45 to 17h45
Center d’animation Espace Beaujon 208, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Center d’animation de Bercy.51 rue François Truffaut ,75012 Open  Mondays 12h to 22h30, Tuesdays 11h to 21h30, Wednesdays 9h15 to 21h15, Thursdays 9h45 to 22h30, Fridays 9h45 to 20h , and Saturdays from 8h45 to 13h and 13h45 to 15h45. Amongst many.
Many technological advances to ease the passing thru the airports of Paris. On CDG Terminal F there are machines to help you check in your luggage automatically, the carpet will be extended to pass quicker thru x ray machines ,all the controls for European departures will be concentrated in two wings of Terminal F, and already testing by AF and Paris airport an automatic boarding system. Article from Les Echos business journal.
More from Les Echos business journal, there is a find while doing the Rome metro that has slow down even further the construction of this needed line C . Yes this is Italy in France news ::) The line C was to carry 30 stations in 25 kms that will connect the southeast to the northeast of the eternal city. Already the project going on since 2006! Te station Amba Aradam-Ipponio was found at 9 meters the vestiges of barracks from the 2C! it is an area of about 1750 square meters consisting of 39 pièces with decorated frescoes and mosaics around 100 meters long corridor. Rome with 71 cars per 100 people and about 700K motos has more vehicles on average than any other European city. If we are to stack up the traffic, it amounts to about 20% of the entire city area. But the  Romans keep coming back to the city by car.
Misc, if you are coming to France and worry about your electrical appliances comp phone etc plugs and connections these site can help a lot;
If you need to find WIFI in Paris , see this :
If you need to find a post office in France , check this out:
If you are looking for a sea level place on the beach and need to know the waves and height , read this in French , just type the city in the blank link in the center;
And remember, coming up in France, the Euro16 European football/soccer championship starting June 10th France vs Romania.
And the 24 hrs of Le Mans auto race with the return of FORD to France, June 18-19 ;
And from July 2nd to the 24th , the one and only Tour de France;
Stay tune, is FRANCE.

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