Some news from France, CCCXXII

And here is my tidbits news of my belle France, and last of the year 2020. It has not been a good year but we go in the life cycle with ups and downs with nothing left but to continue in life, the best we can. With this I will say to all my readers, Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Féliz Año Nuevo, Feliz Ano Novo!

The curfew due to the virus remains in effect this Thursday from 20h to 6h. To prevent crowds, around forty metro stations will be closed and several lines interrupted in the evening.

Last Tuesday, December 29, at the end of a Defense Council, the government rejected the idea of confinement, but establish a curfew from 18h  from January 2 , 2021 in the territories where the Covid-19 circulates the most.  The cities of Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) and Reims (Marne) would be particularly affected by the measure. The curfew would begin there at 18h

The 20 departments that will be affected from January 2nd 2021 will be, region and then department with number:

Grand Est :
08 Ardennes
10 Aube
51 Marne
52 Haute-Marne
54 Meurthe-et-Moselle
55 Meuse
57 Moselle
68 Haut-Rhin
88 Vosges 

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté :
25 Doubs
39 Jura
58 Nièvre
70 Haute-Saône
71 Saône-et-Loire
89 Yonne
90 Territoire de Belfort 

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes :
03 Allier
07 Ardèche 

Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur :
05 Hautes-Alpes
06 Alpes-Maritimes.

Luckily we have been spare of the more strict rules. Bretagne.

Snow forecast for Paris by the end of the year. Also planned for Bretagne with some frost and snow in the upper region !! temps of –4C (about 25F) expected in the morning and 1 (about 34F) in the afternoon!! Yikes!! and the electricity cost will go up 2% or about 30 euros in average per home!! And due to the virus as well we are staying home; plenty of TV programs lol!!

The demographic decline, which began a few years ago, is being confirmed. According to the latest figures from INSEE, Paris now has 2,175,601 inhabitants, or 54,000 fewer then five years ago. I have mentioned in my previous posts the problems of Paris due to a lack of quality of life for laws that prevent free movement.  The 9éme arrondissement or district  is one of the three Parisian arrondissements to see its population increase slightly over five years. The department 93 of Seine-Saint-Denis, the engine of demographic growth in the region of Île-de-France, now has more inhabitants than dept 92 Hauts-de-Seine, in the Yvelines dept 78 , the population continues to grow, at a regular pace, according to the latest figures from INSEE.

A sad news in Poissy, the Monoprix in the city center will lower the curtain. Present since 1962, the brand will definitively close its doors on December 31.

Ikea ends 70 years of its iconic catalog. The Swedish furniture brand first published its showcase on paper in 1951. This catalog, translated into 32 languages, has established itself as an icon of modern design. Its online version is also being discontinued. Another goner!

The Île de la Cité flower market has lost a little of its splendor over time. An architectural competition has been launched by the City of Paris to give a second life to this Parisian institution. The flower market on Île de la Cité will be completely restored between 2023 and 2025. It’s about time and this time a good initiative.

For New Year’s Eve, the city of Paris presents Thursday evening “Welcome to the other side”, a concert that the musician will give in a Notre-Dame Cathedral reconstituted in virtual reality. A show broadcast live on social networks in particular. to follow Thursday live on BFMTV, France Inter, YouTube and Facebook from  23h25  to 24h15 ( 11:25pm to 12:15 am). Yes will be awesome, seen the clips on tv, a must to watch on any medium!

The lightning rod specialist Franklin, based in Ozoir-la-Ferrière (Seine et Marne 77), equipped the replica of the La Fayette frigate in Rochefort (Charente-Maritime dept 17). Used to prestigious shipyards, this is the first time that Franklin France has worked on a historic ship. very special lightning protection was installed on the Hermione, a replica of the ship that La Fayette borrowed in 1780 to reach America;later helped in the American independence thanks to king Louis XVI.

And a question and answer on one of my hobbies. Why doesn’t my wine smell the same as my neighbor’s even though it comes from the same bottle? The answers lie in culture, emotional state, genetics, label, color of the glass ,etc… There are at least three good reasons for this. The emotional state is very important. Culture and experience are another important factor. They shape your olfactory library. A Japanese, a Mexican and a French will not have the same reading of strawberries, pineapples or Durian fruit. Finally, your perception depends on your genetic makeup. It is estimated that between two people, a third of their 400 scent receptors will function with different sensitivities. There you go not easy to describe a wine or even to feel its own taste once frontiers have crossed. Maybe one exception is French wine who has crossed the globe and still No 1…

Which are the 4 French cities most exploited in cinema? Without much surprise, Paris arrives at the top of the top. And if you want to take a tour of the places with cult names, you can count on the Pont des Arts where Big declared his love for Carrie in Sex and the City or even Montmartre, which is now difficult to separate from the Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. Or fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain.

While one of La Casa de Papel’s new robbers has been dubbed “Marseille”, the link between Marseille and fiction is very relevant. Thus, the popular city of the South, a land of success like Taxi, comes very naturally in second position. Of course, the Vieux Port or old port remains a flagship spot in the city, where the filming of the rom-com classic Love Actually had occasionally put down its suitcases.

The Côte d’Azur entered the rankings through Nice. In addition to attracting American productions such as Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, the sun-drenched city has also been the setting for the not to be missed comedy Brice de Nice. Among the emblematic places, one must of course stop on the beaches of the coast. A setting in which Marion Cotillard blends in in De Rouille et d´Os or rust and bone.

And Cannes, the cradle of the biggest film festival does not detonate in this top linked to the 7th art. The charm of the Cote d´Azur is definitely pleasing and presents itself as the perfect set for popular romances like L’Arnacœur. The other genres are not left out, since we can cite shoots such as that of the comedy The City of Fear or the action with The Transporter.

On a sad news, Pierre Cardin died Tuesday, December 29 at the American hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. The designer, renovator of post-war French haute couture, made a series of futuristic inventions, launched the first line of men’s clothing, and put his name on numerous products. He died Tuesday, December 29 at the age of 98.

He will build an empire: 500 factories in 110 countries, 800 licenses and some 200,000 employees around the world. An empire, on which the sun never sets and of which he had remained the owner while most of the luxury brands were bought by financial groups. My first contact with French fashion many moons ago and still followed, even been on his events in Paris and participated for many years on his boat Maxim’s for gastronomy and wine tastings by the Tour Eiffel Seine river! RIP

And there you go for this last Some news from France post of 2020. Oh yes there are always those that do it early like New Zealand and those that do it later like the USA! We will be saying bonne année in France in all of January lol!! Enjoy your day and be safe

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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