Some news from France , CCCLXXXVI

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are into Spring, and sunny days, However, is that time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12+ years , And for those non Roman CCCLXXXVI is 386 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We have done quite a bit of house work and waiting for less rain to continue, Spring is in the air ! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Paris is the European city with the largest number of fountains available for consumption, all of which are now listed on the Google Maps application. The census of the 1200 drinking water fountains in Paris must also allow the public of the 2024 Olympic Games to drink in the capital safely, An initiative that should be appreciated by Parisians and tourists, as Paris was recently named by a study by the scientific journal The Lancet as the European city where the risk of dying from heat is highest.It does gets hot in summer and crowded public transport is dangerous to your health ! Webpage :

Île-de-France Mobilités, the authority that organizes transport in Île-de-France region, adopted yesterday Thursday, April 20, 2023 during its board of directors, the closure of its administrative account. The debt has increased from 5 billion euros to more than 8.7 billion euros in 2022. Oh yeah debt is climbing but we closed roads to create more trafic jams and asking people to subsidized use public transports not good !! Just saying,,webpage :

Since last Sunday the April 2 2023 vote in Paris, the fate of the 15,000 self-service electric scooters ( trottinette ) in the capital has been sealed. A majority of voters (89%) said they were against keeping them. And after ? Without this profitable activity, the three operators Lime, Dott and Tier and their 800 employees find themselves today in the unknown. All of them, however, are betting on the strong growth of their bicycle business. They hope that their 20,000 electrically assisted bicycles (VAE), currently deployed in the streets of Paris, will allow them to bounce back and limit job cuts.Oh yeah folks voted them down and so sad no more profits lol !! This is a backward ideas of going nowhere, just saying,,,Webpage France24 :

Cardboard origin-destination tickets are living their last months. An experiment will be launched in July 2023 to extend the Liberté + à la carte plan everywhere in Île-de-France, on Android smartphones initially. iPhones will still have to wait. The digitized Navigo pass has been available on Android smartphones since October 2022. The Liberté + à la carte formula enters the test phase from July, Webpage :

The Rugby World Cup, held in France from September 8 to October 28, 2023, the city of Domont ,Val d’Oise 95 in the Île de France region north of Paris will host teams from Australia, South Africa and surely Ireland will rehearse their ranges at the Stade Omnisports des Fauvettes, Rue de Paris before their matches at the Stade from France, in September. Practices may be open to the public ! Webpage :

Zara ready-to-wear, will be in this brand new flagship 2,700 m2 with state-of-the-art technologies, judiciously located at the top of the avenue. one of its most innovative and iconic flagships. At number 74, Ave Champs-Élysées (8éme) right in the heart of the artery, the brand of the Spanish group Inditex settles in a completely renovated building, spacious and equipped with the most advanced technologies. webpage:,1398877.html

And one we first encounter by Roubaix near Lille north of France, and then Troyes, and now it seems a bit closer again, The McArthurGlen Paris-Giverny, a new brand village at the gateway to the Paris region, will open its doors to the public next Thursday, April 27 2023. An outlet dedicated to luxury and high-end ready-to-wear that will have around a hundred shops and restaurants in an area of 20,000 m2. McArthurGlen is also counting on the organization of exhibitions of works of art in the aisles of this open-air shopping center which will also host a House of Crafts to highlight the know-how of Norman craftsmen. Webpage :

Four works by Gauguin, Renoir and Cézanne, returned in February to the heirs of Ambroise Vollard, will be sold at Sotheby’s New York in May 2023, Entitled Mandoline and peonies from China, this early work by Paul Gauguin has not passed unnoticed in the abundant exhibition “Les Choses” at the Louvre, which closed this past January. If this painting dated 1885 caught the eye, Because belonged to the famous art dealer Ambroise Vollard is an “MNR” (for National Museums recovery), the acronym designating the works found in Germany after WWII, then brought back to France. Hanging on the walls of the Musée d’Orsay since its opening in December 1986, this work was returned in February to the heirs of the Parisian dealer. At the same time as two drawings by Gauguin and Cézanne, as well as a seascape by Renoir, all from the same provenance Vollard is a legend of modern art, of which he promoted all the leaders. In 1900, the talent scout takes Gauguin under contract. The following year, he exhibited Picasso, then unknown, before defending Cézanne, without stopping. In his mansion on rue de Martignac, in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris, he has accumulated some 6,000 works, a colossal but poorly inventoried collection. The Sotherby’s on Vollard :

After four years of work, the equestrian stadium of the Grand Parquet hosts until Sunday, April 23 2023 as every year since 1950, the French Championships in show jumping and major international events, including the highest level in dressage. The Grand Parquet, dressed in its festive clothes, looks great to host the 2nd edition of the Printemps des sports équestres. It is necessary to welcome the greatest riders, finally back in this mythical site of the equestrian world, renovated and nestled on 30 hectares in the forest of Fontainebleau. Webpage :

The Bercy Village ,and the Cour Saint-Émilion once again hosts an enticing activity. To celebrate the arrival of spring, Bercy Village is organizing an escape game in the universe of Alice in Wonderland. It’s your turn to find the right path, strewn with pitfalls. Surrounded by life-size sets, the adventure promises to be extraordinary, immersive and entertaining. Perfect for a family afternoon! Bercy Village ,28, rue François-Truffaut 12éme From April 22 to 29, 2023, Webpage :

The Cinéma Paradiso Louvre festival signed MK2 returns this summer for its fourth edition. From July 6 to 9, 2023 enjoy the deckchairs and the big screen in the emblematic square courtyard of the Louvre for 4 free evenings dedicated to the seventh art. Every day, a varied and intergenerational program will intersect outdoor screenings, bistronomy, music and a sense of celebration. Throughout the summer, you can take to the skies at the rooftop screenings of the Hotel Paradiso ,and head to the Seine Musicale Boulogne-Billancourtfrom July 21 to 23 2023 for three evenings of exceptional screenings and concerts.Cinema webpage :

Le musée de la Vie romantique or The Museum of Romantic Life honors the French artist Françoise Pétrovitch on the occasion of her new exhibition Aimer Rompre. We discover more than 40 works, witnesses of a modern and sensitive vision of romanticism through contemporary art. The museum invites this time a contemporary visual artist to invest all of its spaces with some forty powerful and unpublished works. Françoise Pétrovitch presents her paintings, sculptures and drawings specially created for the museum in Françoise Pétrovitch.Aimer Rompre or To love or breakup. An exhibition that explores romanticism in contemporary art, but also love and the couple, and which rhymes with poetry and sensitivity. Francoise Petrovitch. Aimer ,rompre Museum of Romantic Life 16, rue Chaptal 9éme Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 18h, Exhibit on until September 10, 2023, Webpage :

The French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has announced that speeding less than 5 km/h will no longer be penalized by a withdrawal of points from January 1, 2024. Motorists in violation will, however, continue to pay a fine. In 2020, of the 12.5 million tickets issued for speeding detected by speed cameras, more than half (58%) were for speeding less than 5 km/h over the posted speed! The second step, now, is to obtain the non-financial sanction, because there is still the fine to pay. This fine is 68€ or 45€ if paid within 15 days and reduced (except in urban areas), and increased to 180€ if paid after 45 days. This article came from Le Parisien newspaper but what they failed to mentioned is that this is thanks to the efforts of folks like tire of this non sense and fought to make them change the law, 40 millions automobilistes is the lobby group to improve car rules in France ! Webpage :

He is at the head of a 460 ha estate and 75 employees, including around twenty gardeners and as many surveillance agents. After having spent his entire career at the Louvre, where he was notably director of the Liévin conservation center (Pas-de-Calais 62 ) and director of human resources in Paris, Brice Mathieu has been since September 2022 the administrator of the national domain of Saint -Cloud and Gardens. He unveils his projects to dust off the image of the site and revitalize its heritage and cultural attractiveness. Review the place of the car, create events, renovate the Grande Cascade and other emblematic structures, revitalize this large park, which notably hosts the Rock en Seine festival, and restore its heritage and cultural appeal. It has a good battle but worth the efforts, Webpage :

Archaeological excavations, carried out as part of a study prior to the construction of a new RER exit at Port-Royal station (14éme), have brought to light these remains of a Lutèce necropolis dating, according to estimates , from the 2C !. As stated by Gwenaëlle Desforges, archaeologist for Inrap (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research), reveals the skeleton of an individual who probably lived in the 2C. The specialist finishes excavating a tomb in the great necropolis of Lutèce. Three meters above this marked pit, Parisian life follows its course: we are on Avenue de l’Observatoire, on the border of the 5éme and 14éme arrondissements. this great necropolis in the south of Lutèce, which spread over 4 hectares, has been known since the development of Paris by Baron Haussmann in the 19C. Many burials had been found at the time, but this is the first time it has been seen since. The piece of ancient cemetery that Inrap has been digging since March 6 2023 measures only 200 square meters, but no less than fifty tombs have been unearthed there. Also, a lead sarcophagus dating from the 14C and pieces of the old rood screen of Notre-Dame Cathedral destroyed in the 17C, After the sectors of the sarcophagus and that of the rood screen, there remains a third to be excavated with masonry which could be part of an old state of the Gothic cathedral, or even of a more earlier building, the Romanesque cathedral on which we have very few elements. The treasures discovered by archaeologists from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) are exceptional. The sarcophagus first. If it is not surprising to find one from this period in a church and that we know that Notre-Dame overlooks at least 400 graves, it is unique in its kind since it is the only one discovered in Paris. . For the pieces of rood screen, it is rather the shallow depth and the quality of their preservation that are of concern. Ah underneath Paris has another City indeed !!

A veritable institution in the Nord (north of France), the chip shop (French fries) is the unmissable popular and gourmet break. In a cone or in a tray, samurai or Algerian sauce From the Baie de Somme to Lens, passing through Lille and as far as the Côte d’Opale, the vapors of hot oil always float somewhere in the air above the cities, beaches and countryside. And for good reason: never far away, always golden brown, the famous deep-fried potato sticks are an integral part of the local culinary heritage. These small eateries mounted on wheels appeared for the first time in Belgium in the middle of the 19C. At the time, these fry shops had the function of serving fast food to workers directly at the exit of the factories. During the 20C, these mobile, caravan-like mini-restaurants grew in popularity. They are modernizing, motorizing and invading the north of France for years.Some fo the better known and I tasted the first one are : Friterie Meunier, Au Petit Festin, and Sensas, Webpage :

This just in figure interesting to post now, According to a survey carried out by the travel comparator for Le Parisien and RTL. In total, 62% of French people intend to go on vacation this summer. In detail, 6 out of 10 will prefer France while the others will go abroad. Favorites mention abroad are Montreal and Bangkok with a preferenca for Asia, The average budget this year,estimated at 1,124 euros per person, On the transport side, 74% of French people questioned will prefer their cars to go to their holiday destination this year. It is then the airplane that is acclaimed, followed by the train.

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do take care ,enjoy we are now in Spring, great, even if a bit rainy, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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