Did you know that, up until January 2013, there was a law banning women from wearing trousers in Paris (without obtaining permission from the authorities)? Luckily, this 200-year-old law has now been revoked… making it less likely that 50% of the population will get arrested next time they visit the capital!
From July 1st 2011, the price of stamps in France is increasing, both for national and international mail
A coded manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in Nantes by a journalist searching through the collection, donated in 1872, by Pierre-Antoine Labouchere.
France continues to suffer from the strikes and protests against the governments plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and the full state pension age from 65 to 67. This is causing hardship for ordinary people who live and work in France, frustration for the government, bitterness and anger amongst young people and union members, and reticence on the part of foreign investors and tourists.
Most petrol stations now have restricted opening hours and are limiting the amount of fuel purchased to between 15 and 30 euros. And now the lorry drivers have joined the demonstrators. Today, there are national strikes across France. Most schools and public offices will remain closed as employees protest.