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Post-Brexit trade: ‘If you don’t speak French, you’re stuffed’

Post-Brexit trade: ‘If you don’t speak French, you’re stuffed’

Business
PA MediaMore than a month after the UK's post-Brexit trade deal with the EU came into force, complaints from British importers and exporters continue to mount.Rules of origin for products that are imported into the UK, then exported to the EU are causing difficulty for some firms.Others are caught up in the complexity of VAT issues, while the time and trouble taken to get merchandise through customs remains a hassle.Small wonder, then, that according to a survey by the Road Haulage Association, Brexit-related problems caused the volume of exports passing through British ports to the EU to fall very sharply last month compared with a year ago.A government spokesperson admitted that some businesses are "facing challenges with specific aspects of our new trading relationship" and promised to ...
French archaeologists find ancient grave of child, pet dog

French archaeologists find ancient grave of child, pet dog

World
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- French archaeologists said Thursday they discovered the grave of a small child with what appears to be a pet dog dating to the Roman rule of the region about 2,000 years ago. The researchers said they found the burial site during a dig at the Clermont-Ferrand Airport in central France. They believe the child was about a year old and buried with animal offerings along with the remains of the pet dog inside a coffin. Advertisement The coffin was found in a 6-by-3-foot grave. It was surrounded by 20 objects, including terra cotta vases, glass pots, half a pig, three hams and other pork cuts along with two headless chickens. "The graves of young Gallo-Roman children are often located outside the community funeral home and sometimes even buried near the family home," a stateme...
French authorities arrest 5, issue 1,200 fines after illegal rave

French authorities arrest 5, issue 1,200 fines after illegal rave

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Jan. 2 (UPI) -- French authorities arrested five people and issued about 1,200 fines after discovering an illegal New Year's rave in the French countryside. More than 2,500 people defied the government's coronavirus restrictions and national curfew to attend the event in Brittany. Advertisement The rave started Thursday but ended Saturday, and authorities have seized trucks, sound systems and generators and police are investigating thoroughly "so that this illegal event is harshly sanctioned," according to French interior minister Gerald Darmanin. About two-thirds of the fines issued were related to COVID-19 restrictions and 400 to drug offenses, police said. Local police tried to shut the party down Thursday, but faced "violent hostility" from partygoers, who had planned to stay until Tu...
French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

Health
The presidential palace says French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19ByThe Associated PressDecember 17, 2020, 9:52 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace announced on Thursday.It said the president took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared.” The brief statement did not say what symptoms Macron experienced.It said he would isolate himself for seven days. “He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance,” it added.It was not immediately clear what contact tracing efforts were in progress. Macron attended a European Union summit at the end of last week, and he met Wednesday with the prime minister of Port...
Former French president Giscard d’Estaing dies age 94 after catching COVID

Former French president Giscard d’Estaing dies age 94 after catching COVID

World
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing has died aged 94 after contracting coronavirus, his office has said.He led the country from 1974 to 1981 and became a champion of European integration. Mr Giscard d'Estaing died at home in the Loir-et-Cher region and had recently been in hospital in the town of Tours.A foundation he set up said he had suffered complications linked to his COVID infection.He was admitted to hospital in September with respiratory problems and was hospitalised again in mid-November. Advertisement ...