LONG lizards scurry up moss-covered craggy rocks and walls, while the deafening courtship calls of cicadas reverberate across the peaks of the Cévennes mountains. This region, a 90-minute drive from Montpellier and Nîmes, lies to the north of the French Mediterranean lowland and although busy with tourists in the summer is under-visited the rest of the year. The delightfully unspoilt landscape of small medieval villages clinging to the steep slopes became known to the young writer Robert Louis Stevenson when he made his celebrated trip with a donkey through the area in autumn 1878. He kept detailed notes of his solo ramble which inspired his classic work Travels With A Donkey In The Cévennes. His donkey, called Modestine, carried food, tools, a lamp and candle, a gun and a bottle of Beaujolais. He wrote that it had ‘"a kindly eye, a determined under-jaw and a sober daintiness of gait". One hundred and forty years on, the area through which Stevenson travelled for … [Read more...] about Travel: Walking through the Cévennes, in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson
Updated 5:34 pm CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Photo: Stéphane Decoux, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this image from video, flash floods send a torrent of water down a street in Aubagne, France on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters evacuated about 1,600 people, most of them campers, in three regions of southern France where heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, the interior minister said Thursday. (Stéphane Decoux via AP) less In this image from video, flash floods send a torrent of water down a street in Aubagne, France on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters evacuated about 1,600 people, most of them ... more Photo: Stéphane Decoux, AP France: 1,600 evacuated as flash floods threaten camp sites … [Read more...] about France: 1,600 evacuated as flash floods threaten camp sites
There were almost 250,000 burglaries in France in 2017, 2 percent up on the previous year although not quite as high as in 2013. There was also roughly the same number of failed break-ins, taking the total of attempted and completed burglaries to 470,000. That’s according to France Interior Ministry’s yearly crime index study, which The Local has had access to. The report also highlights that an unfortunate 30,000 properties were burgled more than once over the course of 2017. But not all departments across l’Héxagone are affected equally. First we look at those areas that have the highest burglary rates, which we calculated by comparing the total number of burglaries to the number of homes in the department. Where did most burglaries happen in France? And there was a rather surprising name at the top of the table. Haute-Garonne, in southwest France, was the department that experienced the highest number of burglaries per number of households in 2017: … [Read more...] about Where in France are you most (and least) likely to be burgled?
Can you guess how many Irish there are officially in France? What about Indians or Canadians? And what about where in France they all live? Are all Americans living within touching distance of the Eiffel Tower and all Brits packed into Dordogne like sardines? Not quite. Stats given to The Local by France's statistics gods at INSEE reveal some interesting insights into the country's Anglophone population, which we narrowed down to Americans, British, Indians, Irish, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans. So apologies to those we left out. Now INSEE's stats are the latest available, so from 2014, and they are the official figures for those foreigners that French authorities believe are living here. The reality of course could be a little different. Nevertheless they throw some light on where everyone likes to live. Here goes... 1. Total number In all, according to INSEE there are 230,491 native English speakers in France and it won't surprise anyone who … [Read more...] about 18 things you didn’t know about where all the English speakers live in France