Flabbergasted residents have taken to social media to share their best pictures and video of the surprise snowfallInstagram/@nono_basset_hound_et_steph The weather in France has been very varied in recent weeks, but nobody could have expected snow on April 30th. Many residents of the northern French region of Normandy woke up on Monday to find a considerable layer of snowfall on their rooftops and cars. The mercury dropped to around zero in many parts of the historical region, with the departments of Eure and Seine-Maritime registering the lowest temperatures. In the city of Rouen, the wind chill made it feel like a frosty -5C degrees in the early hours of the morning. It may have only been a couple of centimetres of snow on average, but flabbergasted residents have taken to social media to share their best pictures and video of the surprise snowfall. Colza et orge après 40 mm d’eau et une matinée de neige en Normandie (31 avril). Ça change des fortes … [Read more...] about Snow in France and it’s almost May? Mais oui, in Normandy!
Switzerland is expensive but even in Zurich 7,686 francs is a lot for coffee and cake. However, that is precisely how much money Olesya Shemyakova ended up spending when she visited a kebab shop in Dietikon in the canton of Zurich recently. The error occurred when the 37-year-old went to pay the actual bill of 23.70 francs. Instead of putting in the amount in the payment terminal, however, she typed in her pin code: 7686. That is a hefty tip of 7,662.30 francs. Read also: Swiss man loses shopping bag containing 800,000-franc cryptocurrency stash For that amount of money, she could have bought a very nice Vespa GTS 300 moped as picture below (price 7,195 francs): Or she could have bought two of these very nice, high-end couches from Micasa, the furniture arm of Migros (price 3,299 francs). Shemyakova didn’t realise her mistake until the end of the month when she received her credit card bill, Swiss newspaper Blick reported. The unemployed woman who lives in France … [Read more...] about Woman accidentally gives 7,600-franc tip to Swiss kebab shop
It turns out the rumours are true -- people living in the area of France which includes the lavender fields of Provence, rolling vineyards and the French Riviera are happier than the rest of the country. At least that's according to one survey. The study, conducted by French pollsters Ifop and published in Le Parisien weekend magazine after the idea was suggested by the president of the regional council Renaud Muselier, revealed that 87 percent of people in PACA are "quite" or "very" happy to be living there. That's 22 points above people in the rest of France. And while the sunny weather is no doubt a contributing factor, Muselier was keen to point out that "it's not only that". Photo: AFP "The survey shows that in PACA the population is more satisfied than the rest of the French with the number of shops, proximity to services, access to public transport and healthcare," he told Le Parisien. … [Read more...] about Sun, sea and lavender: People in south of France ‘happier’ than rest of country
Illustration pic. Photo: AFP Parts of north west France were placed on alert on Monday morning due to the risk posed by heavy rains and flooding. On Monday morning 6 departments across France were placed on orange alert for floods by France's national weather agency Meteo France. The departments affected by the warnings are Calvados, Eure, Seine-Maritime, Somme, Pas-de-Calais and Nord. The warnings were expected to remain in place until 6 am Tuesday morning, with the rainfall set to last until the end of Monday. Map: Meteo France The cumulative rainfall expected over the day is 40 mm, locally 60 mm, which could lead to flooding. However the rain will gradually weaken on Monday evening as it shifts to the North Sea. The day is also set to bring strong winds to the Hauts-de-France region, with speeds expected to reach 80 km/h and possibly even 100 km/h. … [Read more...] about Parts of northern France on alert for heavy rain and flooding
rench Minister for the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire (L) and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (R) give a joint press conference after an informal meeting of economic and financial affairs mini Germany and France on Saturday pledged to deliver a joint proposal to reform the eurozone in time for a leaders summit in June, despite their big differences on the future of the bloc. "We strongly believe that we should be able to find a compromise between France and Germany for the next council of June," French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Olaf Scholz. "It is absolutely important that France and Germany agree on questions," said Scholz as he confirmed the joint plan for reforms despite widespread talk that divisions between the EU powerhouses were too great. Le Maire "will visit me in Berlin and this will be a very hard working meeting," the former mayor of Hamburg said after … [Read more...] about France and Germany pledge Eurozone reform plan by June