Two months after France's Yellow Vests protests began and despite some signs that the unprecedented grassroots movement is abating, the 'Gilets Jaunes' have called for a tenth day of nationwide protest this Saturday. Calls to mobilise for 'Act 10' have flourished on social media, with different groups calling on supporters to gather in Paris and others cities around the country. By Thursday, although no official demand to strike - as is mandatory for any legal protest in France - had yet been filed with the police, thousands of people had shown interest or liked different Yellow Vest Facebook groups calling to march. The government had been hoping that its 'national debate' launched earlier this week would soothe or put an end to the popular discontent. On Tuesday, it launched a three-month nationwide initiative intended to address the protesters long list of grievances. But calls to protest on social media appear to show that many … [Read more...] about Act X: What to expect from the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ in France this Saturday
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Thursday that France has activated its plan for a no-deal Brexit. But what exactly does this plan entail? The no-deal Brexit plan that France is set to trigger later on Thursday includes measures that aim to ensure that there is no interruption of rights and that the rights of our fellow citizens and our businesses are effectively protected, the prime minister said. The French parliament is expected to complete the adoption of a bill Thursday, allowing the government to pass five decrees covering preparations for a no-deal Brexit, which could create chaotic scenes on both sides of the Channel. Here's what the plan entails so far. Britons in France The French prime minister on Thursday made it clear that France intends to protect the rights of British citizens living here as long as that attitude is reciprocated by the UK. "We want to be ready to protect the interests of our citizens," Philippe said. "Our … [Read more...] about What exactly is France’s plan for a no-deal Brexit?
The withdrawal deal that has been almost two years in the making was voted down this week by the largest parliamentary majority in democratic history. Here's some advice from Kalba Meadows who heads the campaign group Remain in France Together (RIFT). If current events were a novel, it would be a compulsive read - no doubt one that would keep us all up well into the small hours reading frantically to find out what happens in the end. I suspect though we’d read it with a soupçon of disbelief … surely that could never happen in real life, we’d say. Yet it is happening, and here we are, living through the most chaotic and uncertain times in generations. The withdrawal deal that has been almost two years in the making - and which would govern the rights of British citizens living in the EU - after Brexit has been voted down by the largest parliamentary majority in democratic history. So where does all this leave Britons in France? … [Read more...] about Brexit: What are Britons living in France supposed to do now?
Updated 6:17 am PST, Friday, January 18, 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to visit a school in Saint-Sozy, southwestern France, ahead of his meeting with about 600 mayors and local officials in Souillac as part of a national "grand debate". (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP) less French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to visit a school in Saint-Sozy, southwestern France, ahead of his meeting with about 600 mayors and local officials in Souillac as part of a national "grand debate". ... more Photo: Ludovic Marin, AP Photo: Ludovic Marin, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to visit a school in Saint-Sozy, southwestern France, ahead of his meeting with about 600 mayors and local officials in Souillac as part of a … [Read more...] about France’s Macron debates with mayors amid protests
As the UK reels from the consequences of this week's massive rejection in Parliament of the British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, France has announced it is pressing ahead with its plan to prepare for the event of a no deal. On Thursday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was activating the draft bill it published in October in the event that Britain leaves the EU without a deal. The French parliament is expected to complete the adoption of this bill later on in the day, allowing the government to take decisions by decree if necessary following a no-deal Brexit. Much of the legislation focuses on how British nationals living in France will be impacted by a no-deal and what the government in Paris will need to do to guarantee their status on this side of the Channel. Here's a closer look at what a no-deal would mean for Brits living in France and what the French government intends to do, via the passing of urgent decrees, to … [Read more...] about No-deal Brexit: What France’s contingency plan means for Brits in France