It’s France’s most famous industry and wine-producers are fierce in protecting the traditions of their product.
But that doesn’t mean that nothing ever changes within French vineyards, and the last couple of decades has seen something of a quiet revolution as more and more growers turn their back on chemicals and go organic.
We have been talking to some producers about the reasons for their choice and the effect that it has had on the French wine market.
- Why more and more French wine-growers are going organic
- Bio, natural or biodynamic – French organic wines explained
There’s been a few changes to the Covid-related travel rules this week.
The second concerns travel from France to the USA, which will be allowed again for non-US citizens from Monday, November 8th, provided they are vaccinated.
And thirdly, there has been yet another change to the system for people vaccinated outside the EU to gain the QR code necessary to use the French health pass.
This has been an ongoing problem, with many visitors from the USA, Canada and other non-EU countries reporting long delays in being able to swap their vaccination certificates for French codes, but now the government has introduced a different system which will hopefully make the process go more smoothly.
Those vaccinated in the EU, Schengen zone or UK have their own system.
- Will France impose extra travel restrictions on UK arrivals?
- EXPLAINED: How non-EU visitors can access the French health pass
If you’ve been following French politics you will undoubtedly have seen coverage of the Franco-British ‘fish wars’ – here’s a quick breakdown of what the dispute is about.
This row is being spun in very different ways on each side of the Channel, so we asked our columnist John Lichfield to take a look at the French political context, and the dilemma that Emmanuel Macron faces as he decides whether to trigger tough new checks on imports from the UK.
A good way to learn more about France, and to improve your French and pick up some colloquialisms, is to watch French TV and films.
We’ve put together a pick of the best French films and TV series to watch or stream this week, from thrillers to romances to the return of France’s favourite baking show.
And if you want to improve your French, here is our pick of the best series that will teach you some really good colloquial French.