With the countdown to Christmas well under way and the pressures of the holiday season already mounting, it’s time to plan that getaway -Christmas Markets and festivities across the channel.
Visitors to France are being warned to expect severe disruption today, as eight of the largest unions in the country call workers out on strike. In a lingering dispute over pensions – which will see the minimum retirement age raise from 60 to 62 – rail and aviation workers are expected to join the protests.
France has become the first European nation to ban the wearing of face covering veils following a decision by the Senate. But with the travel sector still recovering from the recession, operators are already questioning the impact trade. Here Breaking Travel News junior editor Chris O’Toole takes a look.
A forest fire in the South of France that forced the evacuation of thousands of holidaymakers is reported to be “under control”. The blaze, which police have blamed on arsonists, started on Saturday close to oil refineries near Marseille, has destroyed large areas of woodland.
Eleven people have been killed by flash floods in a popular tourist region in south-east France. Several others were reported missing after torrential rain hit the mountains above the Cote D’Azur region on Tuesday.
Ernest Hemingway did it. So did Julia Child and patriots like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Humorist David Sedaris is doing it now, as are Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, along with their six children.