News Digest: France’s Cold Snap, More Strikes & Join Us at the French Property Exhibition



News Digest: France’s Cold Snap, More Strikes & Join Us at the French Property Exhibition

More strikes are being proposed in protest against Macron’s pension reforms, temperatures plummet across France, and our French Property Exhibition takes place this weekend in London. Here are the French news stories you need to know about this week.

1. France’s pension reforms and strikes

We laid out the details of Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reform bill in last week’s news digest, and last Thursday (January 19th) saw the first of a series of nationwide strikes in protest against the raising of the pension age to 64 and the end of the special pension regimes. Public transport across the country was severely disrupted, with only one in five TGV lines operating and many local and regional trains and trams stopping all services. Large demonstrations also took place in more than 200 towns and cities throughout France, with the Interior Ministry reporting total turnouts of 1.12 million participants (unions, on the other hand, reported turnouts of more than 2 million).

The Assemblée Nationale is set to start debating the bill from February 6, and in the meantime, more strikes have been announced. The next major strike action is planned for Tuesday, January 31st, with unions hoping for a similar turnout to last week’s strike. Expect transport services to be delayed or disrupted throughout France. In addition, the CGT union has announced a 48-hour strike of oil refinery workers on January 26th, followed by a further strike from February 6th-8th.

2. Cold snap sweeps France

It’s been an odd winter, weather-wise, in France. After historically warm temperatures at the beginning of winter, followed by some freezing temperatures in the run-up to Christmas, France saw a warmer (and rainier) than usual start to the New Year. This week, however, the mercury is plummeting, with freezing temperatures, frost, and snowfall predicted across much of the country.

Average morning temperatures across much of north and west France are between 0°C and 2°C, with some of the coldest temperatures reported in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region – a frosty -6C! Don’t worry; the cold snap isn’t set to last too long – forecasts predict that temperatures will begin to climb again as we move into February.

3. Join us at this week’s French Property Exhibition!

It’s here! The French Property Exhibition 2023 is taking place this weekend – on the 28th and 29th of January at Novotel West in Hammersmith, London – and we can’t wait to see you all there!

In association with FrenchEntrée and sponsored by our partners, Blevins Franks, the free event is the place to browse thousands of French properties and find answers to questions on legal, financial, currency exchange, tax and inheritance concerns, as well as building and renovation, removals, visas, and much more.

Not only that, but you’ll be able to attend free seminars by experts, including Leggett Immobilier, Blevins Franks, Ashtons Legal, French Connections HCB, and many more. You can see the full seminar schedule here, and you might also notice my own name on the list… I’ll be covering all the basics that you need to know to start your property buying or moving to France journey, and I can’t wait to share all my top tips with you all!

You can also check out the full list of exhibitors here and, most importantly, sign up for your free tickets here.

I hope to see you all there!

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FrenchEntrée's Digital Editor, Zoë is also a freelance journalist who has written for the Telegraph, HuffPost, and CNN, and a guidebook updater for the Rough Guide to France and Rough Guide to Dordogne & Lot. She lives in the French countryside just outside of Nantes.

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  • Janie Harpur
    2023-01-25 07:02:59
    Janie Harpur
    Love it. I wrote years ago but following a heart Att we’ve decided to sell How do I advertise with you? We have the original coaching inn from les misérables in Montreuil sur mer ( Hugo visited in 1836 and the restaurant is the inn from the book). He was with his mistress ( and “rested” in Room 12 b afterwards ,leaving her to sleep he walked around the town and hence Les Mis. I don’t know if you knowPhilip Valcq the author and historian but I’m sure he’d do an article to go with the pics of the place( which I can send if you give me yr email). Thank you Janie Harpur


    • Zoë Smith
      2023-01-30 18:56:52
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Janie, You can fill in our form here and our property team will get back to you. Best of luck! Zoe