President Macron responds to the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, France records some of its highest ever temperatures for September, and why you shouldn’t miss this week’s FrenchEntrée webinar. Here are the French news stories you need to know about this week.
1. Macron Honours The Queen
French President Emmanuel Macron was among the many world leaders to pay his respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-ruling monarch, who passed away last Thursday, 8 September 2022. In a video message published to the French President’s official Twitter page, he said:
“To you, she was your Queen.
To us, she was The Queen.
She will be with all of us forever.”
Listen to his full message below and read our tribute to The Queen over on France Today:
To you, she was your Queen.
To us, she was The Queen.
She will be with all of us forever. pic.twitter.com/PaL1DRmlHK
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 9, 2022
2. Autumn Heatwave and Wildfires
It’s been a summer of scorching temperatures and some of France’s worst wildfires to date, but with storms and heavy rainfall hitting much of the country in recent weeks, it seemed that autumn was finally upon us. However, it seems that the balmy temperatures of summer might not be over just yet.
Temperatures of up to 39°C were reported yesterday in parts of southwest France, breaking records for September, with the mini heatwave set to last until the middle of the week. The highs have also coincided with a second wave of wildfires hitting the Gironde département of France, with a reported 540 residents being forced to evacuate from the town of Saumos, and a further 1,300 hectares of forest destroyed. Firefighters are said to have the blazes under control, but efforts to put out the fires are ongoing.
3. Hunting Season Starts in France
La Chasse, France’s official hunting season, begins in many French departments this week and whatever your views on the controversial pastime, if you live or own a second home in rural France, it’s likely to affect you. You can find out the official dates of La Chasse in your local area here, but to learn more about hunting in France, check out our two-part series that covers all the rules, regulations, and public policies regarding La Chasse.
4. Last Chance to Sign Up for the FrenchEntrée Webinar
If you’re looking to buy a property in France, you won’t want to miss this one! The next FrenchEntrée webinar Buying a House in France: Mortgages, Finances & FAQs, will take place this Thursday, 15th September 10:00am UK Time (GMT+1).
I’ll be joined by a panel of experts from Moneycorp, Leggets, International Private Finance, and Ashtons Legal who will be answering your FAQs about buying in France, currency exchange, French mortgages and finance options, or French law, inheritance, and tax.
Don’t worry if you can’t make the event – the recorded webinar will be available to watch for free over on our FrenchEntrée YouTube page (hit the subscribe button to make sure you don’t miss out!).
Lead photo credit : The British Embassy in Paris hangs a Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to mark the passing of The Queen.
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