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French grape har­vests are set to be lower than last year, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture has re­vealed. The min­istry’s statis­tics agency Agreste es­ti­mates that the 2017 grape har­vest will be 16% to 17% lower than last year’s and 16% lower over­all than the av­er­age har­vests of the last five years. Spring’s cold snap will par­tic­u­larly af­fect the south-west vine­yards, es­pe­cially those of Bordeaux, says the min­istry.

Paris rooftops have been added to the UNESCO list of France’s ‘in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage’ and the city is bid­ding for them to be listed as a UNESCO World Her­itage site.

Ex­treme heat­waves reach­ing temperatures of up to 50°C could hit France by 2100, re­searchers say. A study pub­lished in the journal En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search Let­ters, con­cluded that temperatures in cer­tain re­gions of France could rise by any­thing from 6°C to 13°C over the next eight decades.

Chil­dren in thou­sands of nurs­eries and pri­mary schools across France are re­turn­ing to a four-day week this Septem­ber af­ter the gov­ern­ment gave lo­cal au­thor­i­ties the op­tion. As we went to press, about a third of com­munes had cho­sen to re­duce the cur­rent four-and-a-half-day week.

An anti-brexit sup­porter in Glouces­ter­shire has de­clared his home an in­de­pen­dent repub­lic. Dr William Riches, 77, lives in the For­est of Dean where 59% of peo­ple voted to leave the EU. He named his new state the In­de­pen­dent Repub­lic of Mid­dle­watch and named his wife Ju­dith pres­i­dent.

Europe’s tallest sand dune, the Dune du Pi­lat in Ar­ca­chon, has grown by 1.3m in the last year ac­cord­ing to the Ob­ser­va­toire Côte Aquitaine. The nat­u­ral site, which at­tracts mil­lions of vis­i­tors each year, now reaches a height of 110.5m.

A new French gov­ern­ment web­site (also avail­able on a mo­bile de­vice) al­lows you to search for petrol prices in the petrol sta­tions near you to find the cheap­est. To carry out a search, you must se­lect the type of petrol you need and then en­ter your lo­ca­tion – ei­ther the town or the dé­parte­ment. For more de­tails visit prix-car­bu­­bile.

Bri­tish driv­ers could be al­lowed to drive on the left-hand side of the road in Calais as a one-off treat. The wacky idea was mooted by the pres­i­dent of the Hauts-de-france re­gion, Xavier Ber­trand, dur­ing a re­cent speech at the French em­bassy in Lon­don. He said the ini­tia­tive could take place for a day or a week­end to help boost tourism and show that Bri­tons were wel­come in France af­ter Brexit. How­ever, the Calais mairie said it wasn’t clear whether it was a se­ri­ous pro­posal or an off-the-cuff joke.

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