News in brief
French government telecoms watchdog, Arcep, has launched an interactive map allowing you to check mobile network coverage, including data, in your area. Check it out at monreseaumobile.fr
Asda have launched the ‘croll’ a cross between a French croissant and a bread roll, made to be easy to slice and fill. They’ll be sold at £1 per packet of two.
A French owner has put a château located on his property in Creuse on the market via the online platform Leboncoin.fr. Château de Chaumont-sur-loire has been left abandoned for years and is in an advanced state of disrepair, so the owner has asked buyers to get in touch with him directly to discuss the price, says local paper La Montagne. The property was used to shelter Jewish children during World War II and the current owner hopes the buyer will restore the property with care.
Chalet owners in Biot in Haute-savoie have launched a petition complaining about the noise made by cow bells as the animals graze in surrounding pastures and asking the maire to stop the nuisance. The maire, outraged by the request, has refused to take the bells away though he might ask the farmer to use smaller bells on the cows in his herd.
Paris has been awarded the 2024 Olympic Games, with Los Angeles being named host for the 2028 Olympics. The French capital will be celebrating 100 years since it last hosted the games in 1924.
Talk about ringing the changes! Telecom company Orange will be dismantling France’s remaining 5,450 phone boxes this year so there will be none left in operation by 2018. In the 1990s, there were more than 300,000 telephone boxes across the country.
A subsidiary of La Poste, France’s leading postal service, is to start delivering parcels on Sundays. As of 19 November, Chronopost will deliver packages on Sunday mornings to 14 French cities to start with, before extending the service to other cities in 2018.