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The French gov­ern­ment has made a deal ask­ing four ma­jor tele­coms com­pa­nies to spend more than €3bn to im­prove 4G cov­er­age across the coun­try. It is hoped there will be no more 4G cov­er­age gaps by 2020.

A group of Bri­tish ex­pats char­tered a plane to fly curry from Hamp­shire to south­west France. Akah restau­rant, in South­sea, charged £32 a head to de­liver a ‘Curry by air’ to 50 hun­gry Brits liv­ing near Bordeaux. Macron is back­ing a bid by French bak­ers to have baguettes added to UN­ESCO’S list of ‘in­tan­gi­ble her­itage’.

The birth rate in France is fall­ing, al­though it is still the most fer­tile coun­try in Europe, new fig­ures from INSEE re­veal. A to­tal of 767,000 ba­bies were born in France last year – 2.1% fewer than in 2016 – but French moth­ers still have on av­er­age 1.88 chil­dren, the high­est rate in Europe.

France and the UK have signed a treaty to speed up the pro­cess­ing of mi­grants in Calais. The Sand­hurst Treaty aims to re­duce the time taken to process mi­grants from six months to a month for adults and 25 days for chil­dren. The UK has agreed to pay £44.5m to re­in­force the Chan­nel bor­der’s se­cu­rity.

Re­ports from the UN World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion re­veal that France re­mains the most vis­ited coun­try in the world while Spain looks set to re­place the US as the se­cond most pop­u­lar tourism des­ti­na­tion.

Nor­mandy is to get its very own lo­cal cur­rency, which will be avail­able through a smart­phone app. The cur­rency should be re­leased at the end of March, al­though a name for it has yet to be de­cided.

Cel­e­brated chef Paul Bo­cuse has died at the age of 91. His fu­neral was held in his na­tive city of Lyon on 26 Jan­uary.

A Catholic church in Paris has in­tro­duced con­tact­less card col­lec­tion bas­kets. The St-françois de Moli­tor church in Paris’ 16th ar­rondisse­ment has trans­formed wicker bas­kets into con­tact­less pay­ment ter­mi­nals, al­low­ing peo­ple to do­nate €2, €3, €5 or €10.

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