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France’s three big­gest broad­cast­ers (also his­toric com­peti­tors) have joined forces to see off the cul­tural threat posed by Amer­i­can gi­ants such Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime, to pro­vide a French-born film and TV stream­ing ser­vice. France Télévi­sions, the state-owned pub­lic broad­caster, and the pri­vate net­works of TF1 and M6 are com­ing to­gether to launch a sub­scrip­tion ser­vice called Salto which should launch next year. The ser­vice will of­fer live and catch-up pro­grams but the aim will be to even­tu­ally pro­duce ex­clu­sive shows too.

Po­lice in Stras­bourg have been rob­bing dozens of tourists and res­i­dents to prove how vul­ner­a­ble they are to pick-pock­ets. A cam­paign to at­tract tourists back to France which has been on­go­ing for the past few years has proven so suc­cess­ful that the coun­try is strug­gling to cope with record num­bers of vis­i­tors. The charm of­fen­sive was set up af­ter ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris and Nice put tourists off from vis­it­ing, but France was the most vis­ited coun­try in the world in 2018. Vis­i­tors are hav­ing to queue for hours at sites such as the Lou­vre, Mont-st-michel and the Loire Val­ley châteaux, and are be­ing en­cour­aged to book tick­ets well in ad­vance.

France is in­tro­duc­ing a law to pun­ish ‘up­skirt­ing’, whereby some­one tries to take a photo or film un­der an­other per­son’s skirt or dress. Up un­til now, the of­fense was in a le­gal grey area but of­fend­ers could now be fined up to €30,000 and re­ceive a prison sen­tence of up to two years.

The French Con­sti­tu­tional Court has ruled that a farmer who helped hun­dreds of mi­grants en­ter France il­le­gally had acted on the “prin­ci­ple of fra­ter­nity”, un­der­pin­ning the very essence of France’s Lib­erté, Egal­ité, Fra­ter­nité motto. Olive farmer Cé­dric Her­rou had been fined and given a four-month sus­pended sen­tence but this re­cent rul­ing ques­tions these penal­ties and blurs the lines for fu­ture of­fend­ers.

A French gov­ern­ment think-tank has issued a plan to get rid of 1c and 2c euro coins in a bid to re­duce fraud and phase into a cash­less econ­omy.

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