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French Life - Page 13
France retained its place as the most popular tourist destination in the world in 2006, with 78 million visitors, an increase of nearly 2 million over 2005.
A French farmer living in the Dordogne has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the murder of two government work inspectors.
Ageing French ‘rock’ legend Johnny Halliday has relocated to Switzerland to reduce his liability to French taxes, and has applied for Belgian nationality with the same objective in mind.
Large areas of France are heading for drought conditions this year, as a result of lower than average rainfall since last September.
The French National Statistical Office has postponed publication of jobless figures until after the presidential elections. The decision has provoked a major row between politicians of left and right, with reports that the figures due to be reported were higher than the government's own figures.
20 Feb 2007
Wines from the Gascony area of Gers in South West France are the healthiest in the world, according to a study published in the scientific journal ‘Nature’. The beneficial effects of moderate drinking of wine (especially red wine) have been known for many years, but what intrigued the researchers, was to determine whether different wines varied in their impact.