What’s coming? The week ahead in France

Celebration of Toussaint

November 1 marks Toussaint (Toussaint) in France, which is a public holiday.

Many people bridge the weekend between All Saints’ Day by taking today (October 31) as a public holiday so some businesses or services may be closed or reduced.

Read more: Bridging the gap: how to get a four-day weekend in France

All Saints Day is followed by All Saints Day, an occasion when people traditionally visit the graves of deceased loved ones.

However, the fact that November 1 is a public holiday means that many people will also go on Tuesdays to lay flowers and reflect.

Read also: Why chrysanthemums are the French “flower of the dead”

Lower temperatures expected this week

Lower temperatures, accompanied by rain and strong winds, are expected to arrive in France this week after a month of October marked by record heat.

Read more: This month of October will be the hottest on record in France

Four departments in northwestern France – Finistère, Morbihan, Côtes-d’Armor and Manche – will be under orange alert for strong winds this evening between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., with gusts of 110-130 km / h expected on the coast and 90-110km/h inland.

Read more: Areas of Brittany and Normandy under alert this evening for strong winds

Tuesday, November 1, the wind should spread over northern France, with gusts of 60 km / h expected in Reims and Metz and 70 km / h in Lille and Amiens.

The wind will also linger over Brittany, reaching 80 km / h in Brest before calm Wednesday.

The windy conditions will be accompanied by a slight drop in temperatures, although it will still feel warmer than usual for the season.

Read more: Areas of Brittany and Normandy under alert this evening for strong winds

Launch of a lower-cost Netflix subscription in France

Netflix announced in October that it would launch a new, lower-cost subscription that includes ads between programs.

This plan will be available from November 3 and will cost €5.99 per month.

Customers subscribing to this subscription should note that they will only be able to access 85% of Netflix’s current catalog of movies and series. The remaining 15% does not come with the right to advertise.

However, Netflix’s most famous series – including The crown, Money Heist, Bridgerton, squid game and stranger things – will be accessible.

The commercial will take four to five minutes per hour of viewing and should be split into 30 seconds before the start of a half-hour series episode, plus 60 seconds during the episode.

Children’s programs will not include advertisements.

Tobacco Free Month begins

Smokers in France are invited in November to take part in Tobacco Free Month to help them try to quit.

Participants can register on the website and find tools and advice they can use to overcome their addiction.

This is the seventh year of Tobacco Free Month. The government specifies that after 30 days without a cigarette, cravings are considerably reduced and the chances of quitting permanently are five times higher than they were at the beginning of the month.

Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair

On November 1, the International and Gastronomic Fair of Dijon will begin at the Parc des Expositions in the city.

Until November 13, visitors will be able to move through several themed sections, including furniture and beauty stalls, a mini-farm, food demonstrations and more.

For this 101st edition of the Fair, the theme is “wine”, with grapes from all over France and the world in the spotlight.

There will also be several different culinary competitions, including baking, young chef, baking and even ham competitions.

You can find out more about the Fair here.

Winter tire rules enforced

From November 1 to March 31, people driving in mountainous areas where winter tire/snow chain requirements are in place risk a €135 fine if they don’t follow the rules.

Read more: Reminder: Winter tire rules applied in the French mountains from November

This is because of the Loi Montagne, which applies to 48 French departments. These departments can choose to implement the rules throughout their territory, only in certain municipalities or not at all.

In the participating departments, cars, vans, buses and trucks are all concerned, with the exception of cars equipped with studded tires.

Vehicles such as cars, motorhomes and vans can either use four winter tires or, alternatively, carry cloth socks or metal snow chains in their trunk.

Winter tire laws came into force last year, but drivers have been given a grace period, which means the penalties will only come into effect this winter.

Some 34 departments have decided to apply the rules to all or part of their territory this year. You can find out more about the specific municipalities affected here.

The Route du Rhum begins

Sunday November 6 marks the start of the Route du Rhum, a solo transatlantic sailing race where competitors sail between Saint Malo (Brittany) and Point-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.

The first competition took place in 1978 and the current crossing record is seven days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds, set on November 11, 2018.

The first yachts began arriving on October 25 and thousands of people visited the city to see the boats preparing to cross the Atlantic.

The winter truce begins

The French winter truce, which prohibits landlords from evicting tenants during the winter months, will begin on November 1. It will end on March 31, 2023.

It also means that power producers cannot cut off a customer’s electricity or gas if they do not pay their bills, although they can reduce the electrical voltage.

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