Electronics workshop and jazzy swing at Café L'Ecole, Loubéjac: 5 & 6 February

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It is the first weekend of the month and the Café L'Ecole at the salle des fêtes in Loubejac is once again opening its doors.

On Friday 5 February you can head over for a laid back music jam from 18h, where a little aperitif and some light meals can be enjoyed.

Then on Saturday afternoon, from 14h to 18h, you can bring along all those little kitchen items and small electronics to learn how to repair them instead of throwing them away, reserve your place by calling 06 87 17 09 02.

And the evening will be brought to a jazzy, swinging crescendo with Bluemary Swing playing some of the classics at the Café L'Ecole and its free entry with the doors opening at 18h and the music starting at 21h.

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Vendredi 5 à partir de 18h et jusqu'à tard dans la nuit on vient taper le boeuf, avec ou sans instrument, grâce aux Jam Sessions de L'école.

Samedi 6 de 14h à 18h: Atelier Répar'acteur
Il y aura tout ce qu'il faut sur place, des outils, des vis, du chatterton et des conseils avisés ! pour essayer de réparer vos petits électroménagers, ordis et autres petites mécaniques en tous genres. Réparer plutôt que de jeter c'est le but de cet atelier - renseignements : 06 87 17 09 02.

A 21h CONCERT JAZZ SWING
C'est Mary avec son groupe BLUEMARY SWING, elle qui a joué du saxophone et de la clarinette avec Higelin. Ce qu'elle aime c'est l'intimité avec le public, ça tombe bien - ça va jazzer à Loubéjac. Entrée libre.

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Un + une brings Indian romance to Villefranche-du-Périgord: 5 February

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A famous French film score composer goes to India to write the music for an Indian film version of Romeo and Juliet.

Whilst there he meets the wife of the French ambassador to India, and a complicated relationship ensues.

Featuring scenes from the streets of India the film was directed by Claude Lelouch and stars Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert.

The showing, in French, takes place on 5 February and starts at 20:30 at the foyer rural, Place de la Halle, Villefranche-du-Périgord. Tickets are priced €6 with reduced rates of €4.50.

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Antoine Abeilard est compositeur de musiques de films. Tout réussit à cet homme plein d'humour et de légèreté. Sa vie va cependant être chamboulée lorsqu'il part en Inde travailler sur une version très originale de Roméo et Juliette de William Shakespeare.

Il y fait la rencontre d'Anna Hamon, épouse de l'ambassadeur Français. Bien que très différent, une attirance réciproque va, de confidences en confidences, très vite les rapprocher. Tarifs: plein, €6; tarif réduit, €4,50

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Poultry farming in south west France placed under tight restrictions

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The French agricultural authorities intend to create an 'air lock' in an attempt to rid the poultry industry in the south west of France of H5N1 bid flu.

In an official notice, the authorities have said that the introduction of geese and ducks into the poultry trade would be restricted until there were no new birds in the supply chain.

Once the current stock of foie gras and other products is completed, farms and industrial buildings will be thoroughly cleaned in an attempt to rid the region of bird flu.

The French authorities have said that farmers do not need to cull birds already in the process of being raised, but that their plan will hopefully see the return of health birds, in clean environments, by May and enable the industry to recover in time for Christmas 2016.

Since late last year the number of cases of bird flu have increased having an impact on more than 60 farms across the south west, and it has seen many countries ban the importation of poultry products from France.

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Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue at Villefranche-du-Périgord: 8 January

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Head to the Alps with Sébastien, and his dog Belle, as they try to find Angelina feared lost in the mountains after a plane crash.

Suitable for older children, the film features dramatic mountain backdrops and beautifully filmed images not only of Belle but also many animals of the forest.

The showing, in French, takes place on 8 January and starts at 20:30 at the foyer rural, Place de la Halle, Villefranche-du-Périgord. Tickets are priced €6 with reduced rates of €4.50.

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D'après l'oeuvre de Cécile Aubry : Septembre 1945. Au village, on a fêté la fin de la guerre. Sébastien a grandi, il a maintenant 10 ans. Belle et lui attendent impatiemment le retour d’Angelina... Mais Angelina ne revient pas. Elle a disparu dans un accident d’avion au cœur des forêts transalpines. Tout le village a perdu espoir.

Tout le village sauf César : le grand père de Sébastien connaît un homme, Pierre, qui pourrait les aider à retrouver Angelina. Mais avant de sauver la jeune femme, l’enfant et son chien vont devoir braver mille dangers, traverser mille épreuves et affronter un secret. Un secret qui va changer la vie de Belle et de Sébastien à tout jamais. L’aventure continue...
Tarifs: plein, €6; tarif réduit, €4,50

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Tragic French police dog Diesel to receive supreme honour for gallantry

Diesel-pdsaHeroic French police dog, Diesel, who was tragically killed as he led a raid on a Paris terror cell last month, is to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal – recognised worldwide as the animals’ Victoria Cross.

The medal was instituted by the UK charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), in 1943 and it is the highest animal honour in the world and Diesel’s will be the 66th PDSA Dickin Medal to be awarded.

Diesel, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, served with the French National Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence special anti-terrorism force (RAID).

On the morning of Wednesday 18 November, five days after the Paris attacks which killed 130 people, the French national police forces, including RAID, were involved in a security operation in the suburb of St-Denis.

Major RULP Jean-Marc Lenglet from the French National Police, said: "Diesel’s handler has been deeply affected by the death of his dog, as have many thousands of well-wishers who sent messages of condolence for Diesel who died in the service of his country."

The formal presentation of Diesel’s PDSA Dickin Medal will be made in 2016. PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: "Following the tragic terrorist events in Paris last month, where many innocent people lost their lives, Diesel was instrumental in helping the French police locate and deal with the perpetrators.

"When news emerged of Diesel’s death there was a huge outpouring of grief . As guardians of the world’s most prestigious animal awards programme, we were inundated by messages from members of the public to recognise his heroism.

"The PDSA Dickin Medal recognises conspicuous devotion to duty in the theatre of conflict and Diesel is a truly deserving recipient. His gallant actions helped to protect human life in the face of imminent danger and we are very proud to honour him in this way."

Since the introduction of the medal by PDSA founder Maria Dickin CBE in 1943 it has been awarded to 30 dogs (including Diesel), 32 World War Two messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat.

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French mosques to hold open days

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Mosques in France are to hold open days on the weekend of the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris.

The Muslim representative group Le Conseil Français du Culte Musulman (CFCM) has asked mosques across France to invite non-Muslims to visit on 9 and 10 January, 2016 to let people ask questions and find out more about the religion.

The move comes as tensions remain high in Corsica after a mob attacked a prayer room on Friday in the regional capital, Ajaccio, following an attack on firefighters and a police officer.

A directory of mosques is available on the CFCM website.

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Merry Christmas from this corner of France

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I WANT to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and hope you have a happy and healthy New Year. So I'll say Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!!! Many thanks for continuing to drop in on This French Life. Regards, Craig

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More cases of bird flu in the poultry trade in south west France

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The French ministry of agriculture has said it now suspects there has been a total of 30 cases of bird flu H5N1 in the south west of France.

In an update on the ministry website the authorities say 15 new instances of bird flu have been discovered since the beginning of the week.

These new cases total nine in les Landes, three in the Dordogne, two in the Gers and one in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

Some poultry and egg producers in the region have experienced a fall in demand, while some countries notably Japan and South Korea have banned poultry products from France.

However, it is being stressed that it is safe to eat cooked poultry and eggs, as the virus dies with cooking over 70°C, but with the festive period upon us many producers could be facing difficult times.

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Direct from Colombia: 2.4 tonnes of cocaine seized in the English Channel

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A joint operation involving UK and French law enforcement has resulted in the seizure of around 2.4 tonnes of cocaine from a freighter a few miles off the UK’s south coast.

Acting on intelligence from the National Crime Agency and the French Customs investigation service DNRED, the Moldovan flagged MV Carib Palm was intercepted in the Eastern Channel on Thursday 10 December.

It had sailed from Colombia and was on its way to Gdansk in Poland.

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Christmas flower arranging workshop in Loubejac: 19 December

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Create a Christmas themed table decoration in an afternoon during a hands-on workshop in Loubejac, in the south of the Dordogne.

Hosted by award wining flower arranger Terry Barnard, attendees will learn how to make an arrangement based around a candlestick.

Last year the Christmas flower arranging workshop featured a table arrangement constructed on a bundle of twigs.

The event takes place at the salle des fêtes in Loubejac on Saturday 19 December, starting at 14:30.

There is a fee of ‎€9 per person, for more information and a list of items to bring on the day contact Terry Barnard at: terry.barnard@aliceadsl.fr

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