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Martin Banks has been a journalist for over 40 years, working in Brussels since 2001 where he has covered EU politics, initially for European Voice and more recently for The Parliament Magazine plus a raft of other titles. He also writes about other topics including culture and travel. Prior to coming to Belgium he had worked in regional (including a 6 year stint as Chief Reporter for the 2nd biggest selling regional in the UK) and national journalism in the UK since 1980.

15 March 2023

5 reasons to visit Strasbourg in 2023

As in other European countries, France is seeking to improve the environment and the quality of life of its residents in larger cities. These include Strasbourg, the […]
8 March 2023

Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral on track to reopen in 2024

Reconstruction of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is on track to reopen by the end of 2024, French officials said on Monday March 6th. This […]
8 March 2023

French general strike brings country to complete standstill this week

Unions across France have been in an ongoing battle against plans to increase the legal retirement age from 62 to 64. Previous trikes this year included […]
6 March 2023

France recorded 58 billion euros in 2022 thanks to international tourists

Foreign tourists brought in a record of 58 billion euros to France in 2022, according to figures released by the French Tourism Development Agency, Atout France. […]
2 March 2023

5 gardens in the Dordogne you can’t miss

France has got a lot to offer and no, we’re not just talking about the wine and cheese. Tourists tend to focus on Paris or maybe […]
1 March 2023

Paris’ Opera House that inspired ‘Phantom of the Opera’ becomes an Airbnb, but there is a catch

For many culture freaks, there’s nothing like spending a night out at the opera. You start by getting in the mood by drinking a little aperitif […]
22 February 2023

Paris’ Gare du Nord to get a makeover and triple in size by 2024

The Paris’ Gare du Nord will triple in size by 2024, just in time for the 2024 Olympics, held in Paris. The architect Denis Valode will […]
20 February 2023

Are French cheeses among the best in the world?

A recent ranking of the world’s best cheeses has sparked controversy among the French foodie community. TasteAtlas, a website dedicated to local dishes from around the […]
20 February 2023

Montpellier to introduce free public transport this year

From the 21st of December 2023, the city of Montpellier will offer free public transport for all inhabitants of the city. Since 2020, free transport already […]
20 February 2023

24 hours in Lyon

It is not surprising that Lyon, in addition to being known as the gastronomic capital of France, was also named European Capital of Smart Tourism in […]
13 February 2023

Best wines from Alsace showcased at Paris’ Vinexpo

Are you a wine lover, especially wines from Alsace in France? If so, a popular international annual wine event may go down a treat. WineParis gives […]
8 February 2023

Paris to open France’s biggest hip hop and street art museum

Paris is no stranger to the street art culture and the French capital is about to open the country’s biggest museum dedicated to hip hop and […]
7 February 2023

This is the world’s most visited cinema in 2022

The UGC movie theater Cité Les Halles in Paris is the world’s leading cinema in terms of admissions with more than 2.22 million spectators in 2022, […]
25 January 2023

Air France joins WhatsApp for more direct relationship with customers

Eager to adapt to the digital habits and uses of its customers, Air France is offering a new communication channel with customers on WhatsApp. This free […]
23 January 2023

Paris is the world’s ‘most powerful’ tourism city, new report shows

Paris is the world’s most powerful city destination, according to recent data from World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The report, sponsored by Visa and researched […]
18 January 2023

France set to be most visited country in the world by 2025

France is set to cement itself as the most visited country in the world, according to GlobalData, which estimates that the country will attract 93.7 million […]