G7 ministers agree plan on digital tax but more work ahead | AFP

Ministers from G7 top economies on Thursday reached consensus on steps towards an accord on taxing digital giants, an issue that has divided the United States and its allies Britain and France. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who hosted the two-day meeting in Chantilly outside Paris, hailed the consensus as ‘a major step forward’. SOUNDBITE

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Hunt for ‘Black Diamonds’ on Tour de France route

The ‘Tour de France’ isn’t the only game in town, as cyclists power through the French countryside. Others in the region are busy hunting for truffles. (July 18)

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Benin prepares for return of treasures taken by French colonisers | AFP

Benin is preparing for the restitution of 26 cultural heritage items, taken by French colonisers in 1892. It’s a major moment for Beninese citizens who work in the cultural and heritage sectors, who want to ensure that they are well prepared to receive the artefacts.

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French island aims to run exclusively on renewable energy | AFP

The French island of Saint-Nicolas des Glénan, off the coast of Brittany, already has a wind turbine, two solar power plants and photovoltaic panels, but now the island is hoping to become the first French island to run exclusively on renewable energy. The Glénan archipelago welcomes around 3,000 visitors per day and houses the largest sailing academy in Europe.

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Macron and Vucic look at globe in Serbian Presidential Palace | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed at the Serbian Presidential palace by his counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. The two Presidents spent some time looking at a globe in the meeting room. IMAGES

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Macron and Vucic review troops on Serbia visit | AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. IMAGES

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France’s Macron arrives in Serbia | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Belgrade, greeted by his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. IMAGES

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Owning a French castle: not what it seems

The Tour de France loves castles. Not a day passes without the TV cameras zooming in on one of the country’s magnificent châteaux along the race route. But one chateaux buyer found that owning a castle isn’t so easy. (July 15)

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