Electronic Cigarettes : French against their use at work

SURVEY : They are also very skeptical about the effects of electronic cigarettes on their tobacco addiction … Six in ten French, support the ban on electronic cigarettes at work, which is one of the measures to fight against smoking included in the draft health law currently being discussed in the National Assembly. According to a survey by Odoxa …

Air Traffic Controllers call new Strike

The air traffic controllers have announced the dates of their second strike over France later this week, from Thursday to Saturday, just as families in the school zones A and C get ready to head on holiday. Last week’s 48-hour strike by the Syndicat National des Contrôleurs de Trafic Aérien saw approximately 1,300 French airline …

Jihad: 1450 French leaving to fight in Syria

The European Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová estimated 1,450 French are among some 5,000 to 6,000 European volunteers leaving Europe for Syria to join jihadists fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, in an interview published today, Monday by Le Figaro “In Europe, we believe departures for Syria to be about 5,000 or 6,000 people, including …

The FN proposes to “jump without a parachute from the plane,” said Laurent Fabius

POLICY The foreign minister said he had a conversation with Marine Le Pen who confirmed that “the economic arguments do not hold water” .. Today, the Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius is attacking the economic proposals of the Front Nationale saying that Marine Le Pen’s party proposes to “jump without a parachute from the plane,” in …

Homosexuals and blood donation: The survey will be modified, announces Marisol Touraine

POLICY The Minister of Health is awaiting the recommendations of experts on a new definition of risk behaviours before changing the questionnaire given to blood donors … The Health Minister Marisol Touraine said earlier today, Sunday that a questionnaire given to blood donors would soon be changed to allow homosexuals to donate blood while ensuring …

Baccalauréat : Programmable Calculators to be banned in 2018

The department of Education has made a decision that for the 2018 baccauréat, programmable calculators are to be banned from the exams.  Students will have a choice to use either college calculators or special calculators which will incorporate an ‘exam’ button which will not allow access to the built in memory and stored equations. Concern has …

Vacation Vouchers: Four million French took the opportunity in 2014

Launched in 1982, under Francois Mitterrand, the holiday voucher, known as cheque vacancies, is more popular than ever. According to the ANCV ( Agence Nationale pour les Chèques-Vacances),  4 million French families benefited from last years payment as the figures was released earlier today, Thursday. The amount in monetary terms that the vouchers represented was …

Air Traffic Strikes Again

Tomorrow, the French air traffic controllers with the SNCTA union are starting a 48 hour strike, which will be part of an overall nine full days of strike action between now and the 2nd May. “Disruption is expected over the whole country,” said the DGAC civil aviation authority which has asked airlines to reduce the number …

French Driving getting Worse

According to the latest studies of how the French behave behind the wheel, the standard of French driving is getting worse. The study by TNS-Sofres for the insurer Axa, found that the amount of drivers who claim to obey the highway code to the letter has dropped from 51% to 48% in the past year. …