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 …

Mini Golf open for the Holidays

MINI-GOLF OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DURING THE HOLIDAYS The Mini golf situated at the Choisel Park in Chateaubriant, which consists of 18 holes is open for the next couple of weeks for the school  holidays. The park at Choisel is a beautiful peaceful park to have a family day out, with or without a picnic, …

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 …

Boot Sale in Chateaubriant

This Sunday in Chateaubriant (44), there is going to be a Boot Sale, or vide grenier as they are called here in France, throughout the centre of town. It starts at 9am until 7pm, and is being organised by the organisation, Association Coeur de Ville, and if the weather remains good, it is expected that …

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. …

Hollande wants to Boost Investment

President Hollande  speaking yesterday to the defense industry, says that it has has “a future in France.”  The president announced a series of measures for investment for companies, including an “exceptional tax mechanism” of investment support. The head of state was visiting the Forges de Trie-Château (Oise) site that has escaped bankruptcy in 2008, after …