Garage Bug Sells at 1 Centime

A funny story that I read today in the newspaper L’Independant about a garage that was selling petrol for just 1 Centime a litre. A bug in the system at the pumps of the Dyneff automatic site on the Carcassonne-Narbonne road at Capendu, Aude, meant drivers were able to get their fill and save more …

companies to make appliances that last longer

A new French government decree came into effect this week, which will force manufacturers to inform customers how long they expect mobile phone, television, or any other appliance to last. This is a plan that is aimed at fighting planned obsolence, when manufactures design a product with a limited lifespan, so that consumers have to …

More Rail Strikes announced

The French trade union, the CGT announced yesterday that French train passengers are set to suffer the effects of a new strike, which is set to kick off at 7pm on Monday 9th of March and run to 8am on Wednesday the 11th. Workers will protest against the same reform package that prompted 12 days …

France to cut 22,000 Jobs in Hospitals

The Health minister, Marisol Touraine has unveiled France’s plan to save billions on health spending. Marisol Touraine has announced that 22,000 jobs will not be filled once staff in those positions either retire or quit over the next 2 years.  At the same time, many of the posts that are currently filled by temporary or …

The Sebastopol ready for Sea Trials

The Sebastopol, the second helicopter carrier being built for Russia in Saint Nazaire, should make his first series of sea trials during the week of March 16 to 22. The BPC is currently at 96% completion, and is originally scheduled for delivery later this year in the month of October. But at the moment, it …

Departmental Elections – UMP and FN Tied

According to a new Ifop poll published today in the publication, Le Journal du Dimanche, the Front National (FN) and the L’Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP), are both tied in first place for the upcoming departmental elections on the 22th and 29th of March. According to the poll. both the FN and UMP both have 29% …

Unemployment – starting to fall ?

  Figures have just been released showing that the Unemployment figures for January have fallen by 19100, the first decline since last summer.  This is only the fourth fall in unemployment in 33 months in term of Francois Hollande. The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls told reporters that these figures are “an encouragement to pursue” and …

Drones over Key Sites

Over the last couple of nights, Police have revealed that there have been several drones observed flying over sensitive sites in Paris including the Embassy of the United States. At least five sightings have been spotted, and a further five reported the night before, flying over and around the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and Place …

New 20 Euro Note Announced

Earlier today, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, presented the new 20 euro bank note, after the success of the new redesigned 5 and 10 euro notes. It will start to arrive in the Autumn of this yeararrive in the next autumn purses. As usual with each change in design, this …