More French trying to quit smoking THE number of smokers trying to kick the habit is expected to soar this year as all anti-smoking aids became reimbursable from January 1. Numbers had already jumped by more than 300,000 towards the end of last year after the State agreed to cover up to €150 of an individual’s cost on just under half the aids on the market. The cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes is set to rise to €10 early this year.
EU-wide helpline for victims of rape A Europe-wide helpline that offers victims of assault and rape direct access to professional support launched in December. The number – 116 006 – is free to call, anonymous, and is open seven days a week from 9h to 19h. It connects victims to more than 130 professional support associations.
Vital cash aid for drought-hit farmers Livestock farmers in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes are to receive up to €2,000 in aid to help them feed their animals over winter after the long summer drought wrecked fodder supplies. The drought, which has been described as the worst since 2003, has seen farmers in large swathes of the region draw on their winter food supplies since late summer, say reports.
4,000 tabacs now able to sell Bitcoin UP TO 4,000 of France’s 27,000 tabacs have been equipped with software that allows customers to buy either Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrencies from January 1. If successful, the scheme will be rolled out to all tabacs, but the Banque de France has rejected claims that it has given the plan its backing.
Normandy bakers accused in court of working too much Two bakers from Calvados in Normandy have been summoned before their local courts, accused of illegally selling bread seven days per week. Isabelle and Xavier Perret, owners of La Boulaga bakery in the 3,800population town of Troarn, stand accused of the “uninterrupted sale of bread” after opening their shop every day of the week for the past year. The department bakers’ union (le syndicat départemental des boulangers du Calvados) has accused the couple of breaching a century-old law on bread selling. The couple have now appeared at the TGI (tribunal de grande instance) de Caen, accused of “disloyal competition” for opening their shop every day, as the union claims - “other small artisans do not have the means to do this”. Mr Perret said: “It’s strange for me to think that I’m having to go to court because I’m working! “I have 12 staff members, and I respect their time off. We do shifts, and I respect their right to work. “It’s shocking to have [a court case] when you hear President [Macron] saying things like ‘You only have to cross the street to find work’.” According to
Hospital in call for unusual donations A hospital in Paris is willing to pay €50 to anyone who can provide it with some very particular donations. Doctors at Saint-Antoine hospital are conducting a study into the bowel disease hemorrhagic rectocolitis – and need stool samples to assist in their research.
Five arrested over driving licence fraud Police have broken up a criminal gang they believe is responsible for helping as many as 600 motorists in and around Marseille get their driving licences without passing a key part of their tests. The group were arrested after a scam was uncovered in which
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the couple, being forced to close one day a week would completely disrupt the shop’s functioning and lead to the loss of two jobs. They have now started a petition to help gather support for their case. The laws on selling bread every day date back to 1919. As a result, most departments in France forbid shops, stands and stalls selling loaves – such as baguettes – every day, and demand that shops have at least one day off a week. The Perret bakery is not the first to fall foul of such laws in recent years.
people falsely posing as candidates took the theoretical part of the driving test.
State will now pay cost of condoms A BRAND of condom – the French-made Eden – can now be reimbursed on prescription by social security as part of a national effort to combat sexually transmitted infections. At present, the cost of treating STIs is €2billion per year, including €1.6billion for HIV alone. About 6,000 new cases of HIV infections are discovered every year, according to the Ministry of Health.
Official warning over carte vitale scam The public are being warned against an email scam
Last July, Servane and Emmanuel Deuval – who run the la Feuillette bakery in Mondeville (BasseNormandie) – were forbidden by a court to sell bread on Tuesdays. They now continue to make legal sales seven days a week due to two loopholes in the law. They sell sandwiches and cakes, but not simple loaves of bread, on Tuesdays, and have installed an automatic vending machine in their car park, which dispenses bread 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
inviting people to update their carte vitale insurance card by “filling in an online form”, medical insurance agency l’Assurance Maladie has said. The scam is particularly “well done”, the agency said, but is completely false, and the email should be deleted immediately if you receive a version.
Price-fixing brands are fined €189m Six major white goods brands have been fined €189million by the French consumer agency DGCCRF for their role in a secret price-fixing agreement. BSH (Bosch, Siemens, Viva, Neff), Candy Hoover; Eberhardt Frères (Liebherr); Electrolux (AEG, Arthur Martin); Indesit (Ariston, Scholtès); and Whirlpool joined together to increase
their minimum selling prices to distributors, the investigation found. The policies were found to have been agreed “at the highest levels of the companies during secret meetings”.
Louvre reaches 10m visitor mark The LOUVRE is seeking to widen its appeal to Chinese visitors as it celebrates a record-breaking 10 million tourist visits in 2018 – confirming its status as the world’s most-visited museum. Its president Jean-Luc Martinez said it is becoming even more important for the site to widen its appeal to foreigners - especially the Chinese, who make up an ever-greater proportion of visitors. It is looking to include more exhibitions of Asian art.
FRANCE has asked President Donald Trump to stop interfering in its national politics after his repeated tweets on the gilets jaunes protests. The US president, who alleged that the Paris Agreement on climate change was at fault, has also been criticised for not commenting on a march against climate change (La Marche Pour Le Climat), which took place across France. At least 20,000 people marched in Paris on the same weekend as the fourth round of gilets jaunes protests . Foreign Affairs Minister JeanYves Le Drian said: “I say to Donald Trump – and the President of the Republic also says – we do not take part in American debates, so let us live our own national life. “We do not try to interfere in internal American politics, and we would like this consideration to be reciprocated.” After the first protests in Paris, Mr Trump said it had been a “very sad day and night” and a solution would be “to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money to the people in the form of lower taxes”. He had previously tweeted: “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France.” He claimed French protesters had chanted “We Want Trump”, but Mr Le Drian said: “As far as I know, the gilets jaunes did not protest in English, and videos that appeared in the US in which you hear ‘We want Trump’ were from London, and filmed during Mr Trump’s visit.” Mr Trump announced his intention to take the United States out of the Paris Agree ment, which aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and limit temperature rises, in 2017.
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