French and Riviera News Friday 1st July 2022

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Brevet subjects leaked on social media - The subjects for this year’s brevet currently being taken by college students across France have been leaked. On Thursday the Ministry of National Education announced that it would be filing a complaint after the subjects in history-geography and science which were due to be presented today Friday 1st July, were found to be circulating on WhatsApp, TikTok and other social media platforms. It means that emergency back up papers will be presented today to some 850,000 candidates who are sitting the exam. An investigation has been opened into how the subjects were leaked in the first place.

People smuggling ring - Fifteen people have been arrested in France on suspicion of being part of a people-smuggling ring that was involved in one of the deadliest incidents seen in the English Channel. In November, 27 people died when their boat sank near Calais as they tried to make the dangerous journey across the Channel to reach the UK. According to French media, the arrests were made at the start of this week in northern and eastern regions of France, as well as various locations across Paris.

10% flights cancelled at Paris airport - As strike action by firefighters at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport continues today Friday July 1st, about 10% of flights will be cancelled. Due to safety reasons the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has asked companies to give up one in six aircraft movements between 7am and 2pm this afternoon. Firefighters are asking for a 6% wage increase.

First flight Toulon-Hyères-Geneva - Meanwhile the first flight on the Toulon-Hyères-Geneva line landed on Thursday on the tarmac at Toulon-Hyères airport before taking off again for Geneva.

July 1st changes - As with the first of every month in France certain changes are to come into effect today July 1st. Namely the possibility to take or add the name of another parent rather than being obliged to use just one. Also the daily allowance on “food vouchers” a common employee benefit in France, will be reduced from 38 to 19 euros and will no longer be usable at weekends or on public holidays, there will be a 4% boost to pensions and a ban on the sale of new oil-fired boilers. Finally, as of July 1st, the costs of life insurance contracts and retirement savings plans (PER) will be more transparent.

Local News

Child knocked down by electric scooter has died from his injuries - The child knocked down by an electric scooter in Nice on Wednesday evening has died from his inju