French and Riviera News Thursday 6th October 2022

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French gas reserves for winter are full - France’s Energy Regulation Commission has announced that while French gas reserves are full for this winter it calls on the population to make a “huge collective effort” to cut down on energy consumption. The announcement made on Wednesday makes France the third European country, after Belgium and Portugal, to fill its natural gas storage capacities to the maximum. With Russian gas exports to France having completely dried up since September 1st, France’s Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher had said the government's objective was to fill gas stocks to 100 percent before November. Having maximum gas stocks does not however, rule out the risk of difficulties this winter. In a published report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said gas savings in Europe remained "crucial”. The French government will today Thursday 6th October present its so-called "energy sobriety plan" aimed at urging all sectors of economic and social life to work at reducing energy consumption by 10 percent.

Strike action many nursery schools closed in Nice today - A national strike movement concerning nursery school staff is taking place today Thursday, October 6th. According to the unions, in Nice 23 nurseries will be closed, and 3 will have a restricted reception. Locally the action is in protest against working conditions which have “deteriorated” and among the demands is the urgent recruitment of personnel. As part of the movement a rally is planned at Place Garibaldi at 9.30 this morning, a demonstration which should end in front of the town hall of Nice.

SNCF ticket sales for the holiday season - Since opening the sale of train tickets for the holiday season, the SNCF has said that is sold “over 30 tickets per second on its website on Wednesday. The SNCF website and the SNCF Connect application witnessed some technical problems due to the high demand over a period of 6 to 8 hours with up to 100,000 connections per minute. In total, 9 million TGV, Ouigo, and Intercités tickets were on offer for the period running from December 11th to January 2nd, 2023 and until July 7th for Ouigo tickets, a million more than last year.

Study show 66% of French employees in favour of companies offering “menstrual leave” - According to a study published today by Ifop, 66% of French employees would be in favour of setting up “menstrual leave” in the workplace. Spain is currently leading the way in Europe being the first to present a bill creating a "menstrual leave".  The study