Lunchtime News Friday 4th June 2021


Some high schools could introduce isolation period for those passing the baccalaureate - Some high schools in France have decided to introduce a seven, to ten day quarantine ahead of the baccalaureate, to limit the cases of covid amongst students sitting the exam. The remaining baccalaureate exams are fast approaching and to minimize the risks, some high schools have planned a pre-baccalaureate isolation, during which the high school students will have to stay at home. France’s Ministry of Education has left the decision up to high school heads.

Crisis meeting following breakdown of emergency numbers - After the major breakdown of emergency numbers that affected France on Wednesday,  a new government crisis unit will be held today to take stock of the situation, in the presence of the Prime Minister.

Referring to the breakdown, which made it impossible to access emergency services in France on Wednesday June 2nd, the Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, described the situation as "serious and unacceptable” speaking of at least three deaths potentially linked to the incident.

High school evacuated following gas leak - A high school in Nice has been evacuated this morning following a gas leak. 250 high school students were evacuated from the Lycée Don-Bosco at around 8.30 this morning. Following the gas board intervention the gas was cut off and firefighters confirmed there was no longer a risk.

Poll show majority of French want government to reexamine pension reform - A recent poll by Ifop has shown that a majority of French want the government to re-examine the pension system. The reform of France’s pension system has in the past led to widespread crippling strikes, before the health crisis. The reform consisted of a raft of measures including raising the retirement age by two years to 64. Speaking on Thursday the Head of State said that the “reform cannot go ahead as originally planned”.

Women’s rights march - A women's rights march is taking place in the centre of Nice this Saturday. Organizers say that about 5,000 people are expected to attend the demonstration, many travelling from other areas of France and other parts of Europe. It’s scheduled to begin at 11.00am at the Place Massena.

A first in French tennis - For the first time in the history of French tennis there are no French players through to the 3rd round of Roland-Garros this year. None of the 28 French representatives at Roland-Garros 2021 managed to get past the second round.

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