Lunchtime News Monday 28th June 2021

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Weather warning - Météo France has placed four departments of the Auvergne Rhone Alpes region on an orange weather warning with thunderstorms forecast, hail storms and heavy rainfall with the risk of flooding. The warning is in place from 2pm until 6pm this evening.

Brevet - More than 800,000 college students will today and tomorrow sit their Brevet or National College Certificate, which unlike the baccalaureate has not experienced any adjustment due to the health crisis.

Despite many students having lessons online due to the health crisis, the end-of-year exams for college students is going ahead,  almost, as if nothing had happened. From this Monday and until tomorrow Tuesday June 29th, some 860,000 college students will sit the Brevet.

On the programme this Monday French in the morning and mathematics in the afternoon. History-geography will follow on Tuesday morning with science and foreign languages in the afternoon. Evaluated on 800 points 400 points are awarded on continuous assessment. In other words, a large part of the students are already guaranteed to obtain their diploma, even before sitting the tests today.

Regional elections - French President Emmanuel Macron saw his party experience wipe-out in local elections on Sunday as it failed to win a single one of the country's key mainland regions.

The second round of the regional elections was also a

disaster for Marine Le Pen's far-Right National Rally, which failed to make any breakthroughs.

Exit polls showed the principal winners on Sunday were the mainstream conservative right, in the form of the opposition Republicans party. Nationally, Macron's LREM (The Republic on the Move) won less than 10 per cent of the vote.

Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron has congratulated Xavier Bertrand on his re-election as president of the of the Hauts-de-France Regional Council. The Head of State met his declared rival in the 2022 presidential election on the first day of his second term at the head of the Hauts-de-France Regional Council this morning in the parking lot of the Renault site in Douais.

While Bertand remarked on the importance of having managed to push back the the FN Macron answered that "indeed it’s important, it shows that when you invest, you get there,"

 

 

 

 

 

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