Lunchtime News Thursday 17th March 2022


Fatal road accident - A man has died and a woman has been seriously injured following a road accident in La Valette in the Var. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when a car crashed into a truck. The driver of the vehicle, an 83-year-old man, died at the scene. His passenger, a 77-year-old woman, is in a critical condition in hospital. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the collision.

Demonstrations - Demonstrations are planned across France today to demand an increase in wages and pensions. According to unions more than 150 gathering points are planned in cities across the country. Few disruptions are expected on transport, except in the east of France where only one out of two TGVs will be running. The last mobilisation on January 27th saw as least 89,000 demonstrators take to the streets.

Emmanuel Macron to present his political programme this afternoon - The day of demonstrations will coincide with French President and candidate for the elections Emmanuel Macron, unveiling his political programme this afternoon in the Paris region. Following the press conference, the content of the programme will be presented in a twenty-page booklet sent to the French in the coming days.

François Hollande says that “Vladimir Putin will go all the way” - Speaking at MIPIM in Cannes, former Socialist French President François Hollande has said that “Vladimir Putin will go all the way”. During an interview to the Nice-Matin Group Hollande spoke of the French arms sales to Russia, which continued after the 2014 embargo and expressed his "regret" at not being in the running for this year’s presidential election and well as the future of the Socialist Party and developments in the real estate market.

TikTok is official partner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival - TikTok is to be an official partner of Cannes 2022. The partnership will bring together the app, which sees users create short video content and engage in short-term viral trends, with the world of international feature films. The app is promising exclusive backstage coverage and has launched a competition for users, with winners to be awarded their prizes during the festival. Organizers of the Festival are hoping the deal will help them to go beyond their cult of cinephiles and reach TikTok’s youthful, generation Z audience. The event is the biggest film festival in the world and the highlight of the cinema calendar for many.


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