Lunchtime News Thursday 28th April 2022


Fatal road accident - A 9-month-old baby has died in a road accident in the Bouches-du-Rhône and a 3-year-old child has been seriously injured. The accident occurred on Wednesday April 27th at around 10pm in Arles in the (Bouches-du-Rhône) on the road heading towards Tarascon. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of this fatal accident.

Sabotage of optical fibers - Fixed and mobile internet networks have been disrupted in several French regions on Wednesday following cable cuts as optical fibers were sabotaged. The French Telecom Federation called it “an attack of an unprecedented scale”. All operators have since lodged a complaint and filed civil action to understand the motivations and secure the networks. There are more than 50,000 pylons in France, nearly 30 million homes and businesses have access to fiber.

Police officer charged - The police officer who killed two men on Sunday by shooting at their car near Pont-Neuf in Paris, after they were suspected of having fled a police check has been charged with "intentional homicide against the driver of the vehicle". The 24-year-old officer has been placed under judicial control.

Ban on toxic and harmful chemicals in Europe - 12,000 potentially toxic and harmful chemicals used in cosmetics, toys and even baby products could soon be banned in Europe. In a “restrictions roadmap” published this week by the European Commission some substances have been indicated as becoming illegal in the coming years. The report shows restrictions for the most harmful substances to human health and the environment, with many linked to infertility, cancer and other diseases. European Commission polls show 84 percent of people are worried about the impact of chemicals of health, while 90 percent worry about their impact on the environment.

French media watchdog takes action against pornographic websites - Arcom the French media watchdog has ordered pornographic websites YouPorn and RedTube to block access to children or face a court order to have their services shut down. The move made public Wednesday comes a month after the regulator took legal action to block five pornographic sites accused of being too easily accessible to minors. The exposure of pornographic photos and videos to minors is banned under a French domestic violence law passed in July 2020.

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