Lunchtime News Thursday 3rd March 2022


Man found dead in his vehicle - A man has been found dead in his car north of Brignoles on the RD60 between Pontevès and Barjols in the Var. Police discovered the man dead in his vehicle this morning and according to initial reports the victim, would have felt unwell which would have caused the vehicle to exit the main road. An investigation into the incident is underway.

French Prime Minister is this lunchtimes guest on TF1 - French Prime Minister Jean Castex will be the guest on this lunchtimes JT on TF1 at 1pm. The Prime Minister is expected to talk about the French government plans to deal with the impact of the war in Ukraine on the French economy and will also announce the latest measures against covid. On Wednesday evening during his televised address, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron said he had asked Castex "to draw up an economic and social resilience plan for the next few days" to deal with the impact of the war in Ukraine on the French economy.

Russian yacht seized overnight in La Ciotat - A Russian yacht has been seized at the La Ciotat shipyard in the Bouches-du-Rhone. Owned by a company linked to the boss of the Russian group Rosneft, the yacht Amore Vero was seized overnight from Wednesday to Thursday. France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire wrote in a tweet "French customs seized the yacht Amore Vero in La Ciotat, as part of the implementation of European Union sanctions against Russia”.

Sanctions - Companies specialising in the rental of aircraft are faced with the obligation to recover their aircraft leased by Russian companies before March 28th, as part of the European sanctions against Moscow. Beyond the closure of its airspace, the European Union has decided to ban the export to Russia of aircraft as well as parts and equipment from the aeronautical industry.

A total of 515 aircraft are leased by EU firms to Russian companies for a value of 12 billion euros. Ireland, where the largest leasing companies are located, is particularly affected. Based in Dublin, the largest company in the AerCap sector alone leases 152 aircraft to Russian or Ukrainian companies for a value of 2.1 billion euros. European aircraft leasing companies have until March 28th to terminate contracts and collect their aircraft.

Tiktok under investigation - Accused of harming children's mental health, Tiktok is under investigation over its algorithms and methods of marketing to young people. A coalition of eight American states, including California and Florida, have announced the launch of an investigation into the very popular TikTok application, known for its short, musical or parody videos, skilfully selected by algorithms according to the tastes of users. The authorities accuse TikTok, a subsidiary of the Chinese group ByteDance, of encouraging children to spend more and more time on the app. In the United States, TikTok is accessible to people under 13 as long as they use a version modified for them. TikTok reacted to news of the investigation by promising to "provide information about the many safety and privacy safeguards they have for teens”. The US states want to examine "techniques used by TikTok to encourage young people" to spend more time on the app as well as their reaction to content and interaction with creators”.








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