Lunchtime News Tuesday 5th October 2021


French Catholic church - An inquiry commissioned by the French Catholic Church in 2018 has shown that some 216,000 children have been victims of abuse by members of the Catholic clergy in France since 1950. The lengthy report into sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church could see numbers rise to 330,000. One victim called the report a turning point in France's history.

The French inquiry spent more than two-and-a-half years combing through court, police and church records and speaking to victims and witnesses. Most cases assessed by the panel are thought to be too old to prosecute under French law.

Tension with Algeria - French President Emmanuel Macron has said he hopes the diplomatic tension with Algeria will ease soon. In an interview with French media Macron said, "My wish is that we can calm things down because I think it is better to talk to one another, and to make progress”. The diplomatic spat came days after France announced cuts to the number of visas issued to citizens of Algeria and North African countries leading to Algeria recalling its ambassador to Paris and closing its airspace to French military planes. Days later the France’s Head of State was quoted as saying the former French colony was ruled by a "political-military system" with an official history that was based not on truth, but on hatred of France.

Donations to save church steeple - The village of Châteauneuf is calling for donations to restore the steeple of its church. The bell tower of the Saint-Martin church which dominates the village is in need of urgent repair. An emblematic heritage of the town it can be seen from Opio and Valbonne.

Local election in Saint Paul de Vence validated - The Council of State has validated the last local elections in Saint-Paul de Vence. The result is now definitive. The June 2020 election which resulted in the election of Jean-Pierre Camilla as mayor has just been validated by the Council of State marking the end of the electoral soap opera that has lasted 15 months.

Free parking in Nice due to strike action - Due to today’s national strike action and disruptions to the region travel network the city of Nice has announced that on-street parking will be free today, Tuesday, October 5th. The strike action means that three tram lines are not running today in Nice and twenty bus lines are also be affected.

Shuttle service to replace public elevator in Monaco - A shuttle service is soon to replace the public elevator connecting the Exotic Garden and Hector-Otto, which will soon be closed for two months. From October 11th until December 3rd a shuttle service will be set up while one of the most frequented public elevators in the Principality, is modernized and made more reliable.

The shuttle will run from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm and on weekends and holidays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The turnaround time is estimated at 10 minutes.

As of this year, the Monegasque state plans to replace six escalators, transform two escalators into an elevator with a glass pylon, and replace nine public elevators.

Macron promises 15 million euros to animal shelters - To mark World Animal Day, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised a further 15 million euros to restore and maintain animal shelters. He also stressed the importance of finding a balance between animal rights and traditional practices such as farming and hunting. On Monday Macron spent part of World Animal Day at an SPA animal shelter for dogs and cats, where he announced increased financial support for centres which take care of abandoned animals. France is one of the worst offenders in Europe for mistreatment of animals and the abandonment of pets. According to the SPA the number of abandoned pets has increased by 7%.

And Finally

700 hens to adopt to avoid the slaughterhouse - Nearly 700 red hens from a farm in Lot-et-Garonne were rescued from the slaughterhouse on Saturday 2 October by the association Champs Libres aux Poules. With the breeder's agreement, they were placed in collection centers in the Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne and Haute-Garonne. Their future adoptive families can pick them up there by making a free donation.

After being collected, the animals were distributed to different collection points across the region. And they are now available for adoption there. To retrieve them, all you have to do is register on the Champs Libres aux poules website. And to agree to the ethical charter which guarantees the well-being of the hens.

The association has already saved more than 14,000 chickens this year, details the Toulouse media.


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