Lunchtime News Wednesday 1st December 2021


Survey shows that 43% of French support action of French President - According to a recent survey 43% of French people support the action taken by French President Emmanuel Macron in the face of the health crisis. The survey carried out by Ifop showed an increase of four points compared to a survey carried out last October, when 39% of respondents were in favour of the head of state. It is among left-wing voters that Emmanuel Macron is making the strongest progress. The Prime Minister Jean Castex also gained four points, with an approval rating of 41%.

France's extends suspension of flights from seven southern African countries - Meanwhile this morning Wednesday 1st December, France's Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune has announced the extension on the suspension of flights from seven southern African countries until Saturday 5th December.

On Tuesday some 47,177 new cases of covid were identified in France in one day. Figures show a current daily average of 32,116 cases over the past seven days.

1st December World AIDS day - Today is World AIDS day and according to a survey the "fear of HIV" in France has dropped among young people. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been fewer screenings and information campaigns. According to figures there are 6,200 new cases each year in France and 13% of infected people are under 25 years old.

170,000 people are infected with HIV in France with 6,200 new cases each year and 13% of these new cases concern a young person under 25 years of age. According to the association "Sidaction" there is a "serious" lack of knowledge with a quarter of 15- to 24-year-olds thinking that you can get HIV by kissing an HIV-positive person. One in five young people think that the emergency contraceptive pill can prevent the transmission of HIV. The association calls for prevention programmes for adolescents, new national information campaigns on HIV and the multiplication of testing places for young people.

Fight against school bullying - French MPs will today Wednesday 1st December, look into a new decree in the fight against school bullying in France. Three weeks ago, French President Emmanuel Macron, announced a number of measures as part of a package in the fight against school bullying which will be presented to the National Assembly today.

In France nearly one in ten students is affected each year by school bullying that can push the victim to end their life. While a number of initiatives have been carried out in recent years including the creation of emergency aid numbers, Macron announced the creation of an application to help victims of cyberbullying, the strengthening of parental control or the multiplication of places to listen to young people.

The draft law addresses the prevention, initial or continuing training of adults to prevent and deal with cases of harassment. But it is the criminal aspect of the text that will attract attention with its flagship measure: the creation of a specific offence of school bullying - this was until now punishable under other counts including moral harassment.

School bullying will however, be punishable by three years' imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros when it causes a total incapacity for work (ITT) of less than or equal to eight days, or even if it has not resulted in ITT. The measure is tightened if the ITT exceeds 8 days, and may even reach ten years of imprisonment and a fine of 150,000 euros when the facts have led the victim to commit suicide or to attempt to do so.


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