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Notre Dame: Cathedral's spire will be restored to 19th Century design

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French President Emmanuel Macron announced the decision, putting an end to speculation that the spire would be rebuilt in a modern style.

Mr Macron had previously hinted he was in favour of a "contemporary gesture".

However he has said he wants the restoration to be completed by 2024, when Paris is hosting the Olympics.

The Elysée said Mr Macron's main concern was "not delaying the reconstruction and making it complicated - things had to be cleared up quickly".

It added that the process of designing a modern spire, with an international competition for architects, could have caused unnecessary delays.

"The president trusts the experts and approved the main outlines of the project presented by the chief architect which plans to reconstruct the spire identically," the Elysée said.

The announcement followed a meeting of France's national heritage and architecture commission (CNPA).
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I have joined a French language firearms board.

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ed wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:38 am I have joined a French language firearms board.

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Keep us posted about the idiosyncrasies of the Gallic gun nuts.

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France based? Canadian?

Or just plain American good old boys who are trying to be la-di-dah? :p
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:46 am France based? Canadian?

Or just plain American good old boys who are trying to be la-di-dah? :p
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France. I was hoping that the euros over there might have some different insights to certain questions I have.
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Happy Bastille Day!

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Translated from French Wikipedia:
The Birmingham riots, also known as the Priestley riots, took place from July 14 to 17, 1791 in Birmingham, England. Dissidents of the Church of England and, in particular, the theologian and political philosopher Joseph Priestley, were the main target of the rioters. Local and national events, which aroused the passion of the crowds, ranged from disagreement over the purchase of books by the public library, to controversy over the Dissidents' attempts to obtain rights identical to those of other citizens of the realm, to their support for the French Revolution.

The riots began with an attack on a hotel where a banquet was being held to celebrate the second anniversary of the capture of the Bastille. Then, starting with Priestley's church and house, the rioters attacked or set fire to four Dissident chapels, twenty-seven houses and several businesses. Many of them got drunk with the alcohol found in the looted places or the alcohol offered to them so that they would not set fire to this or that building. The rioters burn not only the houses and chapels of the Dissidents, but also the homes of people known to be sympathetic to their cause, such as members of the scientific community of the Lunar Society.

Although the riots were not organized by the government of Prime Minister William Pitt, he was very slow to respond to the Dissidents' call for help. Local officials in Birmingham may have been involved in the preparations for the riots and later became reluctant to prosecute the leaders. Industrialist James Watt writes that the riots "divided Birmingham into two camps that mortally hated each other". Those who fell victim to the rioters gradually left Birmingham, abandoning a city that had become more conservative than it had been throughout the 18th century.

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France raises pay for health care workers by more than €8 billion

The French government and unions signed an agreement Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the peak of the outbreak in France, people applauded every night health workers who in turn said that such gratitude rang hollow if it was not followed by concrete steps.

The bulk of the package comprises 7.5 billion euros ($8.5 billion) for pay increases for nurses and careworkers, who will get an average monthly raise of 183 euros ($208).

There is also 450 million euros ($510 million) for doctors intended to bolster wages for those who solely work in the public sector, a move aimed at luring them from more lucrative private clinics.

"No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system," Prime Minister Jean Castex said after a signing ceremony that followed seven weeks of negotiations between government and unions.

"This is first of all recognition of those who have been on the front line in the fight against this epidemic," he said.

"It is also a way of catching up the delay for each and every one -- including perhaps myself -- has their share of responsibility."
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Witness wrote: Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:27 pm
The riots began with an attack on a hotel where a banquet was being held to celebrate the second anniversary of the capture of the Bastille.
They had to surrender their French themed banquet?
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Sorry no Swiss thread, so it goes here. 8)

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↑ Near Basel there is a point where three borders meet:

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They should build a hotel there in stead of that ridiculous monument.

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French business booms more than expected in July on services rebound: PMI

PARIS (Reuters) - French business activity rebounded far more than expected in July as a post-lockdown recovery in the service sector shifted up a gear, a survey showed on Friday.

Data compiler IHS Markit said its preliminary purchasing managers index jumped to 57.6 from 51.7 in June, hitting its highest level since January 2018.

That easily beat economists’ average forecast for 53.5 in a Reuters poll and brought the index further away from 50-point level dividing an expansion from a contraction.

French business activity has been recovering faster than expected since the country began emerging from a coronavirus lockdown on May 11.

The government put France under one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe in mid-March, shutting down vast swaths of the euro zone’s second-biggest economy and plunging the country into its worst recession since modern records began in 1948.

Companies in both the services and manufacturing sectors both ramped up production in July as backlogs built in the face of pent-up demand unsatisfied during the lockdown.
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Paris public transport to be made free for under-18s

Parisians under the age of 18 will be able to ride for free on the city's public transport when they go back to school in September.

The change, approved by the Conseil de Paris (city council) on Thursday, will save families €350 annually.

The move applies only to children who hold an Imagine R student Navigo pass, which covers Paris and the surrounding Île-de-France region, rather than visitors to the French capital.

Until now free public transport applied only to children up to the age of 11, with older children entitled to fifty per cent off their annual pass, but City Hall has decided to extend the benefit at an estimated cost of €12.6m per year.

When schools return, families will be able to apply for a full reimbursement to their Imagine R travel passes which they should receive in five to six weeks.

"The evolution towards a more sustainable, clean and multifaceted model of urban mobility involves developing the reflex to use public transport from an early age." said a City Hall statement.
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France sees most new daily Covid-19 cases since May

More than 2,500 new coronavirus cases were registered in France in 24 hours in the sharpest increase since May, government data showed on Wednesday, as officials said indicators were "clearly worsening".

Of 600,000 tests over the past week more than 11,600 were positive, the health ministry's DGS public health division said.

At 2.2 percent, the weekly rate of positives was up from 1.6 percent the week before, confirming "increased viral circulation", it added.

"Indicators used for tracking the epidemic on French territory have clearly worsened in recent days," the DGS said.

With August traditionally a month when many French people take weeks of summer holiday, "it's imperative that we keep up our efforts to avoid the epidemic picking up again, individually and collectively, everywhere and at all times", the DGS said.

Health officials have identified 18 new virus clusters in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 896 nationwide – although the number of patients in intensive care dropped slightly to 379, a level relatively steady since late July.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday that France will gradually ramp up police checks to ensure people wear face masks where it is mandatory and respect social distancing amid a new surge of Covid-19 infections. "We're at a tipping point [...] We're going to mobilise police forces to make checks," Attal said.
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How climate change is souring French winemakers' 2020 harvest

2020 has already been a year to forget for vineyards, as the corona crisis has led to plummeting sales. Now adverse weather conditions are threatening to ruin the harvest.

Just when it seemed the year could not get more awful for French winemakers, it has got worse.

With coronavirus lockdowns sending sales plummeting, some have had to turn their unsold stock into alcoholic hand disinfectant.

This is all the more depressing because 2019 was a vintage year in many of the country's wine regions.

But 2020 has also brought the creeping spectre of climate change into sharp focus, as winemakers were forced to start picking their grapes in early August in parts of southern France -- a whole month ahead of the norm two generations ago.

The first signs are not good, with a meagre crop riddled with mildew from topsy-turvy weather.

In some vineyards, there are hardly any grapes left to pick.

The Agly valley, upriver from Rivesaltes, the village which gives its name to the renowned fortified wine, is the sunniest in France, with 300 days of sunshine a year.

Yet even here they have not seen a year like it with grape-pickers working under blistering temperatures nearing 40 degrees Centigrade (104 Fahrenheit).

Farmers have been forced to harvest by machine at night or handpick from the crack of dawn to keep the grapes at their cool best.

"It is the first time I have seen anything like this, and I have been working in the vineyards since I was 17," 68-year-old Jean-Marie Dereu told AFP in his fields 40 kilometres from the Spanish border.
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Bras off: Lockdown triggers rise in French women going braless

A growing number of French women are ditching their bras in the name of comfort and liberty, according to a recent survey, a trend that seems to have been triggered by the three-month Covid-19 lockdown in which many women got used to going without the undergarment.

According to a recent Ifop survey, while just three percent of women said they never or rarely wore a bra before the Covid-19 crisis, this rose to eight percent during the lockdown and stayed at seven percent afterwards.

The trend is even more pronounced among women under 25, 18 percent of whom say they now regularly don’t wear a bra in public.

"So what we measured at the end of the lockdown is that this very particular period of isolation at home had indeed been the occasion of a real boom in the practice of No Bra, among all French women,” Jean-Philippe Dubrulle, Ifop director of studies, told AFP.

“The number of women who gave up the bra during the lockdown multiplied by three and even more among young women, those under 25, which multiplied by four or five."

Comfort was the number one reason given for giving up the bra, according to the poll, but many also saw it as an expression of liberty and feminism.

And among under 25s, 32 percent said their decision to go braless was motivated in part by “the desire to fight against the sexualisation of the female breast”.
https://www.france24.com/en/20200824-br ... ng-braless

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Witness wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:48 pm
Bras off: Lockdown triggers rise in French women going braless

A growing number of French women are ditching their bras in the name of comfort and liberty, according to a recent survey, a trend that seems to have been triggered by the three-month Covid-19 lockdown in which many women got used to going without the undergarment.

According to a recent Ifop survey, while just three percent of women said they never or rarely wore a bra before the Covid-19 crisis, this rose to eight percent during the lockdown and stayed at seven percent afterwards.

The trend is even more pronounced among women under 25, 18 percent of whom say they now regularly don’t wear a bra in public.

"So what we measured at the end of the lockdown is that this very particular period of isolation at home had indeed been the occasion of a real boom in the practice of No Bra, among all French women,” Jean-Philippe Dubrulle, Ifop director of studies, told AFP.

“The number of women who gave up the bra during the lockdown multiplied by three and even more among young women, those under 25, which multiplied by four or five."

Comfort was the number one reason given for giving up the bra, according to the poll, but many also saw it as an expression of liberty and feminism.

And among under 25s, 32 percent said their decision to go braless was motivated in part by “the desire to fight against the sexualisation of the female breast”.
https://www.france24.com/en/20200824-br ... ng-braless

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In line with historical precedent.

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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:56 pm Safe for work in France, but otherwise ...
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