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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:21 pm
Author: Anthea
As you have seen there are massive storms to the south east of UK

But I do NOT live in the south east :((

I have NO storm

I have NO thunder

I have NO rain

Just HEAT #:-s

And MORE heat 8-|

It went up to 40c :sad:

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:18 am
Author: Piling
Storm hit Paris but not my city. Today, though, we could expect only 30ºc.

The week-end will be cool, storm, rain and 23ºc.

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:13 am
Author: Anthea
Expecting temp to remain in mid 20s for the next week or so

Then it may go up again :-s

I have no heat coming from my windows as I have put silver foil (baking foil) on all my windows

Looks awful but works brilliantly :ymparty:

I also have netting on my windows so can keep them open all night without things flying in :D

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:43 am
Author: Piling
Soon : La Grotte au Dragon (The Dragon's Cave) : ... 036000188/

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:14 am
Author: Anthea
Piling wrote:Soon : La Grotte au Dragon (The Dragon's Cave) : ... 036000188/

Looks good :ymapplause:

Eventually there will be an English version and hopefully a film :ymparty:

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:27 am
Author: Piling ... 9173933785

The nw tome was in my mailbox yesterday. Soon in shops.

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:01 am
Author: Anthea
Piling wrote:

The nw tome was in my mailbox yesterday. Soon in shops.

Very impressive :ymparty:

Your books need to become a TV series on somewhere like Amazon :x

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:00 pm
Author: Anthea
We are having another heatwave #:-s

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:36 am
Author: Anthea
Paris paralysed by massive
strike over pensions

The French capital is seeing huge jams and massive crowds on the few metro lines running as transport workers strike against planned pension reform

Ten of Paris's 16 lines were shut and service on the others was disrupted.

Many workers cycled, walked or stayed at home, while free rides were on offer on transport operator RATP's e-moped and Uber's e-bike and scooter networks.

The strike, the biggest since 2007, is the first big act against President Macron's plan for a universal pension.

It would replace dozens of different pension schemes for different professions.

Members of other professions including lawyers, airline staff and medical workers have called for more strikes starting on Monday.

What is the situation in Paris?

There were 235km (145 miles) of traffic jams in the Paris region, officials said, more than double normal levels.

Local media showed photos of crammed platforms on four metro lines, where some trains were running.

Le Parisien newspaper said a legal requirement to maintain a minimum level of service - in place following a big strike in 2007, which was also against a pension overhaul - was not being fulfilled.

Three of the city's five regional rail lines, run by national rail operator SNCF, were running as normal but the two other lines were offering a reduced rush hour service and no trains at all during the rest of the day.

Travellers reported a surge in prices on ride-hailing services, with one journalist posting a screenshot showing a ride across the city costing €100 (£90), about three times the usual fare.

However Uber was also offering two free 15-minute rides on its Jump electric bikes and scooters in the city. RATP meanwhile was offering free 30-minute rides on the Cityscoot network of electric mopeds.

Paris has about 20,000 electric scooters available for hire.

Why is the pension reform controversial?

RATP's three main unions have called the strike a "shot across the bow" for Mr Macron's reform plans.

Metro workers say the new universal pension would force them to work longer by taking away their right to retire early, negotiated decades ago to compensate for having to work long hours underground.

On average, Metro workers retire at 55 while most French workers retire at 63.

The move to a universal points-based pension system would also remove the most advantageous pensions for a range of jobs ranging from sailors to notaries and including Paris opera workers.

Meanwhile those retiring before 64 would receive a lower pension. For example someone retiring at 63 would receive five percent less.

On Thursday French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe insisted the reforms would be fair for everyone.

"We're going to construct a truly universal system where every euro paid in will provide the same rights for everyone, whether a labourer, a shop owner, a researcher, a farmer, a civil servant, a doctor or an entrepreneur," he said.

The French government wants parliament to vote on the plans early next year.

Last year lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of overhauling rail operator SNCF, which saw employees lose generous job and pension guarantees. That followed months of rolling strikes by SNCF workers.

Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:37 pm
Author: Anthea
Yellow vest protests
Dozens of arrests in Paris

Dozens of demonstrators have been arrested in Paris following a resurgence of the yellow vest protests that started last year

Several hundred protesters gathered at different points in the French capital and over 39 were swiftly arrested.

A huge security operation was planned amid fears the protesters would clash with a climate change march.

The majority of demonstrators did not wear the trademark hi-vis jackets to avoid being visible.

Police, who have previously been accused of heavy-handedness, used tear gas to disperse groups of protesters.

The gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement started last November over increased fuel prices, evolving into weekly protests that continued well into the spring.

They accused President Emmanuel Macron of being out of touch and often turned violent.

The protests prompted Mr Macron to introduce reforms including tax cuts and a more decentralised government.

One of Saturday's protesters told French media outlet Le Monde that they continued to protest because of "injustice" but said they were worried about the "bad image" of the yellow vests.

"I am not a thug," they insisted.

Saturday's protests interfered with France's annual Heritage Day, when well-known sites open their doors to the public.

On Friday, President Macron said it was good that that people could express themselves but asked that the protests proceeded in a "calm" manner.