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Hostage-taking and armed robbery with Kalashnikov at a supermarket in France, near the border with Switzerland

3 months ago
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Four armed men took an employee of a Leclerc supermarket hostage on Monday, a few kilometers from the Swiss border, after which they emptied the supermarket safe and fled, the French press writes.


 A scene worthy of an action movie took place on Monday morning in the commune of Ferney-Voltaire (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), just a few kilometers from the Swiss border, according to the regional daily Le Dauphiné Libéré.  Four criminals took a hostage on Monday, at 5.30 local time, on the accountant of the Leclerc supermarket in Ferney-Voltaire.  They drove to the hypermarket, where they violently "neutralized" two guards with Kalashnikovs.  According to the victims, slightly injured, the robbers were also armed with several handguns.

Threatened, the accountant then led the four robbers to the safe, which they forced her to open.  The amount robbed was unknown immediately, but Le Dauphiné Libéré reveals that the four left in a black Audi and left the employee "in shock".


 Police and firefighters were sent to the scene.  "This is not the first time a supermarket has been robbed in the Pays de Gex.  Stop attacking banks.  It's easier in big stores, where there is still cash, "Ferney Mayor Daniel Raphoz told the publication.

 Cash is collected here in the context of the Pays de Gex attracting a significant Swiss clientele, which uses cash.  "What is certain is that the blow was meticulously prepared," said the mayor of Ferney.

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Frederic Denard, a former employee of the French perfume company Interparfums, sued his € 50 thousand euros for the fact that he was bored at work.  About this writes Newsweek.


 In court, Denard complained of being bored at work and having no tasks to do.  He called his career in the company "a fall into hell" and explained that he always had almost nothing to do.


 “Nobody worried, I will come to work at 9 or 10 in the morning,” the former employee emphasized.  All he had to do was buy some materials, for example, “a couple of sheets of paper”;  on this his working day ended.  Sometimes he performed tasks that had nothing to do with his original duties, the newspaper writes.


 Denar was ashamed to receive a salary for not doing anything.  He began to suffer from depression and felt "destroyed."  A colleague of Denard said in court that at some point, a former employee often began to talk about possible suicide.  Denard himself said that stress from the situation led him to an attack of epilepsy at the wheel.

 Once Denard decided not to come to work anymore, and in September 2014, after seven months of absence, the company fired him.  Then the former employee decided to demand compensation.  He went to court in 2016 and asked for a payment of € 360 thousand. According to the employer, Denard could not make the company realize how bored he was.


 France is known for its laws, according to which employees are not so easy to dismiss, the newspaper notes.  Employees often remain in companies, even if their responsibilities become irrelevant due to, for example, technological progress.  After that, employees hope for resignation because they have almost nothing more to do in the workplace.  According to the publication, now employers will have to ensure that their subordinates do not get bored.

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A bridge collapsed in France.

10 months ago
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Countries are intensely preparing to welcome their tourists.  This is also the case of the French who have already arranged the first beach during the pandemic, with separate areas to respect the distance.  People are sunbathing in pens on Couchant Beach.


The new beach makes the holidays completely different than you knew them.  As soon as people enter the airport, they go through filters to prove that they are healthy, wear a mask, including on the plane, and on landing undergo other checks.  No one assumes that a person infected with coronavirus will enter their country.  And once you arrive at the hotel it is possible to find out that only one in two rooms is occupied or that the neighboring hotel is closed.  

There is no need for congestion in the resort, at bars and especially on the beach, where equally drastic measures are taken.

 If in Italy, on the beach, we could sit on sunbeds between plexiglass panels, in France, on Couchant beach, some kind of pens were arranged.  Tourists sit in the sun on the sand, surrounded by four pairs tied with string between them.  That is practically the perimeter in which they are allowed to move.


Couchant Beach is located in La Grande-Motte, a town in the south of France.  It is known for its fine sand and wide beaches, with many yachts anchored ashore.  One night accommodation at a 3-star hotel costs on average 490 lei, and at a 5-star hotel, 807 lei.


  "People are likely to travel less abroad, and holidays at home may become commonplace.  Travel must be based on mutual respect, solidarity and responsibility, ”says Andy Rutherford, founder of the UK-based travel company Fresh Eyes.


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The French rooster Maurice, who won the right to sing in court in the morning, died at the age of 6, his owner announced.


 Corrine Fesseau, the owner of the rooster, said that Maurice died in early May of Coryza - an infectious disease often found in chickens, informs The Guardian.


 "I found him in the hen house, I did everything I could," Fesseau said.

 Maurice's owner said she waited to announce the rooster's death because the coronavirus pandemic was more important.  "Covid-19 was more important than my rooster. Maurice was an emblem, a symbol of rural life and a hero," said Corinne Fesseau, who buried Maurice in her garden.


 The Maurice choir became famous after a retired couple moved to the French island of Oleron and sued the owner of the rooster because Maurice was singing early in the morning and Corrine Fesseau did not silence him.


 The case last year became a symbol of the misunderstandings between the rural and the urban population.  Many French people in big cities are looking for the countryside for a quiet second home, but not everyone accepts the sounds and smells of these areas.

 A court in France rejected in September 2019 the complaint of Corrine Fesseau's neighbors and asked them to pay Corrine damages of 1,000 euros.

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Such protective equipment can make you dangerous to others.


Sometimes protective fabric masks are equipped with a special valve.  In this case, the mask works like this - you inhale air through filters and exhale it through a one-way valve.  Thus, warm air comes out from under the mask faster, it becomes easier to breathe, the mask is easier to wear, and glasses will not fog up.

We put on masks for two reasons.  Firstly, we hope that they will protect us from COVID-19 (however, disputes are still underway regarding the effectiveness of masks).  Secondly, more importantly, the mask does not allow us to infect others, if we are sick and do not suspect it.


 The valve allows free passage of air as it exhales.  This means that an infected person will spread particles of the virus around him as if he weren’t wearing any protection at all.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend using masks and respirators with valves to prevent infection with this disease.


 Such protection can be worn in conditions of smog, dust and smoke - for example, at a construction site or factory where harmful particles are floating in the air.  But the mask with the valve will not stop the spread of the virus.


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