Quoi de neuf? (French news 2)

Continuing the news theme, here are two more stories that have caught my eye recently:

Firstly, I was interested to read that France has declared that all new rooftops must be topped with plants or solar panels. A law recently passed decrees that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Secondly, France is to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities. French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste. The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation.  The councillor, whose campaign led to this law, is aiming to getting similar legislation passed worldwide.  If you want to find out more, here’s the link from the online Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/25/french-supermarkets-donate-food-waste-global-law-campaign

What do you think about these two thought provoking stories? I’d be very interested to know!

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Quoi de neuf? (French news-1)

I read a lot about France. This can be via blogs, newspapers or magazines and in French or English, depending how lazy or busy I am! Some items, in particular, catch my attention. Perhaps because my love affair with France started in Paris, I have been following the story about the ‘Pont des Arts’ with some interest.

Pont des Arts love locks removed: 45 tons of padlocks were removed recently from the Pont des Arts Bridge, over the Seine, in Paris. ‘We still hope that Paris will remain the capital of love and romance’ said Bruno Julliard, the deputy mayor of Paris.

A railing even collapsed here, last year, under the weight of so many locks.

This fashion began in Paris in 2008 when couples started to proclaim their everlasting love by writing their initials or names on a padlock, attaching it to the bridge and throwing the keys into the River Seine. Here’s a clip (in English) about the events from Channel 4 news.

Here is a recent photo of the bridge, without the padlocks, taken by ‘Out and About in Paris’. Please follow the link below the photo if you want to see more fab photos of Paris or https://www.facebook.com/OutAndAboutInParis 

What do you think about adding – or removing – symbolic padlocks from monuments? I’d love to know!

Many thanks to 'Out & about in Paris for the photo of the Pont des Arts as it is now. Follow this link: for more great photos of Paris - https://www.facebook.com/OutAndAboutInParis

Many thanks to ‘Out & about in Paris for the photo of the Pont des Arts as it is now. Follow this link: for more great photos of Paris – https://www.facebook.com/OutAndAboutInParis