Coronavirus: Why reopening French schools is a social emergency (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why reopening French schools is a social emergency. “It’s obvious that a lack of schooling has increased inequalities, says France’s Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. ‘Social emergency’ is the term he uses to describe the need to unlock the country’s schools. France started reopening its education system after lockdown with primary schools, because it was even more important for young people than for older pupils, he explained.”

Coronavirus: France offers subsidy to tempt lockdown cyclists (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: France offers subsidy to tempt lockdown cyclists. “France is encouraging people to cycle to keep pollution levels low once lockdown restrictions end. Under the €20 million (£17m; $21.7m) scheme, everyone will be eligible for bike repairs of up to €50 at registered mechanics. The funding will also help pay for cycle training and temporary parking spaces.”

Free Press: Notre Dame Cathedral restoration halted by coronavirus one year after blaze

Free Press: Notre Dame Cathedral restoration halted by coronavirus one year after blaze. “The restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral has been halted by the coronavirus crisis a year after fire gutted its interior and toppled its spire. Some scaffolding that was erected for an earlier renovation project melted in the blaze on April 15 2019. The unstable scaffolding further endangers the cathedral. The restoration of the landmark from the 12th and 13th centuries has been halted and workers sent home because of France’s coronavirus lockdown that began on March 17, thwarting plans to start removing the 250 tonnes of metal scaffolding.”

France Today: Go for a Museum Hop in France from the Comfort of Your Home

France Today: Go for a Museum Hop in France from the Comfort of Your Home. “In a remarkable effort in support of the #culturecheznous initiative by the French Ministry of Culture, museums have prepared virtual visits to invite us through their doors, in anticipation of a future visit #IRL. You can enjoy special exhibitions, browse the permanent collections and even attend concerts. So make yourself a cup of your favourite drink, put your feet up and join us on this virtual tour de force of France’s most precious cultural treasures… and some of its lesser known jewels.”

Reuters: France rules Google must pay news firms for content

Reuters: France rules Google must pay news firms for content. “France’s competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content. The U.S. tech firm said it would comply with the French competition authority verdict, which followed a complaint by unions representing French press publishers.”