Arsène Lux, former mayor of Verdun, being sued for saying, in scheduling a parents' meeting to discuss school hours, that parents who found it difficult to meet on Saturday because they were divorced "should have thought about that before divorcing."
"À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
"Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
--Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped
Etymology: from an early French comic strip, Les pieds nickelés. The explanation is varied: feet made of nickel could be too delicate or precious to work, or too shiny and clean.
Révélations sur les pieds nickelés du KGB. Les espions russes opérant en Grande-Bretagne à la fin des années 40 étaient "alcooliques" et "incompétents", révèlent des documents transmis aux autorités britanniques par un ancien archiviste du KGB.
Pro-Palestine demonstrators in Paris. New big demonstration planned for Saturday 26 July.
CGT union members of the Intermittents du spectacle, or show biz people (who benefit from a more favorable unemployment scheme than all other unemployed people), on strike against the festival Chalon dans la rue.
Intermittents du spectacle, maintaining their strike warning for all of August, but meanwhile, going on a long vacation ("pause estivale")
Corsican CGT union workers at the Schindler elevator factory, on strike since April 22. They want to be paid the same subsidy as their colleagues in Paris. The company says Paris is much more expensive than Corsica and that's why it pays the subsidy there. The workers say that living on an island should warrant a subsidy too.
CGT union workers of Air France, calling for a ground strike on Saturday 2 August, not coincidentally one of the biggest travel days of the year in France. Passengers must be made miserable!
Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda have decided to abolish their telephone frontiers. Starting in September, all calls will be made at the same price as a local call.