Coronavirus, pension reform, and more – Jean Castex shed some light on his government team

Coronavirus, pension reform, and more – Jean Castex shed some light on his government team

France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex, shed some new light on his government team, coronavirus, pensions and unemployment insurance reform in just his second interview since his appointment on 3 July. Two of Castex’s ministerial appointments were widely discussed during the Wednesday (8 July) interview: Gérald Darmanin as interior minister and Éric Dupond-Moretti as justice minister. The PM said his choice of the latter was a joint decision with President Emmanuel Macron. Dupond-Moretti’s appointment came as a great surprise and it now seems clear that it was Macron who had…

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Air France promises to stop domestic flights: Weak contribution to climate action

Air France promises to stop domestic flights: Weak contribution to climate action

Air France’s pledge to end some of its domestic flights in return for billions of euros in government aid is a weak contribution to climate action, as weak railway infrastructure stands in the way of a plane-to-train shift. Announced as a quid pro quo for the €7 billion granted by the French state, Air France’s commitment involves “reducing flights on routes for which there is a rail alternative in less than two and a half hours”, France’s now former Ecological Transition Minister Elisabeth Borne told France Inter on 24 April….

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