Members of France's leading farmer's unions, the FNSEA and Jeunes Agriculteurs (Young Farmers) union called on their members to occupy 14 oil refineries and fuel depots run by French multinational oil and gas company Total for three days. The occupation, which began on Sunday night, is taking place at oil refineries in Lyon, Gonfreville-l'Orcher, Le Havre, Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne), La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhone), as well as the oil depots at the port of Rhone Edouard Herriot, the port of the Rhine, Vatry (Marne), Lespinasse near Toulouse, Coignières (Yvelines) and Cournon in Puy-de-Dôme. Farmers also planned to prevent access to oil refineries at Dunkirk (North), Grigny (Essonne), Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine) and one in Donges (Loire-Atlantique). Farmers parked tractors in front of refinery gates while dumping piles of haystacks, dirt, manure and potatoes. At least 200 farmers also began to dump dirt on … [Read more...] about French farmers launch blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots
There were almost 250,000 burglaries in France in 2017, 2 percent up on the previous year although not quite as high as in 2013. There was also roughly the same number of failed break-ins, taking the total of attempted and completed burglaries to 470,000. That’s according to France Interior Ministry’s yearly crime index study, which The Local has had access to. The report also highlights that an unfortunate 30,000 properties were burgled more than once over the course of 2017. But not all departments across l’Héxagone are affected equally. First we look at those areas that have the highest burglary rates, which we calculated by comparing the total number of burglaries to the number of homes in the department. Where did most burglaries happen in France? And there was a rather surprising name at the top of the table. Haute-Garonne, in southwest France, was the department that experienced the highest number of burglaries per number of households in 2017: … [Read more...] about Where in France are you most (and least) likely to be burgled?
Eleven Madison Park is officially the best restaurant in the world. New York City’s temple to fine dining earned the title during the big reveal of the World’s 50 Best (“prom night for the restaurant industry”) in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday. We can see why. With Michelin-starred chef Daniel Humm at the helm, the French-influenced bistro serves exceptional Greenmarket cuisine that surprises and delights. Food blogger Julian Fang captured the experience of dining at Eleven Madison Park in spring 2011 for his website Jewelz. He opted for the 11-course tasting menu, which today runs three hours and costs $A400 per person. While the menu has changed both in format and in content, the decadence remains. We’ve shared a selection of Fang’s photos with permission. Daniel Humm's award-winning restaurant is located in Manhattan's Flatiron neighbourhood, on Madison Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets. Melia Robinson/Business Insider The Art … [Read more...] about What it’s like to eat a $400-per-person, 3-hour dinner at Eleven Madison Park, the best restaurant in the world
French Interior minister Gerard Collomb speaks to police officers in Marseille on May 24th. Photo: AFP Two more violent deaths occurred overnight in the southern French city of Marseille, known for its turf wars for control of the drug trade, officials said Saturday. A masked gunman armed with an assault rifle stormed into a sports club at around 1am on Saturday in the northern district of Estaque and shot dead a man in his thirties with a police record for dealing in drugs, Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux told AFP. A 28-year-old bus driver who was in the line of fire was also killed. He was playing cards in the building and had no police record. The deaths came 24 hours after Interior Minister Gerard Collomb visited the sprawling port city. A total of 18 cartridges were found in the building, Tarabeux said. A total of 11 people this year have been killed in Marseille in shootings related to criminal gangs. Last year, 14 people were killed in similar attacks in the … [Read more...] about Two killed in latest Marseille shooting
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2018--INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that it has officially opened the first phase of MRS2, Interxion’s second data centre in Marseille.Less than four years after acquiring its first data centre in Marseille, Interxion is continuing to expand its presence in the southern French city. Located at the Port of Marseille Fos, MRS2 will meet the growing demand from international connectivity and content providers, and cloud platforms wanting to use Marseille as a hub to deliver their services and applications to Europe and further afield to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.MRS2 is being built in three phases, which will offer customers 4,400 sqm of equipable space with over 7MW of available power. The new phase, which is now completed, consists of 700 sqm of equipable space, while the second will offer 1,900 sqm from the second quarter of 2019. … [Read more...] about Interxion Opens MRS2, Its Second Data Centre in Marseille