Schools in the neighbouring French communities have lost little time in taking advantage of a government ruling that allows them to revert to a four-day school week.
Many school districts, parents and teachers strongly opposed the introduction of a four and half-day school week by the French Ministry of Education, causing families to lose out on the weekly “free” Wednesday. Now that opting-out of the four and a half-day has become possible, most schools in the area have chosen to do so.
So far, 84 percent of the schools in the Nice district will go back to the popular four-day week, starting in September. In other parts of the country, particularly in Poitiers, Toulouse and Nantes, fewer than 15 percent of schools will return to the old rhythm.
The row over the change of operator at Monaco’s heliport has been reignited by the filing of a lawsuit against the Monegasque state…
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[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type="show" ihc_mb_who="reg" ihc_mb_template="" ]Heli Air Monaco, the company that operated the concession for 40 years until the end of 2015, is claiming damages of 43 million euros. The firm - which depended on the Monaco-Nice shuttle for most of its revenue - was replaced as operator by Monacair, amid claims that the incumbent was operating a service that was not fitting with the upmarket image of the Principality.
Adding interest to the affair is the fact that Andrea Casiraghi, eldest son of Princess Caroline and a nephew of Prince Albert, is a major shareholder in Monacair. The company runs a service to and from Nice Airport every 15 minutes during the day.[/ihc-hide-content]