Move over, McDonald’s: French taco poised for global expansion

Pile-up of meats, fries and cheese sauce has become a fast-food phenomenon At lunchtime on a street near the Gare du Nord in Paris, queues were forming at a fast-food restaurant. Construction workers jostled with schoolchildren for what has become a business phenomenon: the hefty, cheesy slab of indulgence known as the French taco. France has always had a huge market for takeaways, from kebabs to McDonalds, and fast food accounts for more than half the nations restaurants. Now the homegrown French taco is challenging banlieue Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mind the gender pay gap: Berlin women to get public transport discount

Gender-specific Frauenticket will be 21% cheaper than usual and available on 18 March in stunt to flag German pay gap Women travelling on Berlins metro, buses or trams will pay 21% less than men next Monday in a stunt to boost the visibility of Germanys gaping gender pay gap. The citys public transport operator, BVG, said its Frauenticket will be available on 18 March only, to mark Equal Pay Day in Germany. Under the slogan Mind the pay gap, it said its cut-price ticket was intended to flag the 21% difference between men and womens average earnings, one of the biggest gender pay gaps in Europe. You have to speak out when people are treated differently for no reason, the …

Yellow Vest protesters fan flames of anti-Semitism in France

Paris (CNN)Recent weeks have seen black swastikas scrawled across portraits of Auschwitz survivor, Simone Veil; 96 tombs at a Jewish cemetery defaced in eastern France; and the words, “Dirty Zionist sh*t!”, hurled in anger at French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut by a man wearing a fluorescent yellow vest. “Gilets Jaunes, Colere Noir” is a popular slogan among the leaderless movement, meaning “Yellow Vests, Black Rage.” For almost four months it’s this rage that has poured out along the Champs Elysees, shattering shop windows, leaving police officers wounded and symbolically knocking the Marianne, a national figure who embodies the French Republic, off her perch. Vitriol previously expressed in anonymous tweets has materialized in large letters plastered across the Arc de Triomphe monument …

Some Russians fight back as Putin cracks down on freedoms

Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin is no slouch when it comes to geopolitics: This week, he signed a decree suspending implementation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and boasted that his security agencies had thwarted nearly 600 foreign intelligence operators last year. This latest move to curtail internet freedom in Russia builds on fairly sweeping laws that are already on the books. In 2016, a raft of anti-terrorism legislation known collectively as the Yarovaya Law introduced harsh penalties for endorsing extremism online. According to Human Rights Watch and other advocacy groups, dozens of Russians have been jailed for simply expressing their views on blogs and social media. And Putin this week signed into law a bill that restricts the digital …

Stabbed Manchester United fan recovering after surgery in Paris

The Manchester United fan stabbed on Wednesday night in Paris may be able to return home at the start of next week United knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League last 16. United have been in contact with his family and are monitoring the situation. A club spokesperson said: We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game. Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery. The supporter is being treated at the Hpital Europen Georges-Pompidou in Paris and the Foreign Office is in contact with the French authorities regarding the incident.

Only six countries have equal rights for men and women, World Bank finds

London (CNN)The world is moving towards legal gender equality — but it’s moving very, very slowly. Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden scored full marks of 100 in the bank’s “Women, Business and the Law 2019” report. Of those nations, France saw the biggest improvement over the past decade for implementing a domestic violence law, providing criminal penalties for workplace sexual harassment and introducing paid parental leave. But countries in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa averaged a score of 47.37, meaning the typical nation in those regions gives women under half the legal rights of men in the areas measured by the group. The study aimed to “develop a better understanding of how women’s employment and entrepreneurship are …

Spains Watergate: inside the corruption scandal that changed a nation

The long read: The Grtel case began with one Madrid mogul. Over the next decade, it grew into the biggest corruption investigation in Spains recent history, sweeping up hundreds of corrupt politicians and businessmen and shattering its political system. By Sam Edwards On a cold December day in 2007, Jos Luis Peas received a phone call from the man he had recently betrayed. Francisco Correa, a powerful business magnate, was ringing to ask whether they could meet the following evening. Peas, a town councillor in a Madrid suburb, had worked with Correa for two years: they had started a political party together, to compete in local elections on an anti-corruption ticket. Peas ran the campaign, Correa financed it. The pair …

Woman dies as food poisoning in Michelin-starred restaurant hits 29 diners

(CNN)A Michelin-starred restaurant in the Spanish city of Valencia is at the center of a food poisoning outbreak that has killed one woman and affected 28 further diners. Food inspectors visited the restaurant on February 18 but did not find any explanation for what could have contributed to the outbreak, reads the statement from the public health department. The inspectors took samples of food used in the tasting menu, which have been sent to Spain’s National Toxicology Institute for analysis. Bernd H. Knöller, Riff’s head chef and owner, released a statement expressing deep regret over the incident and saying that he is collaborating with authorities to determine what happened. “I have taken the decision to permanently close the restaurant until …

Top Catholic cardinal admits church destroyed documents on clergy sexual abuse

Rome (CNN)In a remarkable admission, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that documents that could have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed or never drawn up. Marx’s stunning admission came on the third day of a historic Vatican summit focused on combating clergy sexual abuse. The day’s theme was transparency, which Marx said could help to tackle abuse of power. A member of Pope Francis’ inner circle of advisers, Marx is one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church. The four-day summit of 190 Catholic leaders, including 114 bishops from around the world, will conclude Sunday with an address by Pope Francis. On Thursday, at the beginning of the unprecedented summit, Francis …

Chinese customers accuse Spanish bank BBVA of racism

(CNN)Spain’s second-largest bank has apologized after hundreds of Chinese customers accused the group of racism for freezing their bank accounts without warning. “For BBVA and for everyone that works at the bank, customers are at the heart of our activity, and we absolutely and unequivocally reject any form of unjustified discrimination.” A demonstration drew hundreds of Chinese citizens to a BBVA office in Madrid on Friday, some of whom carried signs reading “Racist BBVA” and “Stop banking racism,” according to AFP. “They closed my account a first time in August, and again two months later,” Ting Ting, a restaurant manager in Madrid, told the agency. She added that BBVA blocked her own accounts, as well as that of her business, …

Spanish government gives Franco family ultimatum in effort to exhume dictator’s remains

(CNN)Spain’s government has given the family of Francisco Franco 15 days to decide where the former dictator should be reburied, as they race to exhume and relocate his remains before the country’s snap election takes place in April. “The family has been granted a 15-day period to decide where it wants to bury the remains of the dictator,” Spain’s justice minister Dolores Delgado told reporters on Friday, adding that the government will choose a location if Franco’s family cannot agree to one. Its cabinet approved the exhumation last August, but Franco’s family have bitterly resisted the attempts and groups sympathetic to the leader have threatened to take legal action to prevent the process. Responding to the move, the Francisco Franco …

Spate of anti-Semitic vandalism hits Paris amid 74% rise in anti-Semitic acts

(CNN)The French interior minister has announced a 74% rise in anti-Semitic acts across the country over the past year amid a series of incidents in Paris in recent days, including the desecration of a memorial to a murdered Jewish man. The same day, Frédéric Potier of the Interministerial Delegation to Combat Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBT Hate (DILCRAH) tweeted a photo of anti-Semitic graffiti on a Paris garage. “When the hatred of Jews combines with the hatred of democracy, the language of the #fascistsphere appears on the walls!” Potier wrote. On Sunday, Gilles Abecassis, co-founder of French bagel chain Bagelstein, said one of the stores had been graffitied with the word “Juden.” The German word for “Jews” was sprayed in yellow …

As Trump seeks an exit from Afghanistan, Moscow steps in

Moscow (CNN)The Trump administration may be negotiating an exit from Afghanistan, but Russia is stepping up its game there. Then there was the guest list, topped by Hamid Karzai, who served as Afghanistan’s president from late 2001 until 2014 and still has enormous political stature. It was striking to see him sitting at the table in Moscow with representatives of the Taliban. Karzai, who was escorted into Afghanistan by a US special operations team during the campaign to topple the Taliban in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, had long reached out to what he called “Taliban brothers” in efforts to coax them toward peace negotiations. But he was also infuriated by a US-supported effort to create a Taliban office …

Strange And Interesting Facts About Life In Norway You Probably Didnt Know

You probably have heard a lot of things about a country in northern Europe, Norway, and its a little over 5million inhabitants, but learning something new never hurts! We here at Bored Panda gathered some interesting facts about Norway, that you probably didn’t know yet, well unless you’re from Norwegian yourself. And if you are, don’t forget to share some more interesting facts about your country in the comments. #2 The world’s most expensive gas is found in Norway. Norwegians pay $7.82 for a gallon of gas. In comparison, US citizens pay around $2.99. Norway has significant oil reserves but instead of subsidizing vehicle fuel, the country uses the money elsewhere. For example, to fund free college for its residents. …

Why Hungary’s state-sponsored schoolbooks have teachers worried

Budapest, Hungary (CNN)Flick through a Hungarian history book for high school students, and you’re left in no doubt about the government’s view on migrants. Education ‘straight from the state’ The shake-up comes amid weeks of street protests against Orban’s hardline policies, signaling cracks in his grip on the central eastern European nation. Since Orban’s populist Fidesz Party swept into power in 2010, and most recently won a landslide victory again in April last year, it has been at the helm of a “major educational reform,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told CNN when it visited Hungary late last year. Previously, local municipalities oversaw the country’s public schools. But in recent years the state has taken over responsibility — and that includes …

German post offices will convert customers’ mail into email

(CNN)In Germany, the postal service will now open mail and send it via email — if customers ask. A few private start-ups offer similar services for small business and individuals looking to digitally archive their mail. The Deutsche Post price point might be a way to bring customers back to the national service, which has struggled to stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. The Deutsche Post promotion price for e-scan services will cost 5 Euros (about US $5.74) per month, until July. The cheapest of the private services currently costs almost twice, according to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. But it has a catch: Only letters and postcards will be scanned. Vacationers hoping for a digitized copy of a glossy …