News in brief for the British in France in January 2021

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Unknown heroes to honor

A street in France will soon bear the name of a Moroccan officer who contributed to the liberation of Nazi-occupied Corsica in 1943.

Hammou Moussik was one of 24 names listed as worthy of being honored with a street name or a statue as France, following a promise from President Macron, is moving towards greater diversification of its monuments.

Covid cancels early carnivals

The 2021 Nice Carnival and the Menton Lemon Festival have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic in a double whammy for the Riviera tourism industry. The carnival was scheduled for February 13-27, but Mayor Christian Estrosi said it was impossible to organize “under current conditions”.

The displays of the Menton Lemon Festival in the usual years

Companies guilty of illegal practices

Five companies have been convicted of overly aggressive practices, mainly involving home renovations, following hundreds of complaints.

Envir, Strike Management, Gandonnière Réseau, Groupe Fournier and Invest Immo were found guilty in Le Mans of a series of illegal practices after an investigation by business and fraud inspectors. They face fines and work bans, but plan to appeal.

New highway plans considered

A new motorway is planned between Poitiers and Limoges because, according to the Minister of Transport, it is a breach in the network.

A motorway was not included in the government’s plans as part of the 2018 Infrastructure Orientation Council, but Jean-Baptiste Djebbari asked the regional prefect to continue the feasibility studies of a new toll motorway.

Currently, Limoges and Poitiers are only connected by the busy national road RN147.

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