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School supervisor, 50, fired for jacuzzi rap video

A 50-year-old school supervisor who was dismissed after she took part in a rap video clip about older women who date younger men. The woman is taking her employer, a Catholic school near Cannes, to court. 

School supervisor, 50, fired for jacuzzi rap video

In the video clip of rap artist Novia, 50-year-old Véronique Bonazzola flirts in bars, dances sensually with younger men and is dowsed in champagne while bathing in a jacuzzi. 

Bonazzola’s employer, a Catholic school in the town of Juan-les-Pins on the Riviera, did not take a liking to it’s employee’s out-of-school activities. She was fired because they deemed that the video “broke school rules and was incompatible with the nature of her work”. 

The rap song tells the story of a older woman who goes out with a younger man. Gradually, the woman becomes clingy and the rap artist explains the younger man struggles to get rid of her. 

The school supervisor says she acted in the clip to draw attention to the plight of older women with a good dose of humour, French daily Le Monde reports. According to her lawyer, Bonazzola also wanted to show that women over fifty can still date. 

Bonazzola has lodged a complaint with the local labour court which will hold hearings about her case in a couple of weeks

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Schools to close as French teachers strike over Covid rules

Around three-quarters of French teachers plan to go on strike onThursday to protest the government's shifting rules on Covid testing for students, forcing the closure of half the country's primary schools, a union said Tuesday.

Schools to close as French teachers strike over Covid rules
Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

The strike led by the Snuipp-FSU union, the largest among primary school teachers, comes after the latest of several changes on testing and isolation requirements for potential Covid cases announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex late Monday.

After seeing long lines of parents outside pharmacies and labs in recent days to test children in classes where a case was detected, Castex said home tests could now be used to determine if a student could return to school.

But teachers say class disruptions have become unmanageable with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.

“Students cannot learn properly because attendance varies wildly, and a hybrid of in-house and distance learning is impossible to put in place,” the Snuipp-FSU said, adding that absent teachers are not being replaced.

It is also demanding the government provide facemasks for staff, including the more protective FFP2 masks, and CO2 monitors to check if classrooms are sufficiently ventilated.

“Not only does the current protocol not protect students, staff or their families, it has completely disorganised schools,” the union said, claiming that classes have effectively been turned into “daycare centres.”

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said the government is doing everything possible to avoid outright school closures that could cause havoc for parents and jeopardise learning for thousands, especially those in low-income families.

“I know there is a lot of fatigue, of anxiety… but you don’t go on strike against a virus,” Blanquer told BFM television on Tuesday.

As of Monday some 10,000 classes had been shut nationwide because of Covid cases, representing around two percent of all primary school classes, Blanquer said.

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