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Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help

A 16-year-old Parisian pupil ignored Wikipedia and Google and decided instead to call the personal mobile phone of France's prime minister Manuel Valls in an attempt to get some inside help for a school presentation on politics.

Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help
Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks on the telephone. Photo: AFP
Who says the youth of today aren't resourceful?
 
One 16-year-old French school pupil showed unusual determination to get straight to the source for a school project about politics that his girlfriend was writing.
 
The boy managed to get hold of Prime Minister Manuel Valls's personal phone number a year ago from his friend's mother, who works as an MP, reported the Le Figaro newspaper
 
He even exchanged a few short texts with Valls at the time. 
 
Last week, when he realized he could do with a hand with the presentation, he decided not to trawl the internet as most pupils would have done, but to pick up his phone and give Valls a call.
 
“I said to myself: I'm going to call him and see what he has to say,” the young boy told the paper.
 
“If he doesn't respond then it's no big deal, I'll only have wasted five minutes of my life.”
 
Valls was quick to respond, the paper reported, but seemingly too busy running the country to be of any use on the project.
 
“I'm sorry but I can't help. If I did, I wouldn't be able to do my job,” Valls wrote. “But drop me a text message, since you have my number, and I'll see what I can do.”
 
The PM didn't get back to the boy again, however, and his girlfriend was left without the PM's inside word.
 
French prime ministers don't always leave students empty handed, however.
 
In early 2014, former PM Jean-Marc Ayrault responded to a student's plea for help on Twitter, sending him information about the Matignon Agreements – a set of agreements between trade unions and the French state in 1936 – and wishing him luck with his studies.

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France to build new floating terminal to ensure gas supplies this winter

The French government aims to have its natural gas storage reserves at full capacity by autumn, with European countries bracing for supply cuts from major supplier Russia as the Ukraine war continues, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Thursday

France to build new floating terminal to ensure gas supplies this winter

“We are ensuring the complete filling of our storage capacities, aiming to be close to 100 percent by early autumn,” and France will also build a new floating methane terminal to receive more energy supplies by ship, Borne said.

France is much less dependant on Russian gas than its neighbours, and announced earlier this week that it has not received any Russian gas by pipeline since June 15th.

Meanwhile Germany moved closer to rationing natural gas on Thursday as it raised the alert level under an emergency plan after Russia slashed supplies to the country.

“Gas is now a scarce commodity in Germany,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters at a press conference.

French PM Borne on Thursday also confirmed that the bouclier tarifaire (price shield) will remain in pace until the end of 2022 – this freezes the price of household gas and limits rises in electricity bills for homes to four percent.

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