Auchan supermarkets to open allotments
French supermarket giant Auchan intends to launch a huge project that will see giant allotments or urban farms as they are called, built around 50 of its stores around the country.
And it won't just be small patch of the car park that will be turned into a vegetable patch, but several acres of land.
The first one should be ready by 2020.
The supermarket giant already owns farmland around its stores but wants to make better use of the land by growing seasonal vegetables that can then be sold in stores.
Although if you live in the Paris region don't expect your local store to be part of the scheme. The land is just too expensive, Auchan says.
Hyperloop capsule heads to Toulouse
Can you imagine travelling from Paris to Rome in just one hour?
Nope, nor can we, but it's the idea behind Hyperloop Transportation Technologies which unveiled its first prototype of a passenger capsule named “Quintero One” that's headed for testing in Toulouse.
The hyperloop system would, if it ever gets off the ground, see passenger capsules as seen in the image below travel at lightning speeds – around 1,000 km/h – in vacuum tubes levitated by electro-magnets.
The capsule measures 32 metres long including the interior cabin which measures 15 metres. It weighs 5 tonnes.
Next year testing will take place at the Francazal airbase near Toulouse with a 1km tube set to be erected, 5.8 metres off the ground.
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Dordogne residents warned of calendar thieves
Police in the Dordogne have warned residents to be wary when people come to their door trying to sell calendars.
It's quite common for people to come knocking on your door in France towards the end of the year trying to get you to buy a calendar. The pompiers and rubbish collectors do it routinely.
But there are a few sellers you might need to be wary of. The gendarmes in the Dordogne are warning residents after two homes were burgled in the villages of Excideuil and Bassillac this week.
In each case two “sellers” robbed cash from their victims, with one creating a diversion while the other rummaged around the house.
Residents are advised to ask for a identity card or a professional card or call the police on 17 if they are in doubt.
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