This week in France – Baby panda

This week in France - Baby panda

FRANCE’S first baby panda finally has a name four months after his birth: Chinese dignitaries and French first lady Brigitte Macron chose Yuan Meng for the cub born at Beauval zoo, south of Paris, which fittingly means “the realisation of a wish” or “accomplishment of a dream.”

FOUR MEN and one woman were charged in France over a brutal attack on a Jewish family in a Paris suburb. One man of 50, reportedly already known to police, three younger men and a 19-year-old woman allegedly took part in the September 8 assault in Livry-Gargan, northeast of Paris.

FRANCE will host next summer’s World Rugby U20 Championship. The tournament will be played in Beziers (Stade de la Mediterranee), Perpignan (Stade Aime Giral) and Narbonne (Stade d’Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l’Amitie) over a 19-day period between the end of May and middle of June.

TRAFFIC returned to normal at Paris’s Montparnasse station this week after a computer glitch stopped all trains leaving and arriving last Sunday. Transport Minister Elisabeth Morne described the breakdown as “unacceptable” and summoned rail network boss Patrick Bontet to give him a dressing-down.

FRANCE has offered to lend Britain its amphibious landing craft if the UK scraps the Royal Navy’s own ships as part of sweeping defence cuts.Britain is considering axing HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark – assault vessels which allow the UK to attack enemy-held beaches – under cost-cutting plans.

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