This week in France – Stop right now

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The French data protection agency has ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with parent company Facebook or face sanctions.Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) said on Monday that WhatsApp does not have a legal basis to share user data under French law for “business intelligence” purposes.

National treasure
The French government has declared the original manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s notorious novel ‘120 Days of Sodom’ a national treasure, saving it from auction and forbidding its removal from France.

World record
French sailor Francois Gabart broke the record on Sunday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours.That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year.

Fatal collision
A school bus and a regional train collided in southern France last week, killing four children and critically injuring seven other people on the bus.The incident occurred on a railway crossing in the small village of Millas some 15 kilometres west of Perpignan, close to the border with Spain.

Super-expensive skeleton
An ancient skeleton of a woolly mammoth has sold for €548,000at auction in the French city of Lyon.The skeleton, which exceeded its estimated value, is thought to be the largest of its kind in private hands and is a rare example because 80 per cent of the skeleton is original bone.

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