Keyword: Haute-Savoie

Swiss buy into new cross-border currency with France

By Fanny Hardy
Volunteers working on the new currency, Claudine Baudin and Paule Génillard from Geneva. © Fanny Hardy Volunteers working on the new currency, Claudine Baudin and Paule Génillard from Geneva. © Fanny Hardy

A new local currency that straddles the frontier between France and Switzerland has been set up by local volunteers. The 'Léman' was created a year ago to help forge stronger trade links between local businesses on either side of the border and is growing in popularity. Fanny Hardy reports on the first local currency to be shared by the two nations.

France's powerful workplace inspectors fear coming under influence of big business

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A much-trumpeted reform of professional training is being examined by French MPs this week as part of the government’s bid to tackle unemployment. But one largely overlooked proposal to change the operational structure of workplace inspectors – the officials who enforce health and safety at work – has provoked industrial action. These inspectors fear the reform will take away their independence and make their managers vulnerable to influence from unscrupulous companies and politicians. They cite the case of one young woman inspector who was put under pressure to go soft on one major firm and ended up taking prolonged sick leave suffering from stress. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.