Keyword: Rouen

Concern at lack of transparency over Lubrizol chemical plant blaze in France

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The fire at the Lubrizol chemical plant at Rouen, northern France, September 26th 2019. © Reuters The fire at the Lubrizol chemical plant at Rouen, northern France, September 26th 2019. © Reuters

The Lubrizol chemical factory at Rouen in northern France that caught fire on September 26th stores and produces products that are “very dangerous for the environment”, “irritants” and “noxious”, according to reports by the inspectorate in charge of overseeing potentially hazardous sites. In 2016 the inspectorate warned about the risk of the “creation of toxic substances” in the event of a fire. Jade Lindgaard examines the background to the chemical plant where local residents are alarmed about the risk of dangerous pollution.

Chemical plant fire in France sparks regional agricultural ban

Around 100 districts in area surrounding Rouen in northern France are expected to have been affected by fallout from last week's blaze.

Officials play down health risk after French chemical plant fire

A strong smell of hydrocarbons hung over Rouen in northern France and pollution also spilled into the Seine river.

Town v country: rural French schools feel sacrificed in favour of urban areas

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A classroom in a primary school in Marseille. © Reuters A classroom in a primary school in Marseille. © Reuters

The education authorities have just made their annual announcement about which primary school classes are being closed and which are being opened in the next academic year. Teaching unions and elected representatives in rural areas fear village schools are getting fewer teaching posts so that the government can implement its flagship policy of halving class sizes in education priority zones - which are overwhelmingly in deprived urban areas. Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer rejects the claims. Mediapart's education correspondent Faïza Zerouala reports.

At least 13 dead in birthday party disaster at bar in France

Fire in Rouen, in which victims were apparently overcome by toxic gases, is thought to have been caused by candles on a birthday cake.