|The Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence|
|Nicolas Sarkozy, still running|
But then came a flurry of bad news for the right. First, the conservative magazine Le Point accused François Copé, leader of the center-right UMP party, of having used the 2012 campaign to steer without due bidding process at least €8 million to a PR company founded by two of his close friends
As the cacophony grew it laid bare once again the internal tiffs and poor communication of the Hollande government.
For nearly a week in March the level of fine-particle air pollution exceeded the established safety levels in Paris and a large number of French départements. A number of conditions (warm days-cold nights, many diesel-driven vehicles, no wind) came together to trap the polluted air and cause a health hazard for the very young and the old. In response, the government offered free public transportation in the affected areas and imposed reduced speed limits, but it took four days before the prime minister decided to apply the alternate-day driving rule for even and odd-numbered cars.
|Paris, 14 March 2014|
|An Ecotax "portique" in Bretagne|