Jul 20 2014

Holiday workbooks are converted to digital

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 Réviser1

and have fun during the summer seems possible with applications2 notebooks holiday. A solution that always attracted more parents to judge by the number of downloads for some estimated up to 2 million. The advantage? The Child3 becomes autonomous. Parents not just see a tab where they can check the average and the development of the child. "It is even a tool with which we can share good times with family," says Jérôme Serre, of EduPad leader, creative startup of iTooch Papers vacances4 application. A

"more exciting" tool

The application iTooch Cahiers holiday

A fun and interactive side that goes up to develop a scenario: "The game Video5 side of an application is much more challenging than a traditional notebook," confirms Bruno Le Guern, founder of the Application Class Pass. For his first day on Class Pass, the child begins his adventure on a boat. The objective is to reach a deserted island after spending the first session of questions and consulted pages progress. In all, nearly 10 hours of adventure and quizzes. The desire to unlock points or stars is then stronger than scratching on paper. But no

either side "time" panic, the child will not become addicted because the majority of applications shall adjust work sessions from 5 minutes one hour. "The vacances6 are primarily made to rest, a holiday notebook should not become a constraint," insists Caroline Maitrot, Nomad Education. Applications

prices remain below the paper book that ranges from 3 to 15 euros. For Notebook iTooch holiday application it takes more than 3 euros, and more than 4 euros for Passport and iCahiers holiday Nomad Education. Question reliability, the opinions of parents iTunes7 are divided: some are considered too short by users as Passport Hachette8 Education, lack of pedagogy Learning with Waki, etc.

. Application "complement" paper notebook

One reason not to throw paper notebook! "The application must be considered as a supplement, especially in the context of écriture9" says Caroline Maitrot. But Isabelle Racoffier National President of AGEEM (General Association of Teachers Schools and Kindergarten classes public), the smaller éducation10 mostly through elements of everyday life: "On vacation, I would invite families make sandcastles, explore a museum or zoo. They provide opportunities to review the concepts of math, science, etc.. " Draw, play and visit are all activities that, regardless of age, to enrich and grow.

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Jul 14 2014

Why French amusement parks are popular abroad

Tag: business, economics, finance, top news, worldadmin @ 2:04 pm

 

There is not that the giant and powerful Disneyland1 park which is exported worldwide. Although the American ranks first among the most visited parks in France with 14.9 million visitors per year, a small French attractions, Puy du FOU2 steals the second place, indicating a significant growth of the entertainment industry to the French. It must be said that in terms of attractions, the "French Touch" was popular. Nicolas de Villiers, President and Director of Puy du Fou contacted by Le Figaro, "foreign appeal to French because they pick a lifestyle and expertise. The thickness of our history gives a refined look to France. And the French have the ability to understand civilizations and integrate. This is what pleases abroad. "His park attractions Vendée is indeed envious internationally. So that Nicolas de Villiers and his team have created three years ago subsidiary "Puy du Fou International" for marketing outside of France, the expertise of the park shows. The Puy du Fou

looks to China

The English and Dutch have already tempted by the model "Puy du Fou3." And it is the turn of Russia and China to follow the trend. "Many Chinese come to the Puy du Fou Park for becoming more essential for their trip to France. It is therefore quite natural to turn to this country. 'If you do not come to the Puy du Fou Puy du Fou will come to you', to quote the quote Knight Lagardère, "says Nicolas de Villiers.

The export model in China, with whom the Puy du Fou has four contracts, will be different from other countries. "In normal times, we used to adapt our concept to the history of the country in which it is implanted. But for China, it is not impossible that the park revolves around the history of France is of great interest to the Chinese, and it would be a little bit of France there. "The leader welcomes the ongoing negotiations which could lead to an overall investment including "between 500 and 600 million euros for an entire fleet, as we are going up in Russia near Moscow, for example," but refuses to advance a specific date. "It is difficult to give a date for a park in China because the negotiations are always a little longer but by 2019, there may be a park there because, from the moment we take our sheet White to set up the project and open to the public during the day, it takes 2 and a half years, three years cash till payday advance. " The Park

Astérix4 also look to Asia. Our Gallic holdouts should settle in China in Yunnan Province, southwest of the country. The owner of the brand, Compagnie des Alpes is in discussion. The success in France Gallic and their adventures in comics, Parc Astérix 5se ranks third in French parks with 1,620,000 visitors in 2013. But internationally, it is long gone unnoticed. It is only recently, with the English variation of film with Gerard Depardieu and Laetitia Casta, the characters of Goscinny were able to export. The technology

Futuroscope draws India

After the shows Puy du Fou and rides Asterix, it is the turn of the technology Futuroscope 6d'intéresser foreigners. This is the Indian society Appu Ghar, the father of entertainment in India which reflects an installation attractions Jaipour7 industry. This clone Poitiers Futuroscope propose the same events and entertainment. For Denis Brunnelière in charge of Futuroscope the General Council of Vienne, owner of the park department, foreign investors are seeking a particular different model, amusement parks "classic". "Our specialty at the Futuroscope in Poitiers is to combine a leisure park and a science. Foreigners are interested in the overall concept and not just part of the theme park., "He says Le Figaro. Although Denis Brunnelière does not wish formally confirm the project, he acknowledges that "if all goes well, the park should be released in 2018. But all this remains hypothetical." "The investment for the Futuroscope of Poitiers itself amounted to 200 million euros. Given the work necessary adaptation to the local market to do in India, investment will exceed 200 million euros. "  

With nearly 200 parks on French territory, 10% of the European market, the refinement of the "French touch" does not continues to inspire. And the last one, the theme park Le Petit Prince8 recently opened its doors in Mulhouse, could attract those who want to perpetuate the legend of Saint-Exupéry.


Jul 04 2014

The shock report on low-cost Inconvenient Air France

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 The report

Monday handed the CEO of Air France 1 on what to implement to fight against low-cost airlines will he kindly stored at the bottom of a closet I need regular. Ordered by Frédéric Gagey2, the CEO of the company tricolor to imagine a sustainable future for the activity "point to point" – that is to say without match, so – short and medium letter of Air France group flights and reduce losses (200 million euros in 2013), this report contains the recommendations of an expert group. If the CEO of Air France is expected that the strategy currently being conducted, ie reducing the number of devices and stops where the losses are important and maintaining three brands is reinforced, this is not the case.

Shares of Air France erode market

The rapporteur this job is none other than Lionel Guérin, the current boss Hop! 3, the company that brings Airlinair Britair and Regional, three regional entities of the Air France4 who steal appliances from 48 to 100 seats. The expert group has tried to cope and rationalize, at least on paper, a business operated by three different companies within the Air France group: Transavia5, the low-cost intended for leisure flights, Hop, that regional conducts domestic flights to major European cities (Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona, ​​Stuttgart …) and finally Air France whose market share erode. In some figures, these three companies together account 2 billion euros of turnover and employ 10,000 employees in this activity.

The facts are simple. Short and medium-haul to the hub at Roissy fueling long-haul flights Air France flights lose € 400 million per year but management tolerates some of these losses as it flows through the long-haul profitable. "We can accept losing to Air France 150 million euros per year to fill its planes at Roissy. These are costs that could virtually integrate long-haul, "says an analyst.

Beautiful margins low-cost

But no question of widening losses activity "point to point" that competitors such as EasyJet, Vueling or Volotea have captured while achieving beautiful margins. On flights between France and Europe, Air France lost 5 points of market share between 2010 and 2014. And the French domestic market, low-cost airlines increased from 15 to 27% market share between 2010 and 2014

. To stem losses the report proposes to set up in the autumn a new common organization Hop! and Air France for business functions such as optimization of sales by trade policy (revenue management), pricing … Each company would retain the operational management of its staff.

The report distinguishes between two market segments where business customers are involved and "VFR" visiting friends and relative, that is to say travelers who visit their friends and their families: a segment is predominantly leisure, whose customers are looking for low prices. Customers of the other, dominant business, favor the regularity and frequency while maintaining their wallet.  Contain

Air France flights to match

Transavia meets unsurprisingly expectations first and should continue to grow from Orly, its current base, with ten additional Boeing 737 for its flights leisure. However, to meet the needs of the second category two opposing scenarios: either Hop, regional, fully recovered activity previously carried out by Air France at Orly especially with its mini price!. Air France is building on its reputation in housing activity in a "brand connected" to its name

. Clearly, the report's authors propose confine the short and medium-haul Air France connecting flights to Roissy and let companies "agile" take care of "point to point". On the social level, this scenario would obviously have serious repercussions. "The situation may be very tense in the coming months," says an official of the group aware that the courageous decisions remain to be taken. Frédéric

GAGEY has in hand a "hot potato" that he should say at half results on July 25 that it intends to do.


Apr 09 2014

PSA Rennes website showcases the Factory of the Future

Tag: economic, economy, life, special, worldadmin @ 7:32 am

 

Employees of PSA Peugeot Citroën1 Rennes plant are worried about their future. An extraordinary meeting of the committee of establishment provided Thursday, April 10 should "reorganize production in a single team, which means the removal of a half team," says Loïc Pottier, the CFTC2. Rennes is inspired Poissy and Mulhouse, where a team has lost in recent months. This removal can be done in the framework of the new social contract approved last year by the unions.

"We expected this announcement for 2015 rather than now," says Loïc Pottier. Trade unions signed agreement CFE-CGC, CFTC, and SIA-requested management constructor "make every effort to repatriate to Rennes new activities in workshops and research and development."

On this point, the Ministry of Productive Recovery should answer this. Rennes has indeed been chosen to host one of the pilots' factory of the future "plan. It is one of 34 industrial plans presented by the President of the Republic and the Minister of Productive Recovery in September. Its management was entrusted to Frédéric Sanchez, president of the manufacturer of machine tools Fives, and Bernard Charles, President of Dassault Systèmes.

The details of this plan have been disclosed last Thursday at the Salon of the industry, but at the last moment Arnaud Montebourg3 canceled his coming, held in Bercy by the ceremony of transfer of authority. On behalf of the Minister, Christophe Lerouge, Commissioner productive recovery of Burgundy, said Thursday that "this plan has two objectives: to work on the French offer of new production technology, such as 3D4 printing or robots to be able to export; and secondly, to ensure that these technologies are spreading in France in order to gain competitiveness. " A first steering committee for this plan met mid-March to validate four projects identified twenty one. Wizards robots

One of these four projects thus relates the PSA Rennes site. It should allow to conduct a pilot line for manufacturing prototype parts in composite structure for automobiles. Much lighter than steel, composites will help lighten cars and thus reduce emissions by improving consumption. This line will use technology developed by Fives specialist composite technology. This demonstrator will be housed in Excelcar a company's R & D set up by PSA and supported by the local Breton as part of the re-industrialization of the site. Actors

industrial-builders but also equipment-believe may contract with Excelcar to implement in their factories, their own tool production. Rennes line should be operational late 2015. The total investment will be between 10 and 20 million euros, and will cover 30 to 40 jobs. "The potential is, however, hundreds of jobs if manufacturers decide to implement other production lines in their factories for their vehicles," said an industry expert.

These projects should enable "the transformation of existing plants to create windows of the French technology that can be visited by foreign delegations, for example "explains Frédéric Sanchez Figaro. Unlike the German model, where the robots are already widely distributed in plants because labor is rather scarce, the French model leaves room to the man he is meant to be seen rather as replaced by a robot.


Mar 30 2014

How to choose a marriage contract

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You're getting married? You are reluctant to talk about money? Surely you can not imagine a future be divorced. However, almost one in two marriages ends in a DIVORCE1. "Brides and grooms often evade these money issues that put uncomfortable," says Nathalie Couzigou-Suhas, notary in Paris. To avoid problems in case of separation, establish a prenuptial agreement that will govern your life together and decide the fate of property. Depending on your situation, some plans are more appropriate than others.

The community property acquired after marriage

This procedure, called legal, applies automatically if you do not plan no contract mariage2. "All property acquired during the marriage, all debts fall into a common basket," says Patricia Viollaz, notary in La Roche-sur-Foron (74). In case of divorce, everything is shared equally. Only assets leased or inherited remain personal. Attention fruit donated property inherited or fall into the common basket. Xavier made the sad experience. "I would rent a property that I inherited and I put aside, he says, when I got divorced, I thought I could use the money to buy a property but I fell high when I knew I had half my ex-wife. "the statutory scheme is not a panacea. "If there is no large inheritance in anticipation, two employees may be satisfied, but if one is self-employed or a business owner, better regime of separation of property," advises Patricia Viollaz. Know that every marriage contract requires the intervention of a notary. The separation of property

In the regime of separation, each spouse retains ownership of its property, whether acquired before or after marriage or received by donation or succession3. Debts are also personal. Except in the case of those related to household maintenance and education of children. Warning: if you are surety credit, which is common in real estate, you can not avail yourself of the regime of separation of property. You will be liable for the debts of your spouse. Rigid, the regime of separation can be arranged. Some goods may, for example, be pooled to support a spouse who has little income. "We can then decide who is the owner and in what proportions," says Nathalie Couzigou-Suhas. The participation of acquisitions

"It's a mix between the legal system and the system of separation," says Nathalie Couzigou-Suhas. It is used for example when one of the spouses, often the woman waives work to raise children. With this waiver, it allows the other to enrich themselves. How does this plan? Before marriage, a property inventory of each is achieved. During the marriage, each spouse retains ownership of the property it acquires. But in case of divorce, "we take stock of the assets acquired by each and if one is more enriched, it must compensate the other," says Patricia Viollaz.

The regime of universal community

In this system, all property acquired before (even by gift or inheritance) or during the marriage become common. In case of separation, each gets half the heritage and in case of death, it all comes down to the survivor. "The scheme was recommended for couples who do not have children and do not want to pay inheritance tax. Today, with reliefs of the law Tepa, it has less interest, "says Patricia Viollaz. But it occurs in the case of couples recomposed. A handle with care, however, when there are children, they can not be disinherited. Tip: whatever the marriage contract, make sure it follows well the evolution of your relationship and change it if necessary. And

for PACS couples? You prefer pacser

4? Under these conditions you are automatically subject to the regime of separation of property. As spouses who choose this plan, each retains ownership of the goods he buys for the PACS or has received by gift or inheritance. If you do not want to be under this scheme, you can opt for the regime of ownership. In this case, all property acquired after the conclusion of the PACS, by one or other of the PACS are deemed to belong equally to both partners, even if one has helped finance more than the other.


Mar 28 2014

Blackberry has lost nearly $ 6 billion in 2013

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BlackBerry has reported a net loss of $ 423 million in the last quarter of fiscal year 2014, a total loss of 12 months significantly inground 5.9 billion, with sales still falling libre.La loss Quarterly compares with a profit of $ 93 million for the last three months of fiscal 2013 (December 2012 – February 2013) need a personal loan with bad credit. For all of fiscal year 2013, the smartphone manufacturer had suffered a loss of 646 million dollars.LIRE ALSO: "BlackBerry still believes in strong smartphones clavier1


Mar 21 2014

Blablacar every new employee is accompanied by a sponsor

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"We are looking for motivated employees who believe in our project," says Frederic Mazzella, founder Blablacar1, the European leader covoiturage2, which is growing at 100% per year for four years. Fourth ranking of companies with fewer than 500 employees, the young company, which won the Special Prize Fun and Performance, offers 95% carpool ads in France. It has 6 million members in twelve countries. Employing 110 people, the start-up about recruiting a new employee every week. "The important thing is to find men and women who are able to start to perform five or six tasks at once. People must be genuine Swiss Army knives, "says Frederic Mazzella.

The diploma is not enough to find these enthusiasts. "People who have a history of athlete are tailored to the needs of the business. Those who have practiced music also. They show both endurance and creativity, "says Frederic Mazzella.

Extra-professional outings

Each newcomer is accompanied by a mentor who helps him discover the society. Every Friday, a breakfast meet employees. The company features the work and strives to acknowledge the effort while creating a friendly atmosphere. Technical Director takes pictures of his team in the server room to testify that she was in charge of maintenance at night No teletrack payday loans.

Young SMEs3 organizes monthly festive events. Employees go together at a restaurant or bowling. They participate in evenings Mexican, Russian, casino or wine and cheese. "It is important that everyone can share outside of work in a friendly atmosphere," said Frederic Mazzella. A foosball table and a console containing 1000 games are available to those wishing to relax. A weekend ski three days in late March will bring all employees. Building on the kindness Blablacar festival each month anniversaries of its employees and finance a tree for every anniversary.

All these initiatives have a goal: to make the workplace is also a place of fulfillment and motivation in a pleasant atmosphere.

To allow everyone to better understand the rapidly changing business, every Wednesday the head of a department presents the work of his team and its objectives. Employees who wish can also spend a week in one of the European offices in Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan or Rome. A practical way to better understand the problems facing European subsidiaries.

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Mar 10 2014

Auchan prepares his attack against France in

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 France

The last year has been the weak link Auchan1 group. The northerner distributor there had a "difficult year business plan," as Vincent Mignot, CEO of Auchan France says.

In France representing 41.8% of sales, sales decreased by 1.1% (excluding taxes) to 20 billion euros (- 3% VAT). The decrease is especially marked in its hypermarkets (- 2.5%), which represent the heart of its network, including sealed non-food. Net income also fell. If Auchan did not release precise figures, it acknowledged that its profitability had not been "fully satisfactory", although the decrease is a "sustainable and manageable level." Finally, the distributor has lost ground to its competitors (- 0.4 points to 10.5% market share, according to Nielsen). "We also lost our first place in promotions this year is a number one priority to become leader," said Vincent Mignot. But if the visit frequency and average basket of clients decreased their number remained stable. Auchan

fifth distributor in France, made the cost of intensifying price war. Carrefour2, who made a comeback to face Leclerc, has invested heavily in price reductions and the renovation of its stores in addition to its comparative advertising campaign there one year, the "low price guarantee Carrefour" 500 Products signed the offensive.

Nutella and Coca-Cola

Auchan has also suffered from the rise of "drive", where he released his efforts after pioneer. Finally, it has been the success of the stores, a segment which it is almost absent. The Emergency

2014 is the "reconquest" in order to achieve its goal of becoming the preferred brand of French 2020. "We will resume the offensive on trade," promised Vincent Mignot. If Auchan plans to invest 230 million euros in its stores, priority will be given to the "aggressiveness" on prices. What catch up on its competitors who competed promotions and low prices, including major brands, to cause deflation rays.

"The fight on national brands is never done," says Vincent Mignot, citing Nutella and Coca-Cola. One third of the stores will offer renovated and Auchan will accelerator by June on scales less than one euro (fruits and vegetables, meat …). It also systematize the "comparative carts" at the entrance to its stores. Finally, the distributor – which refines a new offensive on the front of promotions – multiply the lowest prices on its seasonal products (toys, chocolates …) and in the food industry. "It is now the cheapest on the daily races, insists the CEO of Auchan France. It has not said enough last year. "Distributor should strike a blow in the spring pub.

In the end, the group is growing through international with a total turnover (excluding taxes) of € 48.1 billion , an increase of 2.4%.


Mar 06 2014

USB is a European country for more than one in 10 Americans

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In the jungle of acronyms created in recent years in the technology sector, even the Americans are lost! In fact, 11% of them believe that HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), a term for a web language, is a sexually transmitted disease, according to a recent survey by the California vouchercloud1 site and unveiled by the Los Angeles Times 2.

Even more surprising, 12% of 2,392 adults surveyed by the specialist coupons think that USB is a European country! It is, however, a widespread means of connecting computer peripherals to a computer. And a very large majority, 77% of respondents had no idea what the term SEO (Search Engine Optimization) means. The acronym refers to a set of techniques to provide maximum information about the content of a web page to promote his SEO.  

In addition, nearly a quarter of Americans confuse with MP3 robot saga "Star Wars", nothing to do since it is an audio format yet as widely used overseas! A strong technological culture

deemed essential

In addition, nearly 20% of respondents think that "blu-ray" means a marine animal – a blue stripe can be – not a disc format used to store high definition videos. Gigabyte is meanwhile an insect that lives in South America for nearly one in three Americans, instead of a unit of computer storage tools. And nearly one in two respondents (42%) believes that motherboard means the deck of a cruise ship.  

And although most of the respondents did not no fault of the questions, they are a large majority – 61% – think that it is essential to have a strong culture in the field of technology. Respondents, however, not aware that the questionnaire was designed precisely to measure their level of computer knowledge! Another source of confusion, questions offered a choice between three possible answers

. Although the survey results seem surprising to say the least, there is no guarantee than we would have done better than French country home of Silicon Valley

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Feb 01 2014

The French in favor of reforms impact on unemployment insurance

Tag: economic, economy, finance, money, worldadmin @ 4:04 pm

 

The French seem ready to shock therapy on the issue of unemployment. According to a survey * BVA for i> Télé and Le Parisien published Saturday, 82% of respondents are in favor that we give the opportunity for employees who wish to contribute less in exchange for a future cap their unemployment compensation, if one day they were brought to experience a period of unemployment. They are 64% to be "favorable" to an automatic radiation unemployed who refuse more than two "reasonable" job offers, and 61% want to "exclude the specific system of intermittent technicians show, which could be submitted to common law. " At the question: "Do you agree to increase from 4 to 8 months duration of work required to be compensated," half of the respondents said yes. And 59% advocated the establishment of a degression of allowances from one year. A device that had been arrested in 2001.

All these "ideas" come from the CGPME (the General Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises). Proposals – published last Monday 1 – have been welcomed as a "provocation" by the other unions. At the CGT leader Eric Aubin assured that "would not accept." The number two of the CFDT, Véronique Descaq, has also warned that it was "in no case going back on the rights negotiated in previous agreements," citing "a dramatic employment situation." These tracks were also considered "sensational" by the negotiator of the CFE-CGC, Marie-Françoise Leflon saving account pay day loan. "Let's be serious, they are propositions that can not hear," she has said. Even MEDEF kicked in KEY2 "CGPME feeds reflections," said the leader of the employers' delegation Jean-François Pilliard, making it clear that the MEDEF was, to date, not on this line.

No major reform to wait

All these unions have been meeting for a fortnight to reform the nebulous system of unemployment insurance. They were given until March 13 to agree on a new contract. But if the French seem willing to tighten their belts and accept a harder system sensitive subjects were directly scanned 3: no question of touching the regime of the entertainment, or lower unemployment compensation and duration. Including the president himself: "This is not a time of high unemployment should be reduced the rights of the unemployed," ruled François Hollande mid-January.  

High unemployment? Sure. There are today in France 5.5 million jobseekers all categories included, 2.2 million are compensated. The reversal of the trend in unemployment as promised did not lieu4, and nothing indicates that approach. Meanwhile, the hole in the coffers of the UI is widening alarmingly: debt regime reached € 22.1 billion and will continue to deteriorate in 20145. If nothing changes, the deficit will approach $ 40 billion in 2017.

* This survey was conducted among 994 people recruited by telephone and interviewed by internet 30 and January 31.


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