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Lidl cars, Lyon light show, national service: French news in brief

National service develops ‘republican values’, Lyon light show will go ahead and surprising success of Lidl merchandise

Branded Mini is Lidl’s latest merchandise; Celestins theatre, Lyon during city’s Fête des Lumières, ‘universal national service’ opened up to all 15 to 17-year-olds Pic: Lidl / Prostock-studio / Sebarrere

National service for all 

France’s ‘universal national service’ scheme is to be opened up to all French 15 to 17-year-olds next year. 

It will be the first time that numbers will not be capped.

The scheme, launched in 2019, saw 32,000 people participate this year. 

The voluntary programme includes a two-week camp focused on developing ‘republican values’, and 84 hours of volunteering – for example, in a charity or local authority.

Read more: Make sense of... Service national

Lidl cars up for grabs

Lidl France is to offer the chance to win three Mini cars painted in the chain’s colours. 

Clients can participate until November 13 via the Lidl app. 

It follows the surprising success of the store’s own-colour trainers.

Read more: Lidl’s internet-sensation trainers back on sale in France

Yes to Lyon light show

Lyon’s famous Fête des Lumières festival is to go ahead from December 8-11 this year  despite attempts by the city to reduce energy use. 

City hall said LED lighting would be used, so the energy needed for the light shows would be “marginal”.

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