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A quarter of German bank cards are out of commission

30 million bank cards have been blocked in Germany since January 1st, because of a technical problem linked to the new year. French maker Gemalto, that produces the chips in the cards, says that German banks are to blame and not the cards.

Some 30 million German bankcards have been blocked since January 1st, 2010. That’s ¼ of the total number of bankcards in use in Germany…
The company that invented the chip in the cards, French company Gemalto, says the German banks are the problem and not the chips.
We have the same chip in our French cards, and according to Gemalto, the French don’t risk anything.
This is the worst incident ever reported, and GEMALTO says they have provided German banks with a solution to fix the problem, which should mean, they won’t have to recall the 30 million cards.

A small town in the central France is making quite a sales profit, because they still accepts Francs. In the past three years, they’ve seen sales activity go up 10 percent.
The village just celebrated their 1 million Francs collected, that’s about 150 000 Euros.
And they plan to collect another million by 2012, which is when the Franc will definitely disappear…
They only accept bank notes…no coins…and you’ll get your change in Euros…

An interesting interview making the front page of “L’Humanité.”
Wolfgang Wodarg, the chairman of the health committee in the European Council says that the Swine Flu panic was created by pharmaceutical companies so they can make a profit.
He has now asked for an investigation to look into what role they played…

Keep in mind…L’HUMANITE is a communist paper. So there is always the question why it is making the front page here and nowhere else.

And there is another controversy surrounding the vaccine! “Le Parisien” reports that there is a rumor going around, that the vaccine contains pork.
Not true say the makers, but it’s too late! Thanks to the internet and text messaging that rumor has spread like wildfire.
The news worries Muslims and could mean that even less people will get vaccinated now.

 

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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