Gabriel Attal Is France’s Youngest Ever Prime Minister

Gabriel Attal Is France's Youngest Ever Prime Minister
Jan 10 2024 Share

Gabriel Attal, the 34-year-old French education minister, has become the country’s youngest-ever prime minister and the first openly gay man in the role. 

This move by President Emmanuel Macron aims to rejuvenate his government’s waning popularity. 

Attal, a rising star in Macron’s Renaissance Party, gained recognition for banning the abaya in French public schools and addressing bullying during his tenure. 

Macron expressed confidence in Attal’s energy and commitment, while Attal vowed to unleash French potential, emphasising education as a top priority.

Attal, initially aligned with the centre-left Socialist Party, swiftly rose in Macron’s centrist movement during the pandemic, gaining popularity. His political journey progressed rapidly, leading to his appointment as education minister. 

Attal replaces Elisabeth Borne, who resigned after a tumultuous 20-month tenure marked by unpopular retirement reforms and urban riots. Attal will now form a new government, focusing on advancing Macron’s agenda, although presidential power remains predominant. 

The reshuffle comes as Macron faces declining approval in polls, with far-right leader Marine Le Pen gaining support. The move is seen as a political reset ahead of European elections and the Paris Olympics, with Attal viewed favourably among the public.


MGT Winner Lydon Agius Performs Elvis’ ‘Love Me Tender’

MGT Winner Lydon Agius Performs Elvis' 'Love Me Tender'
Jan 10 2024 Share

Malta’s Got Talent Season 1 winner Lydon Agius, who rose to prominence alongside his father Jomike for bringing traditional għana to the big stage, is taking on the rock n’ roll legend Elvis Presley in performance.

Dubbed Lydon Little Elvis, the young performer brought a smile on many spectators’ and elderly persons’ faces as he brought the great singer back to life with his own adorable spin. 

Going round and interacting with the audience, Lydon has even got the moves of the iconic singer down and is fully embracing the persona. 


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Majority Of Maltese Don’t Want E-Scooter Ban Lifted

Majority Of Maltese Don't Want E-Scooter Ban Lifted
Jan 10 2024 Share

Asking our followers on Facebook and Instagram, it seems as though the majority do not want the e-scooter ban lifted following the swearing in of a new Transport Minister, Chris Bonett. 

On Instagram, 58% of respondents voted that they do not want the ban on e-scooters lifted, whereas 42% want Malta to reintroduce the e-scooters. 


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Meanwhile, 56% of respondents said that they never made use of an e-scooter as opposed to 44% of respondents who did. Asking for their opinions, many expressed their concerns that the vehicles pose a danger to commuters and, if driven recklessly, can pose an immediate danger to one’s life.

Those in favour however highlighted that they are a good alternative to address Malta’s traffic problem and it is up to the users to drive them properly. 

This comes after a spokesperson for Bolt revealed to MaltaDaily that they would like to see Minister Chris Bonett lifting the ban, with NGO ROTA.mt also expressing similar sentiments. 


Malta With 2nd Lowest EU Unemployment Rate In November 2023

Malta With 2nd Lowest EU Unemployment Rate In November 2023
Jan 9 2024 Share

Malta’s seasonally adjusted unemployment ranks in second place for 2023, just after Czechia. Malta registered a 2.5% seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, with Czechia registering a 0.1% difference at 2.4. 

In November 2023, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4%, down from 6.5% in October 2023 and from 6.7% in November 2022. 

The highest rates of unemployment were registered in Spain (11.9%), followed by Greece (9.4%) and Sweden (7.9%). Poland followed Malta at 2.8%. 

The EU unemployment rate was 5.9% in November 2023, also down from 6.0% in October 2023 and from 6.1% in November 2022. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Eurostat estimates that 12.954 million persons in the EU, of whom 10.970 million in the euro area, were unemployed in November 2023. 

Compared with October 2023, unemployment decreased by 144 thousand in the EU and by 99 thousand in the euro area. Compared with November 2022, unemployment decreased by 283 thousand in the EU and by 282 thousand in the euro area.