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The Grossest Thing About Cannes

NICE MATIN (France)

CANNES – Far from the red carpets and movie stars, Cannes hides its dark side. Look closer into the famous stretch of Mediterranean and you might see a crowd of cans, cigarette butts and other waste that continue to plague this southern French seaside city.

Being a tourist attraction not only brings Cannes money, it also brings massive sea dumping. The environmental association Expédition Med will be taking advantage of Wednesday's opening of the Cannes film festival to denounce the situation.

"While the Cannes film festival is in the spotlight, we thought it was the suitable time to inform people about the massive amount of trash which is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea on a regular basis," Bruno Dumontet, member of the action group, explained to Nice Matin.

Camera in hand, the association dove down into this polluted sea and brought back striking images: cans, bottles, tissues, cigarettes packs. The many tourists who will soon gaze out at this sea should remember what lies below.

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Poland's "Family Values" Obsession Squashes The Rights Of The Individual

Poland's political parties across the spectrum prioritize the family in every area of life, which has a detrimental effect on everything from social services to women. But the state should support a dignified life for every citizen, not just those who in long-term unions.

Photo of an empty stroller in the middle of a crowded square in Warsaw, Poland

In Warsaw, Poland

Piotr Szumlewicz

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WARSAW — Social policy in Poland means family. Both left and right, major parties boast that they support the idea of family, act in the favor of families, and make sure that families are safe.

Everyone seems to have forgotten that, according to Article 32 of the Polish Constitution, "everyone is equal before the law" and "everyone has the right to equal treatment by public authorities."

What's more, "no one shall be discriminated against in political, social or economic life for any reason." In other words, the state should take care of all citizens, regardless of whether they live alone or are part of large families, have childless marriages or informal unions.

Unfortunately, for many years, Polish state policy has been moving in a completely different direction. The subject of government social policy is not the individual, but the traditional family. Even sadder: this policy is also supported by the entire parliamentary opposition. This actually means supporting Christian Democrat social policies that discriminate against women, single people, or those living in informal relationships.

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