Revealed: The French cities where the locals are most likely to cheat on their lovers

A French site for extramarital affairs has mined through its user statistics to reveal the most promiscuous cities across France.

Revealed: The French cities where the locals are most likely to cheat on their lovers
The website Gleeden worked out the “infidelity rate” of each city from their French user base of over two million. To calculate the rate they counted the ratio of the cities’ populations compared to the number of people there hopping between beds.
It is perhaps unsurprising that Paris came out top, with 18 percent of Parisians spending nights away from home, four percent more than in 2015. Lille and Bordeaux tailed the capital with an infidelity rate of 17 and 16 percent respectively. 
Rounding out the top five were Versailles and Melun, a town to the south of Paris (see the full top ten to the right).  
Next up was Rouen to the north at 15 percent, Lyon in central France, Nancy to the west, and Metz in the north east – all at 13.6 percent, with Evry near Paris finishing tenth with 11.5 percent. 
“This ranking shows that infidelity is still easier in big cities: more meetings, easier meetings, more discreet and therefore… less risk! But be careful, the small towns of France are not free of infidelity either,” the company said. 
The French don’t exactly have a reputation as the most loyal spouses. In 2014 the French and Italians trumped all other European citizens as the most likely to have an affair. Over one in two men – 55 percent – of French and Italian origin admitted to cheating on their partners and the same goes for one in three women.
But the French by far surpass the infidelity of other Europeans when it comes to their blasé attitude towards cheating.
According to a 2014 European infidelity poll, one in three (35 percent) of the French concede they would have an affair on the condition that they would get away with it. The Italians were more reluctant to cheat with only 28 percent admitting that they would do it. This compares to 25 percent of Brits surveyed and 31 percent of Germans.
French tolerance for infidelity appeared again when a French court ruled that promoting extra-marital affairs is within the law. The ruling came after a French Catholics association attempted to sue the publishers of Gleeden for advertising their services for those hoping to cheat on their partners.
But whether the French are less faithful to their partners than other nationalities is uncertain. 
“There’s some mythology here. I don’t think they are more or less unfaithful than anywhere else,” Noel Biderman, the founder of another extramarital affairs website, Ashley Madison, told The Local in the past
And it seems that the French aren’t proud of any affairs they do have. 
“The French are like people everywhere in that they don’t want their partner to discover the fact they are having an affair. They try to keep their affairs secret the way the Americans or British do,” Biderman said. 
By Blyth Brentnall

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Porsche faces fresh fine over 2015 diesel cheating scandal

German prosecutors on Monday said they have launched new legal proceedings over Porsche's role in the diesel emissions cheating scandal that erupted in 2015, which could leave the luxury carmaker facing a large fine.

Porsche faces fresh fine over 2015 diesel cheating scandal
A test drive of a classic open-air Porsche in February 2019. Photo: DPA

“We have opened an administrative proceeding (against Porsche AG) at the end of which a court could impose a fine,” a spokesman for the Stuttgart prosecutor's office told AFP, confirming a Bloomberg News report.

Porsche's parent company Volkswagen and fellow high-end subsidiary Audi 
were last year hit with similar “administrative” cases by prosecutors in Brunswick and Munich, which are separate from any ongoing criminal investigations against company individuals.

Both VW and Audi drew a line under their administrative orders by accepting a financial penalty and admitting responsibility for breaching air pollution requirements.

VW paid €1 billion euros while Audi was slapped with an 800 million euro fine.

Under German law, a company can be fined in this way if executives are found to have failed to take the necessary supervisory measures to prevent illegal activities.

In a statement, Porsche said it would fully cooperate with the investigation but reiterated that it believed the company had not fallen foul of its supervisory duties.

The so-called “dieselgate” scandal broke in 2015 when Volkswagen was forced to admit it had equipped some 11 million diesel cars worldwide with software designed to skirt regulatory tests to make the engines seem less polluting than they were.

VW's own-brand vehicles were among those affected by the years-long scam, as well as cars from its Porsche, Audi, Skoda, Seat stable of brands.

The scandal has so far cost the VW group more than 28 billion in penalties, buy-backs and refits, and it remains mired in legal woes at home and abroad.

Prosecutors in Stuttgart have also opened investigations against two 
current and one former Porsche employee, as well as against persons unknown, on suspicion of fraud and false advertising over the dieselgate scandal.