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This Friday, the government of Edouard Philippe resigned. The new team should already be known by Wednesday. At certain positions, several avenues are being studied, one of which may seem surprising at first glance. Indeed, the rumor runs about a possible appointment of Claire Chazal to the post of Minister of Culture where she would be in competition with Jean-Michel Jarre.

According to several French media, public figures are on the list of potential future ministers. To replace Franck Riester, the now former Minister of Culture and Communication, the Challenges site claims that Jean-Michel Jarre and Claire Chazal are two serious candidates. Le Canard enchainé goes even further by claiming that the former flagship face of TF1’s JT would have already applied for the position. To achieve this, she would even have called on a certain Marc-Olivier Fogiel, the current director of … BFM TV who has a reputation for being on very good terms with Brigitte Macron.

After her ouster from TF1 news a few years ago, Claire Chazal, who is now 63 years old, had turned to her favorite field which is none other than culture. On France 5, she had taken orders for the magazine Entrée libre. A few months ago, she opted for Passage des arts. His familiar face and his television experience, especially in political debates, on TF1 would play in his favor. The one which is also considered as a “touch to everything” could be the symbol of this “new path” wanted by Emmanuel Macron for his cabinet reshuffle for which he plays big for the presidential elections of 2022.

This position would have already been offered to him in 2018

Claire Chazal would have already been asked to take control of the Ministry of Culture in 2018 but she would have refused the offer which was proposed to him to succeed Françoise Nyssen at that time.

A few months before the announcement of the government reshuffle, the presenter had confided to the daily Le Figaro about this solicitation dating from 2018. “It is a rumor without foundation but indeed, it could have interested me”, had claimed Claire Chazal who never hid her interest in politics.

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What’s behind unordered Amazon packages showing up on porches?

HOUSTON – It was like Christmas in July for Devon Lowe of Pearland, Texas, when random Amazon boxes began appearing on her doorstep. The first was a book on how to cut off your adult kids, and it was addressed to her husband.

“We were all having dinner, you know, it’s Sunday, and the kids were, like, are you trying to tell us something or something? It was all funny. He was like, ‘No, I didn’t order it.’ It was weird that it came in his name,” Lowe said.

It was weird enough that Lowe checked her Amazon account.

“Come to find out, we didn’t order it. It just came so we never thought anything about it, and then we saw the Facebook post where someone else had it happen,” Lowe said.

She then realized the book wasn’t the only package that had mysteriously arrived on her doorstep. There had been others too.

“It was a showerhead, random. These cans of air that you use to clean a computer, and I know I didn’t order that,” she said.

On the other side of Pearland, Kathy Mars never received a single package but was affected by the scam, nonetheless.

Late one night, Mars received an email confirming an order via her Amazon account. But it was after 11 p.m., and she hadn’t placed any orders.

“I go into my order history and there’s an order for 22 items that I would never order, ever. And they’re all under 11 cents each,” Mars said.

“Numerous things -- electronics, cables, baby items, books -- it varied. Just none of it made sense,” Mars said.

In total, the items only added up to $2.40.

But according to Leah Napoliello, with the Better Business Bureau of Houston, what the scammers wanted was much more valuable — a positive review for their product under your name.

“They somehow obtain your name, your address to get those items sent to you. Then they actually take your name and use that to create fake positive reviews in your name on sites like Amazon,” Napoliello said.

The scam is called “brushing.”

“It is just a way to fool people, other potential buyers of their merchandise into thinking that this item is more popular and well-liked than it actually is. So it’s just really a ruse,” Napoliello said.

Mars immediately called Amazon to alert them to the fraud.

But, by that time, the scammers had already gone in and started making fake reviews under her name.

“Sure enough, they all had reviews from me on all those items. Right now, looking I have over a thousand reviews on Amazon…me personally, I’ve only done about 10. So, I don’t know how that happened,” Mars said.

Napoliello said if you’ve received items you didn’t order, first go in and check your account history to verify if you actually were charged for the items.

If you were, immediately reach out to Amazon. Then, update your password.

“Change your passwords, monitor your account. Monitor your credit card statements, your bills, because you don’t want your identity to be stolen or items to be purchased in your name in the future,” Napoliello said.

The big question everyone one wants to know, of course, is can you keep the items? Well, according to the Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission, you can.

Lowe and her family didn’t ever read the book, but one of the other products came in handy.

“My son was cleaning something, his gaming system, and he said, ‘Hey, where’s that canned air?’ So he used it,” Lowe said.

KPRC 2, KSAT’s sister station in Houston, reached out to Amazon for more information about brushing. An Amazon spokesperson responded with the following statement:

“Third party sellers are prohibited from sending unsolicited packages. We take action on those who violate our policies, including withholding payments, suspending or removing selling privileges, or working with law enforcement.”

The Amazon representative also wants you to be on the lookout for any suspicious calls from people claiming to be from Amazon.

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