June 28, 2022

French minister sorry for Champions League final’s ‘bad management’

Darmanin stops short of apology for blaming Liverpool fans‘It profoundly changed the organisation of the police HQ’The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has apologised to “everyone who suffered from bad management” at the Champions League final in Paris.However, Darmanin, who has made strongly disputed claims about the number of counterfeit tickets in circulation at the Stade de France, stopped short of saying sorry to the Liverpool fans he blamed for the problems on the night of the club’s defeat by Real Madrid. Continue reading...
June 28, 2022

Can France's Constitution be changed to add the right to abortion?

In the wake of the American Supreme Court's decision to end abortion rights for women in the US, French politicians from the centre and the left say they will move to have the right to terminate pregnancy enshrined in France's Constitution - so how easy is it to amend the Constitution in France?
June 28, 2022

France's Disabilities minister accused of attempted rape

French prosecutors are examining a formal complaint of attempted rape against the country's Disabilities minister after a third woman came forth to say that he had sexually assaulted her.
June 28, 2022

Tourists: What to do if you test positive for Covid in France

With tourism opening up and travel rules relaxed more and more people are visiting France - but what if you test positive for Covid while you are here?
June 28, 2022

France may restart coal-fired power station to avoid energy shortage this winter

The French government is considering reopening a coal-fired power plant in the north east of the country to avoid energy shortages this winter.
June 28, 2022

French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With France in the middle of a new wave of Covid-19, the country's health minister has urged the public to once again wear face masks on public transport and in crowded spaces.
June 28, 2022

The Breakdown | Rugby’s battle of the hemispheres: south can turn the tide in July Tests

The north won bragging rights in 2021 but with 12 Tests over the next three weekends things could soon look very differentWelcome to The Breakdown, the Guardian’s weekly (and free) rugby union newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version every Tuesday, just pop your email in below:Back at the end of November the evidence seemed pretty conclusive. France and Ireland had just beaten New Zealand on successive weekends, England had knocked over South Africa and Australia while Scotland and Wales had also defeated the Wallabies. Looking down the list of results it felt as if the “battle of the hemispheres” had swung decisively towards the north. Continue reading...
June 28, 2022

No masks, no free tests, low sick pay – the UK government is back in Covid denial | Frances Ryan

Cases are on the rise, but a few small changes would make a big difference to millions of vulnerable peopleIf you’re reading this in the UK, odds are that by now you’ve had coronavirus: 7 in 10 of us have watched the dreaded red line appear. You may have been stuck in bed with it twice or even three times by now; by April 2022, England alone had recorded almost 900,000 reinfections. When the public asked to “return to normal”, I’m not sure a regular hacking cough was what they had in mind.It is an odd situation. Last week, Covid infections were reported to have soared by 43%, while hospitalisation from the virus rose by 23%. An estimated 1.7 million people in the UK tested positive over those seven days. Two million of us now have long Covid, with about two in five of those – or 826,000 people – having symptoms for at least a year. Continue reading...
June 28, 2022

Macron seeks allies as new French parliament opens

France's lower house of parliament reopens Tuesday after an election upset for President Emmanuel Macron whose centrist allies are little closer to building a stable majority, putting Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne's job potentially on the line.
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