Outcry in France After Police Clear Paris Migrant Camp

With Parliament considering a security bill, officers used tear gas and dispersal grenades in their response to a camp set up in a prominent square to protest against a lack of housing.

#asylum-right-of, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #paris-france, #politics-and-government

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Corruption Trial of Ex-President Sarkozy Opens in France

Nicolas Sarkozy is the first French head of state since 1945 to attend his own trial. He is accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#corruption-institutional, #france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

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France’s Dragnet for Extremists Sweeps Up Some Schoolchildren, Too

When France held a tribute to a teacher killed after a class on freedom of expression, the police interrogated at least 14 students over comments flagged as inappropriate.

#children-and-childhood, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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Daniel Cordier, French Resistance Hero, Is Dead at 100

Mr. Cordier was assistant to the legendary Jean Moulin, who unified Resistance groups in Nazi-occupied France.

#daniel-cordier, #deaths-obituaries, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Who Postpones Black Friday? This Year, the French

Spurred by small retailers’ anger over Amazon’s grip on sales, especially during lockdown, France has delayed the start of holiday discounts.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #discount-selling, #e-commerce, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Angst Over Amazon Provokes Black Friday Backlash in France

The French government delayed Black Friday a week to accommodate smaller retailers, who say they cannot compete against Amazon while in lockdown.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #discount-selling, #e-commerce, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Bruno Barbey, Magnum Photographer of War and Peace, Dies at 79

He was “a formidable visual architect” who captured the streets of Paris during the violent demonstrations in 1968 and documented the human experience in other parts of the world.

#barbey-bruno, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #magnum-photos, #photography, #the-italians-book

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Ride Vision raises $7M for its AI-based motorcycle safety system

Ride Vision, an Israeli startup that is building an AI-driven safety system to prevent motorcycle collisions, today announced that it has raised a $7 million Series A round led by crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd. YL Ventures, which typically specializes in cybersecurity startups but also led the company’s $2.5 million seed round in 2018, Mobilion VC and motorcycle mirror manufacturer Metagal also participated in this round. The company has now raised a total of $10 million.

In addition to this new funding round, Ride Vision also today announced a new partnership with automotive parts manufacturer Continental .

“As motorcycle enthusiasts, we at Ride Vision are excited at the prospect of our international launch and our partnership with Continental,” Uri Lavi, CEO and co-founder of Ride Vision, said in today’s announcement. “This moment is a major milestone, as we stride toward our dream of empowering bikers to feel truly safe while they enjoy the ride.”

The general idea here is pretty straightforward and comparable with the blind-spot monitoring system in your car. Using computer vision, Ride Vision’s system, the Ride Vision 1, analyzes the traffic around a rider in real time. It provides forward collision alerts and monitors your blind spot, but it can also tell you when you’re following another rider or car too closely. It can also simply record your ride and, coming soon, it’ll be able to make emergency calls on your behalf when things go awry.

As the company argues, the number of motorcycles (and other motorized two-wheeled vehicles) has only increased during the pandemic, as people started avoiding public transport and looked for relatively affordable alternatives. In Europe, sales of two-wheeled vehicles increased by 30% during the pandemic.

The hardware on the motorcycle itself is pretty straightforward. It includes two wide-angle cameras (one each at the front and rear), as well as alert indicators on the mirrors, as well as the main computing unit. Ride Vision has patents on its human-machine warning interface and vision algorithms.

It’s worth noting that there are some blind-spot monitoring solutions for motorcycles on the market already, including those from Innovv and Senzar. Honda also has patents on similar technologies. These do not provide the kind of 360-degree view that Ride Vision is aiming for.

Ride Vision says its products will be available in Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Israel and the U.K. in early 2021, with the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Australia, Japan, India, China and others following later.

#artificial-intelligence, #australia, #austria, #brazil, #canada, #china, #continental, #europe, #france, #germany, #greece, #honda, #india, #israel, #italy, #japan, #motorcycle, #ourcrowd, #recent-funding, #ride-vision, #spain, #startups, #tc, #transportation, #united-kingdom, #united-states, #yl-ventures

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Indian Designer Manish Arora’s Downfall

Manish Arora was the breakout fashion star of India. Today, his business is in tatters, with a trail of debts. What happened?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delhi-india, #fashion-and-apparel, #france, #galliano-john, #handicrafts, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #luxury-goods-and-services, #rabanne-paco, #shopping-and-retail, #wages-and-salaries

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Helicopter Crash in Egypt Kills 8 Sinai Peacekeepers

Six Americans are among the dead. The Multinational Force and Observers said there was nothing to suggest the crash was anything but an accident.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #czech-republic, #deaths-fatalities, #france, #helicopters, #multinational-force-and-observers, #sinai-peninsula-egypt, #united-states

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Austria’s Leader Seeks Crackdown on Islamist Terrorism After Attack

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a set of legislative proposals that would make it easier to keep terrorists behind bars, close mosques and clamp down on funding for terrorists.

#austria, #european-union, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism, #vienna-austria, #vienna-austria-shooting-nov-2020

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Macron and Kurz Flex Antiterror Muscles for Domestic Audience

The context of a European-wide meeting on Tuesday was tackling the Continent’s terrorism concerns. For the leaders of France and Austria, political interests were the subtext.

#austria, #europe, #european-union, #france, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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This Couple Is Sailing Around the World — Against Each Other

Sam Davies and Romain Attanasio have long supported each other in yacht races. Now, they are both in the Vendée Globe, a four-month race around the world.

#attanasio-romain, #content-type-personal-profile, #davies-samantha-1974, #france, #sailboats-and-sailing, #vendee-globe-challenge

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Along the Seine, Booksellers Try to Hold Off an Unhappy Ending

The coronavirus lockdowns have taken a steep toll on Paris’s “bouquinistes,” whose bookstalls stretch for miles along the Seine. “We are barely making enough to eat.”

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #france, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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In the Netherlands, a Cartoon in School Leads to Online Threats and an Arrest

Threats against a high school teacher who displayed a political cartoon that supported the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have alarmed Dutch officials.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #charlie-hebdo, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #netherlands, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #rotterdam-netherlands, #social-media, #terrorism

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Attacks in France Point to a Threat Beyond Extremist Networks

The most recent attackers were isolated, self-radicalized individuals. That has raised questions about the government’s response.

#anzorov-abdoullakh-d-2020, #aouissaoui-brahim, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Netflix tests a programmed linear TV and movie channel in France

Netflix is testing out a programmed linear content channel, similar to what you get with standard broadcast and cable TV, for the first time (via Variety). The streaming company will still be streaming said channel – it’ll be accessed via Netflix’s browser-based website – and it will be initially available in France only, having rolled out to select areas in November 5, with plans to expand to more of France through December.

The channel is called Netflix Direct, and is exclusively available to subscribers of the regular Netflix streaming service. It will show TV shows and movies from France, the U.S. and other regions, selected from Netflix’s existing content library. The reasoning behind the launch in France in particular, according to the streaming giant, is that a lot of viewers in the country tend to like watching programming without having to select what it is specifically they’re going to watch next.

Netflix previously launched a test of a tool that provided that – a ‘Shuffle’ button that would play stuff it thinks you’d like at random from its recommendation trove. That was individual per users, however – while the new Netflix Direct approach is a fixed slate of programming that’s the same for everyone who tunes in, much more like traditional TV.

For all its strengths, Netflix definitely doesn’t have the same ability to channel surf or essentially veg out and let the TV take away any decision fatigue, so this could be the answer to that. It’s definitely an interesting experiment for Netflix, but we’ll see if it catches on or expands to more geographies with different viewing preferences.

#cable-tv, #e-commerce, #france, #media, #netflix, #operating-systems, #software, #tc, #united-states

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For the Arts in Europe, Lockdown Feels Different This Time

Many of the continent’s museums, theaters, concert halls and bookshops have been forced to close again, and now, people’s reactions have changed.

#belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #england, #europe, #france, #germany, #italy, #museums, #music, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #switzerland, #theater

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Should You Move to France? Ask an Expat Blogger

“Frenchfluencers” (expats who blog or post from France) report increased engagement from stressed Americans seeking escapism.

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #france, #instagram-inc, #paris-france, #provence-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #youtube-com

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In France, Shopowners Revolt Against New Closing Order

Small businesses are fighting what they say is unfair competition from Amazon and big retailers as a nationwide lockdown takes effect.

#amazon-com-inc, #carrefour-sa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Dispute Over Pissarro Painting Looted by Nazis Is Back in Court

A Holocaust survivor wants to revisit a settlement with an Oklahoma art museum over a painting once owned by her father.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #colleges-and-universities, #france, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #meyer-leone, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #oklahoma, #pissarro-camille, #statutes-of-limitations, #university-of-oklahoma

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Greek Orthodox Priest Wounded in Lyon, France, Shooting, Reports Say

An unknown assailant walked up to the priest as he was closing his church and shot him before fleeing the scene, according to French media reports. Authorities warned people to avoid the area.

#castex-jean, #churches-buildings, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #lyon-france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Is France Fueling Muslim Terrorism by Trying to Prevent It?

Emmanuel Macron’s government may unwittingly be breeding the kind of communalism it wants to ward off.

#discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #secularism, #terrorism

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France’s Hardening Defense of Cartoons of Muhammad Could Lead to ‘A Trap’

Once denounced by French leaders, the images are now defended across the political spectrum, widening a divide with Muslim nations and leaving many French Muslims alienated.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #nice-france

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2nd Man Is Arrested Over Knife Attack in Nice

The man, 47, was suspected of being in contact with a knife-wielding assailant who killed three people at a church on Thursday, the French authorities said.

#france, #muslims-and-islam, #nice-france, #terrorism

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Schools Stay Open in Europe’s New Lockdowns, a Reversal From Spring

Europe’s latest wave of restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus have largely avoided closing schools. We take a look at why and how they are being kept open.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #france, #germany, #ireland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-conditions-and-trends, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Nutrium app, which links dietitians and patients, raises $4.9M led by Indico Capital

Nutrium, a digital health startup which links dietitians and their patients via an app, has raised a €4.25 million Seed round led by Indico Capital Partners, alongside the the Social Innovation Fund in Portugal (SIF) and previous investors. It now offers professional nutrition software to 80,000 nutrition professionals and 800,000 patients in more than 40 countries.

With this investment round, Nutrium plans to double the team size in the next 24 months in order to focus on platform development and expand global sales in markets like Spain, France, Italy, USA and the UK where the company already has a strong customer base.

With the Nutrium platform, patients get integrated nutrition counseling which combines professional advice, continuous monitoring and access to commercial products.

André Santos, CEO and Co-founder of Nutrium commented: “We are moving closer to our vision of enabling the improvement of eating habits for millions of people globally.”

Stephan Morais, managing general partner at Indico said: “Nutrium will become a full-fledged platform bringing together nutritionists, patients, products and wellness data that will enable healthier and happier lives. We are pleased to back this jointly developed vision with capital and knowledge.“

Rui Ferreira, Vice President at Portugal Ventures said: “In 2017, when Portugal Ventures invested in Nutrium’s pre-seed round, the company was mainly present in two markets. Today, Nutrium operates in more than 40 markets, having increased its turnover exponentially.”

Nutrium’s competitors include NutriAdmin, AppointmentPlus, Evolution Nutrition which has raised $2.3M.

#articles, #europe, #france, #general-partner, #health, #indico-capital-partners, #italy, #nutrition, #ro, #spain, #tc, #united-kingdom, #united-states, #vice-president

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Nice Knife Attack Being Treated as Terrorism

At least two people were killed at a church in the southern city of Nice.

#france, #nice-france, #terrorism

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France and Germany Lock Down as Second Coronavirus Wave Grows

The new steps are the toughest since the spring and follow added restrictions in Spain and Italy aimed at curbing the spread of the virus and easing the strain on hospitals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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As Pandemic Surges Again, Europe Adopts New Restrictions

The new steps are the toughest since the spring and follow added restrictions in Spain and Italy aimed at curbing the spread of the virus and easing the strain on hospitals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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Muslim Countries Denounce French Response to Killing of Samuel Paty, Urge Boycott

While the French have supported their government’s crackdown, it has opened the country to criticism that its complicated relationship with French Muslims has taken an ugly turn.

#bangladesh, #boycotts, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #international-relations, #jordan, #kuwait, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #terrorism

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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France, Waging a Crackdown, Honors a Teacher and Depicts a Plot in Beheading

Two teenagers were paid about $350 to identify a teacher later decapitated outside his school. As the nation mourns, officials move against what they see as militant Islam.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-france, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #terrorism

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Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

“We’re now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys,” one researcher said.

#belarus, #cirio-paolo, #crowdsourcing-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facial-recognition-software, #france, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #howell-christopher-1978, #innovation, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore

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Microsoft Azure announces its first region in Austria

Microsoft today announced its plans to launch a new data center region in Austria, its first in the country. With nearby Azure regions in Switzerland, Germany, France and a planned new region in northern Italy, this part of Europe now has its fair share of Azure coverage. Microsoft also noted that it plans to launch a new ‘Center of Digital Excellence’ to Austria to “to modernize Austria’s IT infrastructure, public governmental services and industry innovation.”

In total, Azure now features 65 cloud regions — though that number includes some that aren’t online yet. As its competitors like to point out, not all of them feature multiple availability zones yet, but the company plans to change that. Until then, the fact that there’s usually another nearby region can often make up for that.

Image Credits: Microsoft

Talking about availability zones, in addition to announcing this new data center region, Microsoft also today announced plans to expand its cloud in Brazil, with new availability zones to enable high-availability workloads launching in the existing Brazil South region in 2021. Currently, this region only supports Azure workloads but will add support for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform over the course of the next few months.

This announcement is part of a large commitment to building out its presence in Brazil. Microsoft is also partnering with the Ministry of Economy “to help job matching for up to 25 million workers and is offering free digital skilling with the capacity to train up to 5.5 million people” and to use its AI to protect the rainforest. That last part may sound a bit naive, but the specific plan here is to use AI to predict likely deforestation zones based on data from satellite images.

#artificial-intelligence, #austria, #brazil, #cloud, #cloud-computing, #cloud-infrastructure, #computing, #europe, #france, #germany, #italy, #microsoft, #microsoft-365, #microsoft-azure, #ministry-of-economy, #subscription-services, #switzerland

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The Encroachment of the Unsayable

Our compromised liberalism has left a generation of writers weighing their words in fear.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hitchens-christopher, #liberalism-us-politics, #netherlands, #packer-george, #pen-american-center, #vanity-fair, #writing-and-writers

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U.S. Charges Russian Intelligence Officers in Major Cyberattacks

Prosecutors said the suspects hacked elections in France and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #france, #gru-russia, #justice-department, #olympic-games-2018, #presidential-election-of-2016, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Police Raid in France Targets Islamist Links After Teacher’s Killing

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the raids began Monday morning, and that some Muslim groups were being investigated.

#france, #terrorism

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Suspect Stalked French School Before Beheading Teacher, Officials Say

The suspect, a Russian immigrant, was angered by a classroom display of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and sought help identifying the teacher involved.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-france, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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With Brexit Clock Ticking, Boris Johnson Vows, Again, to Walk Away

The prime minister blew up over what he called Europe’s insistence that Britain make all the compromises. But Europe says it still wants to talk.

#barnier-michel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-channel, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #france, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #world-trade-organization

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French Kill Man After a Fatal Knife Attack on the Street

France’s antiterrorism prosecutors are investigating the attack, which took place in a suburb north of Paris.

#eragny-france, #france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #terrorism

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Retired French Surgeon Faces 312 Pedophilia and Abuse Charges

Prosecutors said the rapes and sexual assaults took place at several hospitals over three decades, and were documented in a diary. Most of the accusers were 15 or younger.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #france, #sex-crimes

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Ex-French President Sarkozy Faces New Charge in Campaign Finance Case

Prosecutors added a charge of criminal conspiracy to a long-running investigation into whether his 2007 campaign received illegal Libyan financing.

#campaign-finance, #france, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #sarkozy-nicolas

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Will a Half-Step by Macron Be Enough to Blunt France’s Second Wave?

The imposition of a curfew in several major cities underscored a difficult choice: further dampening the economy or risking more lives.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

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Europe, Which Thought It Had Coronavirus Tamed, Faces Second Wave

France imposed a curfew on Paris and other major cities, and other countries are taking similar steps as record caseloads fill hospitals and governments try to respond without lockdowns.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #catalonia-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #netherlands, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shutdowns-institutional

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The Watchmaking Wizard Who Doesn’t Like Watches

“I love the mechanics,” Eric Coudray said, “but the watch itself as an object, it doesn’t really touch me.”

#busser-maximilian, #coudray-eric, #france, #inventions-and-patents, #jaeger-lecoultre, #mbf, #watches-and-clocks

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Are Amazon Jobs Worth 1,400 Loads of Traffic? French Region Is Split

The picturesque Gard desperately needs more employment. But environmentalists are pushing back at what they see as a looming blight.

#amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #fournes-france, #france, #gard-france, #labor-and-jobs, #pollution, #roads-and-traffic, #unemployment

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Europe’s Economic Recovery Is a Summer Memory

As the coronavirus resumes spreading rapidly across the continent, hopes for an economic revival have given way to diminished expectations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #euro-currency, #europe, #eurozone, #france, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #italy, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #politics-and-government, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #wages-and-salaries

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House Hunting in France: A Once-in-a-Millennium Castle for $3.3 Million

France saw a buying frenzy in the months after the first pandemic lockdown, but it may not be enough to make up for the lost activity that preceded it.

#france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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