Campaign. Asked about the vaccination strategy by the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Olivier Véran hammered home his goal of vaccinating “more than 1 million French people at the end of January” while not assuming that the sudden opening to over 75s constitutes a change in strategy.
Impeachment. Donald Trump ruled on the impeachment procedure against him on Tuesday “Totally ridiculous”, considering that she aroused “Immense anger” across the United States, before flying to Texas on its first outing since the violence on Capitol Hill. “This is the continuation of the greatest witch hunt in history. This causes immense anger ”, he declared, while the nomination of Joe Biden promises to be under very high tension.
Football. Canal +, the favorite to take over the TV rights of the French championships, put pressure on the professional football league on Tuesday by asking for the organization of a new call for tenders for all Ligue 1 matches. His boss, Maxime Saada, believes that “Ligue 1 has lost a lot of value” with the Covid-19 crisis and the withdrawal of the major broadcaster Mediapro.
Media. Finkielkraut fired by LCI after his comments on the Olivier Duhamel affair. On Monday, the philosopher shocked viewers and associations for the defense of incest victims on Monday by questioning the consent of the alleged victim of the famous political scientist Olivier Duhamel, accused of having raped his then-14-year-old stepson. The news channel decided on Tuesday to separate from him.
Justice. “Wall of cons”: the conviction of the former president of the Syndicate of the judiciary definitively confirmed. The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal of Françoise Martres in the so-called “wall of cons” case. In 2013, a journalist revealed this contentious trombinoscope, displayed in the union’s premises, where politicians, litigants and personalities from the world of justice were insulted.
China. The WHO experts under close watch from Beijing. Mandated by the World Health Organization, ten scientists will arrive in China on Thursday to trace the origin of the pandemic. An ultra-sensitive international investigation for the Chinese authorities.
Barrier gestures. Parents opposed to the mask at school again rejected. A collective from Maine-et-Loire fears the consequences of wearing a mask on the physical and mental health of children. The Council of State having rejected their appeal, they plan to seize the European Court of Human Rights.
Literature. Vassilis Alexakis, last exile. The Franco-Greek writer, author of some 20 novels on exile and language, passed away in Athens on Monday.
Music. Howard Johnson, death of a jazz scout. Alongside Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Gil Evans or John Lennon, the American will have carried the colors of an instrument too often relegated to second place: the tuba. He died Monday, aged 79.
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CheckNews. Covid-19: Why is the variant detected in Japan of concern to the scientific community? Although it has only been identified in four people, this variant of Sars-CoV-2 has mutations suspected of increasing its contagiousness, but also its resistance to some of the antibodies developed by former Covid-19 patients.
Demonstration. Angry sports sectors: “The world of sport is dying”. For the fourth time since the start of the epidemic, athletes and sports hall managers met a stone’s throw from the National Assembly on Tuesday to protest against the precariousness of a sector which threatens to collapse.
“Terrorism”. Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther at the heart of the conflict between Cuba and the United States. The Trump administration on Monday placed the Castro Island on the blacklist of countries “supporting terrorism”. Due in particular to the asylum granted by Havana to Assata Shakur and other activists of the African-American cause.
Good news. Eugene Goodman, the much needed cop the United States. By drawing assailants away from the Senate entrance during the assault on Capitol Hill last week, the officer likely avoided a bloodbath.
Organized crime. In Italy, the ‘Ndrangheta at the heart of a maxi-trial. The Calabrian mafia, via the Mancuso clan, is at the center of the debates that start this Wednesday to judge the acts of one of the most powerful European criminal organizations.
Sciences. The Earth is accelerating, the days are shorter. Our planet has never spun so quickly in half a century. She went on a series of exceptionally fast rotations in 2020, breaking the record for the shortest day several times. And for the first time, she finished the year “ahead” of the reference time.
Chronic. Covid marries AIDS in a new research agency. A new organization was created on January 1, focused on research against AIDS and emerging diseases. But it has no clear budget or the presence of associations. Something to worry about the former director of the ANRS, François Dabis.
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