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The hospitals of Mulhouse and Colmar launch their “white plan”. Already severely tested by the Covid-19 epidemic during the first wave in 2020, of which Mulhouse was the epicenter, the two Haut-Rhin establishments of Colmar and Mulhouse are once again “Faced with a rapid evolution of the epidemic”, they indicate. On Wednesday evening, they launched their “White Plan”. The Haut-Rhin Samu recorded an increase in calls linked to covid, with “More than 20% of daily calls” which concern this pathology, according to the same source. According to the latest figures from the CovidTracker site, the incidence rate in Haut-Rhin reached 410 against 311 for France.
School harassment: the National Assembly votes a new offense. “Define a clear prohibition” and provoke “A shock in society” : The unanimous National Assembly voted on Wednesday to create a new offense of school bullying, a phenomenon against which the public authorities intend to strengthen their response. Almost one in ten students would be affected by bullying every year. The flagship measure of the majority’s bill consists in the creation of a specific offense of school harassment which will be punishable by three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros. Read the interview with MP Erwan Balanant, at the origin of the bill.
Germany towards a new turn of the screw, before the vaccination obligation. Berlin will decide on additional restrictions on Thursday against the virulent fourth wave of infections, including possible closings of bars and other public places. After a first round of discussions Tuesday, Angela Merkel, her announced successor, Olaf Scholz and the leaders of the 16 regions of the country meet again Thursday to refine their arsenal of measures. If the health situation has seen a timid improvement in recent days, it remains globally alarming, with tens of thousands of additional cases every day, an incidence of over 440 and many hospitals close to saturation. Our article.
The referendum is being prepared in New Caledonia. More than 250 delegates from an ad hoc control commission landed in Noumea on Wednesday evening to ensure the sincerity and regularity of the third referendum on the independence of New Caledonia on December 12, said the high commission of the Republic. Arrived by a specially chartered flight, these delegates – officials of prefectures or judicial and administrative magistrates – will be distributed to all the polling places. They will be in all 260, 252 arrived from Metropolitan France and 8 recruited locally. A United Nations expert mission is also present to oversee this referendum, which will ask the 185,004 Caledonian voters the question: “Do you want New Caledonia to gain full sovereignty and become independent?”
Peng Shuai case: WTA gives up on China, whatever the cost. The Women Tennis Players’ Association (WTA) announced the suspension of women’s tennis tournaments in China on Wednesday. “Whatever the financial consequences” in support of the player Peng Shuai who accused a former Chinese Communist leader of sexual abuse, a measure hailed by several champions of the discipline, including Billie Jean King and Novak Djokovic. In a particularly virulent statement, WTA President Steve Simon announced a strong measure from his body and called on the “World leaders”to follow him. He added to be “Very worried about the risks that all our players and staff would take if we organize tournaments in China in 2022 […] The leaders of China have left no choice to the WTA “. More info here.
To be continued today
LR nominates its two finalists for the presidential nomination. End of the suspense for LR members who will know this afternoon the names of the two finalists still in the running for the right-wing investiture for 2022. Which of Michel Barnier, Xavier Bertrand, Eric Ciotti, Philippe Juvin or Valérie Pécresse will compete in final? Members have until 2 p.m. to vote in the first round, organized in a paperless fashion. Once the electronic ballot boxes have opened in the presence of a representative of each candidate, the results will be announced at 2:30 p.m. by party president Christian Jacob.
European tribute to Giscard d’Estaing one year after his death. French President Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders are expected at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday, one year to the day after the death of former President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, to celebrate the memory of this “Great European”. The ceremony, initially scheduled for the anniversary of his birth, February 2, was delayed by ten months due to the health situation. It will therefore finally take place a year after his death from Covid-19, on December 2, 2020 at the age of 94.
Debt in Gaza: “I dream of sleeping in peace, without appeal from the creditors”. In fifteen years of blockade and four wars with Israel, the enclave has seen its two million inhabitants slowly sink into debt. It drives fathers of families to prison, entrepreneurs to bankruptcy. No solution seems to be emerging for the moment. From our special envoy to Gaza.
“Now is the right time to panic”: meeting with the philosopher Timothy Morton. An ecological philosopher reflecting backwards from a wonder in the face of nature, Timothy Morton invites us to reconsider the place of humans in a world without hierarchy or benchmarks. A thought that is both pessimistic and cheerful. “Libé” met him, while two of his books appear in French. Read the interview.
Valérie Donzelli, laughing sister. The actress-filmmaker returns with a whirlwind series in which she questions motherhood and sorority, with frank freedom. His portrait.