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June 8, 2021 | Via Independent

French President Macron Slapped in Face

Two people have been arrested in southeast France after French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man in the crowd in Tain-l’Hermitage, BFM TV and RMC radio reported. A video clip circulating on Twitter shows a man in a green T-shirt and glasses shout “Down with Macronia” in French before slapping Macron’s face.

May 20, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Breast Implant Victims will Get Payouts After Court Ruling

Thousands of victims of the Pip breast implant scandal, including 540 British women, will receive compensation after a Paris appeals court ruling. The case in Paris was brought by 2,700 women who said they had suffered long-term health effects after receiving implants manufactured by a French firm which were filled with cheap, industrial-grade silicone not cleared for human use.

April 15, 2021 | Via BBC

France Urges Citizens to Leave Pakistan

France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country. In an email obtained by French news agency AFP, the country’s embassy in Pakistan warned of “serious threats to French interests in Pakistan”. Protests were sparked months ago after a French magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

April 12, 2021 | Via The Guardian

France to Ban some Domestic Flights where Train Available

French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights that can be made by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures. After a heated debate in the Assemblée Nationale at the weekend, the ban, a watered-down version of a key recommendation from President Emmanuel Macron’s citizens’ climate convention, was adopted.

April 8, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Macron to Close Elite School that Hothouses French Leaders

Emmanuel Macron is expected to officially announce on Thursday the closure of the École Nationale d’Administration, the elite French finishing school for the country’s leaders where he studied. Founded by Gen Charles de Gaulle in October 1945 with the idea of breaking the upper-class hold over France’s higher echelons, it has instead become a byword for an establishment elite that critics have accused it of encouraging groupthink.

April 1, 2021 | Via NBC News

Macron Orders Covid Lockdown Across All of France

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered France into its third national lockdown and said schools would close for three weeks as he sought to push back a third wave of Covid-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals. With the death toll nearing 100,000, intensive care units in the hardest-hit regions at breaking point and a slower-than-planned vaccine rollout, Macron was forced to abandon his goal of keeping the country open to protect the economy.

March 29, 2021 | Via BBC

French Pharmaceutical Firm Fined over Weight Loss Pill

A French drugmaker has been found guilty of aggravated deceit and involuntary manslaughter over a weight loss pill at the center of a major health scandal. The drug Mediator was developed for use in overweight diabetics and was on the market for 33 years. It was eventually withdrawn in 2009 over concerns it could cause serious heart problems. Hundreds of people are believed to have died as a result of the drug.

March 22, 2021 | Via AP News

Ikea France on Trial over Claims it Spied on Staff, Clients

Ikea’s French subsidiary and several of its former executives went on trial Monday over accusations that they illegally spied on employees and customers. Trade unions reported the furniture and home goods company to French authorities in 2012, accusing it of collecting personal data by fraudulent means and the illicit disclosure of personal information. The unions specifically alleged that Ikea France had paid to gain access to police files that had information about targeted individuals.

March 19, 2021 | Via Sky News

Paris and 15 other French Regions Go back into Lockdown

Sixteen regions of France – including Paris – have entered into a new lockdown, the country’s prime minister Jean Castex has announced. The measures will be in place for at least four weeks and will be less restrictive than those last March and November. Schools will remain open and outdoor activities will be allowed to go ahead within a 10km radius of a person’s home.

March 2, 2021 | Via Politico

France Allows AstraZeneca Vaccine for People over 65

The French authority for health (HAS) will recommend the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people of all ages, including people aged 65 and over, HAS announced Tuesday. In a statement, the HAS, which initially recommended the vaccine only for people under 65, cited “encouraging” preliminary results of a large-scale study on the impact of the vaccine on COVID-19 hospitalizations among the Scottish population as the reason for its change.

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