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INVESTIGATION FRANCEINFO. "The majority of people were contaminated": from Corsica to overseas, how the evangelical gathering in Mulhouse spread the coronavirus throughout France

Contrary to initial estimates, not a hundred but at least a thousand faithful were contaminated after the evangelical gathering in Mulhouse last February. One of the main outbreaks of the virus that helped spread the disease throughout the country, reveals the investigation by Radio France's Investigation Unit.

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https://mobile.francetvinfo.fr/sante/ma ... 89133.html


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200,000 apply for France's 'agricultural army' as virus grounds migrants

Paris – More than 200,000 people have answered France’s call for idled workers to help crop and livestock farmers, desperate for extra hands as summer approaches, Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said Tuesday.

“Today we have more than 200,000 applicants, and we have 5,000 recruiters who are organizing the work,” Guillaume told France 2 television.

“We’re not going to make these people cross the country, they’re going to work near their homes, near farmers, but also in food industry, transport and logistics,” he said.

“It’s very important to make sure these products get to where they can be sold.”

Guillaume issued his appeal last month for a “great agricultural army,” amid a COVID-19 lockdown that has seen layoffs of tens of thousands of people as well as border closures that are depriving farmers of their usual force of migrant seasonal laborers.

The need for able bodies is urgent as harvests loom for asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes and other early season produce, and as livestock breeding begins in earnest.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/ ... o_Gky-RWhA

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France summons Chinese envoy after comments on coronavirus handling

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister summoned the Chinese envoy on Tuesday after the embassy published a second article on its website criticizing Western handling of the coronavirus crisis.

“Certain publicly voiced opinions by representatives of the Chinese embassy in France are not in line with the quality of the bilateral relation between our two countries”, Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement released by his ministry.

The latest comments on the embassy’s website, which in part suggested Western countries had left their pensioners to die in nursing homes, come after France ordered millions of masks from China to curb a shortage in the country.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKCN21W2TC

Outraged French lawmakers demand answers on 'fake' Chinese embassy accusations

PARIS (Reuters) - A diplomatic spat between France and China widened on Wednesday as members of the French Senate demanded answers at a hearing with the foreign minister as to why an article they said was fake and cast them in a bad light was still up on the Chinese embassy website.

The French language article, entitled “Restoring distorted facts - Observations of a Chinese diplomat posted to Paris”, first appeared on Sunday, the latest in a series of posts and tweets by the embassy that has defended Beijing’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, while criticising the West’s handling of the outbreak.

In the post, an unnamed diplomat suggests that careworkers in Western nursing homes - using the French term EHPAD - had abandoned their jobs, leaving residents to die. It came just days after France had raised its death toll substantially to include nursing homes.

The diplomat also suggested that some 80 French lawmakers had co-signed a disparaging statement about World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and had accused Tedros, an Ethiopian, of pro-Chinese bias.

“The WHO has been the subject of a real siege on the part of the Western countries, some even launching ad-hominem attacks against its Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,” the article on the website says.

“The Taiwanese authorities, supported by more than 80 French parliamentarians in a co-signed declaration, even used the word ‘negro’ to attack him. I still do not understand what could have gone through the heads of all these French elected representatives.”

Reuters could not find any evidence French lawmakers backed such a declaration nor that Taiwanese authorities used this word to insult Tedros.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said the Chinese embassy was creating fake news.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... 1X30C?il=0

Preemptive Chinese move in advance of coming criticism?

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Everyone thinks they have a "get out of jail free card" right now.


Thanks Obama!.
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Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Ghebreyesus ... a name to conjure with ... Ghebreyesus

It is, of course, Amharic for "Cow Udder"
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Perhaps you'll have to click to see the subtitles.

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Beau. Maintenant, faites-le avec une souris. :mrgreen:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Beau. Maintenant, faites-le avec une souris. :mrgreen:
That would be "bien", not "beau".

Or are you so Greek that you make no distinction between beauty and goodness? :)

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Witness wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:45 am
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Beau. Maintenant, faites-le avec une souris. :mrgreen:
That would be "bien", not "beau".

Or are you so Greek that you make no distinction between beauty and goodness? :)
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I was going for a typical New York City sarcastic "beautiful".

ed can explain.

I'm not surprised the French lack the subtlety of the Bronx. :p
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:47 am
I was going for a typical New York City sarcastic "beautiful".
Give me the Bronxian sentence and I'll translate to the best of my abilities. :)

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Witness wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:39 am
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:47 am
I was going for a typical New York City sarcastic "beautiful".
Give me the Bronxian sentence and I'll translate to the best of my abilities. :)
The first word is said in a tone of voice dripping with sarcasm.

Beautiful. Now try it with a mouse. :wink:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:00 am
The first word is said in a tone of voice dripping with sarcasm.

Beautiful. Now try it with a mouse. :wink:
« Magnifique ! [Also dripping with sarcasm.] Et maintenant une souris. » (The "with" would be implicit.)

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Merci beaucoup.
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Daily deaths in France. 2003: heatwave. 2020: temporary data.

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France is barring firms registered in offshore tax havens from its government coronavirus bailout, following similar bans in Denmark and Poland
  • France plans to block firms registered in tax havens from accessing the state bailout fund.
  • "If a company has its tax headquarters or subsidiaries in a tax haven, I want to say with great force, it will not be able to benefit from state financial aid," the country's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, told the France Info radio station on Thursday.
  • Last Saturday, Denmark had enforced a similar measure, following the lead of authorities in Poland in early April.
  • France has allocated 110 billion euros, or $108 billion, to save its businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
https://www.businessinsider.com/france- ... ible-020-4

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Riots again, shades of 2005?

“In a fourth night of violence and vandalism, on Tuesday evening a primary school was partially destroyed by fire in a north-west suburb of Paris and police in another district said fireworks had been aimed at them.

In Toulouse several rubbish bins and cars were set alight, and incidents were also reported in Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Versailles and Lyon.

The unrest spread after a trail motorbike ridden at speed on Saturday evening, by a man not wearing a helmet, hit the door of a police car, which was stationary at a red traffic light in the suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne. ”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... ike-police

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I thought being paid to sit home was normal for the French, so why the fuss?

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