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France's new health pass rules raise questions as many scramble to adapt
"Thousands rushed to online medical appointment sites, like Doctolib, which had a record 926,000 people book their first dose within hours of Macron's address--a record for the site. Hundreds of thousands more continued to book jabs on Tuesday"
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French protesters clash with police on Bastille Day amid anger over Covid rules
"According to an Elabe opinion poll published Tuesday, the new safety measures have a large majority of approval amongst French people."
by Cat on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 08:14:42 PM EST
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Vaccination appointments booked since Macron's speech: 3.3 millions.

Protesters demonstrating in all French cities combined: ~16,000 to 18,000.

Yellow jacket protests from 3-4 years ago routinely put hundreds of thousand of people in the streets, for several Saturdays in a row.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:43:04 PM EST
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What Frida Ghitis, Amichai Stein, Noga Tarnopolsky,  Batya Ungar-Sargon, Pauline Bock, Ali Plumb, Molly Jong-Fast, and Bianna Golodryga have in common.
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 05:45:02 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron no `walking flower' -- images of French president buried in garlands fake
The many garlands put around Macron's neck covered him to his chest. However, images subsequently shared on social media showed the garlands covering his entire upper body, including his torso and arms, and reaching until his knees. The doctored images garnered thousands of retweets on Twitter.

But Macron was almost buried under garlands of flowers and seashells, this time when visiting the atoll of Manihi in the Tuamotu Archipelago (Euronews).

He also visited the Marquesas islands, an isolated archipelago 1300 km north of Tahiti :

Macron backs Marquesas UNESCO bid - Fiji Times

The French president Emmanuel Macron says he will endorse a bid by French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The archipelago has been lobbying for years to be part of France's UNESCO heritage.

Making the first presidential visit to the Marquesas, Mr Macron told the crowd at his reception to be proud to be Marquisian, Polynesian and French.


by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 08:13:16 PM EST
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The most important topic during Macron's visit to French Polynesia: the health effects of the 193 nuclear tests carried out on the atoll of Moruroa, between 1966 and 1996.

France owes a debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said France was in debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests that were conducted in the Pacific territory in the 1960s and 1970s.

Speaking in Papeete on Tuesday, Macron said: "I want to break the silence today to make the whole truth heard so it is shared and so the whole world knows exactly what was done and what was known, and what is known today. Everything, everything. I take responsibility and I want truth and transparency with you."

Paris carried out 193 nuclear tests, of which 41 were above the ground, at the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996 as part of its nuclear weapons development programme.

Macron added that France "owes a debt to French Polynesia", admitting that "we absolutely cannot say that they [nuclear tests] were clean - no".
New revelations

In March this year, a groundbreaking report revealed the extent of harm caused to the local population by the tests.

The study, called the Moruroa Files, took two years to be completed and was a collaboration between the French media NGO Disclose, British environmental justice research collective Interprt, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Science & Global Security programme at Princeton University.

Disclose: Moruroa Files

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:58:30 PM EST
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Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case
The magistrates of the financial crimes unit triggered by a legal complaint from a Renault shareholder.
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 04:03:53 PM EST
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Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case - France 24 EN
She is accused both of "passive corruption by a person holding an elective mandate" and of "benefiting from abuse of power" in relation to consulting work she did for Ghosn from 2010 to 2012, when she was also an MP in the European Parliament.

According to a source close to the investigation, Dati received 900,000 euros ($1.06 million) in lawyer's fees during that period.

The investigation is seeking to ascertain if this was purely for legal work or whether she was actually engaged in lobbying, which would be illegal for European lawmakers.

According to Le Monde newspaper, Dati's contract committed her to helping with Renault's international expansion, especially in the Middle East and northern Africa. Dati asked for the work to be kept strictly confidential, Le Monde said.

Le Monde (in French)

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:51:18 PM EST
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