From Monday, primary school students drop the mask in 47 departments. The mask is over! Finally for the moment, and for students from CP to CM2 from 47 departments. The government has decided to lift this obligation in the areas least affected by Covid-19, but the teachers keep it. On September 22, the government spokesperson announced that the obligation would be lifted in the departments « Where the incidence rate stabilizes below the threshold of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants ». These departments thus pass to level 1 of the protocol which has 4. Are concerned by the end of the obligation: Aisne, Allier, Ardennes, Aveyron, Calvados, Cantal, Charente-Maritime, Corrèze, Côte-d’Or, Côtes-d’Armor, Creuse, Dordogne, Eure, Finistère, Gers, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Isère, Landes, Loir-et-Cher, Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Loiret, Lozère, Maine-et-Loire, Manche, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et -Moselle, Meuse, Morbihan, Nièvre, Orne, Pas-de-Calais, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Sarthe, Seine-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Somme , Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Vendée, Vienne, Vosges and Yonne.
Fumio Kishida appointed Prime Minister by the Japanese Parliament. 64-year-old Fumio Kishida was elected Prime Minister of Japan by parliament on Monday and was due to announce his government team in the wake of his election as president of the ruling party last Wednesday. Fumio Kishida won 311 votes in the Lower House of the Diet, against 124 votes for the main opposition leader, Yukio Edano. The upper house also widely voted for him with 141 votes, against 65 for Yukio Edano. The outgoing government led by Yoshihide Suga, 72, resigned en bloc in the morning. Yoshihide Suga is stepping down after barely a year in office, overcome by his unpopularity due to his handling of the health crisis and the maintenance of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics at all costs this summer.
Oil spill in California, « irreversible consequences on the environment ». Clearly, nothing spares California. As if the increasingly devastating fires were not enough, here is the American state facing an oil spill. The authorities were trying as best they could to contain this leak this Sunday, which already covers nearly 34 square kilometers and whose origin has not yet been determined. According to a local official, Katrina Foley, it could be a leak on an oil pipeline about five miles from the coast, south of Los Angeles.
UK public inquiry opens into unexplained Bugaled Breizh sinking. British justice is looking from Monday into the mysterious sinking of the Bugaled Breizh, a French trawler which sank in less than a minute in 2004 off England, taking its five crew members to the bottom. Almost 18 years after the tragedy, this public inquiry, scheduled until October 22 in London, nourishes the hope of the families of the five Breton sailors to finally know the truth. From the start, they believe the trawler sank after being hooked up by a military submarine. This hypothesis could never be confirmed by the French courts at the end of a very long, inconclusive procedure. During three weeks of hearings, the High Court will hear some forty testimonies – sailors, rescuers, maritime experts, soldiers – to try to explain the circumstances of this tragedy. The families of the victims are also invited to speak at the opening.
Bernard Tapie’s funeral on Friday at the Major of Marseille. Mass for the funeral of Bernard Tapie, who died of cancer on Sunday at his home in Paris, will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. in Marseille, at the Major, the cathedral of Sainte Marie-Majeure. The ceremony will be chaired by the Archbishop of Marseille, Mgr Jean-Marc Aveline. The former businessman, president of Olympique de Marseille in 1993 when the Olympian club won the first and for the moment the only French Football Champions League, will then be buried in the Mazargues cemetery, in the southern districts of Marseille (9th arrondissement).
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Visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the start of reconciliation? US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Paris for three days. He « Will also meet with its French counterparts in order to continue discussions on strengthening the vital relationship between the United States and France on a series of issues »US diplomacy spokesman Ned Price announced on Friday. The two countries have been cold since the United States overtook France in delivering submarines to Australia in mid-September.
The Bouches-du-Rhône under the threat of violent storms. Météo France has placed the Bouches-du-Rhône department on rain-flood red vigilance due to upcoming thunderstorms. They are accompanied by violent phenomena: rainfall intensities of around 40 to 60 mm in a short time, strong gusts of wind and hail. An improvement from the west is expected at the end of the day on Monday. Five departments are placed in orange vigilance: the Alpes de Haute-Provence, the Alpes-Maritimes, the Var, the Vaucluse and southern Corsica.
Who are the Nobel favorites this year? The Nobel Prize for Medicine launches the 2021 season on Monday. The Hungarian Katalin Kariko and the American Drew Weissman are considered nobelists for having paved the way for the messenger RNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, already injected to more than a billion people around the world to protect them from Covid-19. The Academy of Sciences, sometimes criticized for its tendency to crown very old discoveries, could also finally crown, at almost 90 years old, the lymphocite experts Max Cooper and Jacques Miller. Research on breast cancer (Mary-Claire King and Dennis Slamon) or fields such as antibiotic resistance or epigenetics are also mentioned by nobelologists. Physics will follow on Tuesday, chemistry on Wednesday, and literature on Thursday, with the economy bringing up the rear on the 11th.
Ethiopia: on human rights, « the UN has let itself be manipulated ». While seven representatives of the United Nations are expelled from Addis Ababa, « Liberation » reveals the behind the scenes of the commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Tigray in which the organization has agreed to participate. This overwhelming observation confirms the powerlessness of the international community in the face of the ongoing tragedy. To read here.
Low: “Voices are what brings us back to Earth”. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker continue their chaotic and tortured journey with « Hey What ». A thirteenth album with an abrasive sound designed during the Covid period, the now duo having regenerated themselves by playing online concerts every Thursday. To read here.
Niels Arestrup, declawed. The comedian who excels in the roles of metallic godfather and perverse patriarch, is a discreet late father, observing social rites from afar and not giving a damn about appearing at best. To read here.