Bioethics law adopted in the Assembly, fire in Anglet, coronavirus pandemic: the main news of this weekend

The news

Bioethics. After a sprint of less than a week and bitter debates, the National Assembly adopted in second reading the bioethics bill and its flagship measure of the opening of the PMA to all women, on Friday night. see you Saturday. The first major societal reform of the five-year term, the text was passed by 60 votes to 37 and 4 abstentions, to the applause of the majority. He still has to come back to the Senate, perhaps not before January 2021. Read our post.

TikTok. Donald Trump announced on Friday that he was going to ban in the United States the social network TikTok, very popular especially among adolescents, suspected by Washington of being able to be used by Chinese intelligence. A few hours earlier, the president assured that he was preparing to sign an official order to force ByteDance to separate from TikTok, which the parent company would be ready to do according to information from the New York Times. More info here.

Anglet fire. The fire that ravaged 165 hectares of forest and vegetation on Thursday as well as five houses in a forest in the heart of town in Anglet (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) is “Of human origin”, according to the initial findings of the investigation. “There was no lightning or electric wire that would have caused a spark”, Caroline Parizel, deputy prosecutor of Bayonne, told AFP.

Russia. Several thousand demonstrators braved the rain again on Saturday in Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East, to protest the arrest for murder of the popular governor of the region. For the fourth weekend in a row, demonstrators roamed the streets of this near-Chinese city, chanting slogans hostile to the Kremlin and supporting ex-governor Sergei Fourgal, arrested on July 9 and transferred to Moscow where he is imprisoned . Read the report from our correspondent in Moscow.

Tropical storm. Florida was swept by strong winds and heavy rain this Sunday as tropical storm Isaias approached, which should not regain hurricane status before hitting its east coast, according to US weather services. But the time remains for vigilance in this South American state, whose emergency services are already under strain because of an outbreak of cases of the new coronavirus. Isaias fell from Thursday in the US territory of Puerto Rico, where the body of a 56-year-old woman was discovered Saturday in a vehicle swept away by the waters.

WHO. The World Health Organization warned on Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “very long”. She believes that the risk posed by Covid-19 is very high. The coronavirus has infected at least 17 million people worldwide and killed more than 685,000, according to a count made by AFP from official sources. “This pandemic is a health crisis such as we only see in a century and its effects will be felt for decades to come”, declared Friday the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Belgium. Faced with the resurgence of cases, the country has banned its nationals “non-essential travel ‘ to the regions of Navarre, Barcelona, ​​Lérida in Spain, the cantons of Vaud, Valais and Geneva in Switzerland, Mayenne in France, the city of Leicester in the United Kingdom and several areas in Bulgaria and Romania. Those returning from these areas must go through quarantine and screening.

Foot. And a new title for PSG. At the end of the penalty shootout, the Parisian club offered Friday the last League Cup in history at the expense of Lyon (0-0 after extra time, 6-5 after penalties), which misses one of his last chances to qualify for a European Cup.

Cycling. Belgian Wout Van Aert won the Strade Bianche on Saturday, the first one-day race on the World Tour circuit since the season was interrupted at the end of Paris – Nice on March 15, 2020.

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Belarus. Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya took over from her husband, opponent Sergei Tikhanovsky, who was arrested on May 29. She says waking up in the morning now, “with fear in her stomach”. His interview.

Thailand. For two weeks, demonstrations of several thousand people have called for new elections, for the end of a system of police harassment, military omnipresence, and immunity from the powerful. A challenge that also affects the monarchy. From our correspondent in Bangkok.

Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, arrested several opponents and banned the anti-corruption protest scheduled to be held in the capital on Friday. Story.

LREM. François de Rugy, Christophe Castaner and Aurore Bergé are officially seeking the post of president of the LREM group at the Assembly. Verdict on September 10. Our article.

Higher Education. Covid epidemic but also increase in the number of students: the universities are preparing to reopen their doors in September, often digitally. Without additional resources, unions and university presidents fear a massive dropout. Our article.

Sexual violence against minors. In an interview with JDD, the Secretary of State for Child Protection, Adrien Taquet, says he wants to put an end to “impunity for sexual relations with minors ”. The commission will be launched in the fall. Our article.

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