Reconfinement envisaged, vaccination, vote in Portugal, repression in Russia … most of the news of the weekend

The news

Towards a re-containment? The pressure of the new variants of Covid-19 threatens France with a third confinement in less than a year, some sighted lights slowly but surely turning red since the start of the year. Reconfining, but when? The size of the hourglass varies depending on the newspaper and the speaker chosen. The Sunday newspaper thus ensures that “It’s just a matter of days” and that Emmanuel Macron could address the French on Wednesday, the evening of a new Sanitary Defense Council.

Vaccination in France. One million people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in France. Some European travelers will now be required to present a negative test to enter the country, from Sunday. The government, which still hopes to counter the growing pressure in hospitals and avoid a third confinement, had set for the end of January the goal of one million vaccinated. Follow our live.

Sexual violence against minors. “We are here. We’re listening to you. We believe you. And you will never be alone again. ” In a video posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, Emmanuel Macron addressed the victims of sexual violence against minors. “Shame today changes sides”, added the Head of State, welcoming that “Speech, everywhere in France, is free” and “The silence built by criminals and successive cowardice finally explodes”.

Demonstration. Between 1,000 and 2,000 people marched in Paris on Saturday to demand “The prohibition of dismissals”, an initiative of the CGT, the tour operator TUI joined by other unions and supported by leftist politicians, including LFI deputies.

Netherlands. Clashes with the police and looting broke out on Sunday in several cities across the country on the sidelines of protests against the curfew put in place since Saturday to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.

Russia. More than 2,000 people were arrested by the police in Russia on Saturday during demonstrations in favor of the opponent Alexeï Navalny, according to the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring demonstrations in the country. The biggest gatherings took place in the Russian capital and in the country’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, with some 20,000 participants each. Demonstrations also took place in dozens of other cities. Our report.

Portugal. Despite the explosion in the cases of Covid-19 and a new general confinement, the Portuguese began to vote on Sunday for a presidential election which must ratify the renewal of the incumbent candidate, the moderate conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. As all the polls predict the re-election of the current head of state in the first round, the suspense relates to the score of the far-right candidate André Ventura, who could create surprise by arriving second, in front of the former Socialist MEP Ana Gomes.

United States. The United States officially passed the 25 million Covid-19 case mark on Sunday since the start of the pandemic. Johns-Hopkins University, which is the reference, counted 25,003,695 people infected in the morning. More than 417,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the country. After a peak in the epidemic on January 12, the weekly average of new cases is starting to decline, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.

Disappearance. Recognized by his peers and adored by the American people, Larry King, host of the American talk show in his name, died this Saturday in California. His obituary.

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Tirelessly. For two months, doctors and nurses in intensive care have been experiencing an ever-high rate of daily admissions. Without the possibility of breathing out and with pain in the face of recurring deaths.

Cluster. More than 70 members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days at the Compiègne-Noyon hospital center, in the Oise. A worrying situation which reinforces the ill-being of caregivers.

Investigation. While Yuriy, the teenager lynched on January 15 is gradually coming out of a coma, investigators place this outpouring of violence in a context of rivalry between gangs. However, the precise motive of the brawl and Yuriy’s targeting remain unclear.

Vaccines. Many caregivers criticize the government’s inconsistent vaccination strategy.

Restart. At the beginning of January, the SNCF reopened, only on weekends, a TER link between Lille and Paris. For a journey that is twice as long, but much more affordable for young people and families.



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