Vaccination campaign in France, storm Bella, presidential election in Niger … The news of this weekend

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Vaccines. The French vaccination campaign against Covid-19 was launched Sunday in two hospitals for the elderly in Sevran, then Dijon, where residents and caregivers received the first doses of the vaccine. “I am touched”, said the first French vaccine, Mauricette, a 78-year-old former household helper. Emmanuel Macron welcomed the start of the campaign, which took place simultaneously in most of the countries of the European Union. Find all the news of the epidemic on our direct.

Confinement. In an interview published today in Le Journal du Sunday, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, raised the possibility of a third confinement depending on the epidemic situation. “We never rule out measures that may be necessary to protect populations. It does not mean that we have decided, but that we observe the situation hour by hour ”, he said, stressing that the circulation of the virus remains important. Our article.

Variant. The British mutation of Covid-19 is spreading all over Europe and reached France this weekend: a first case has been formalized by the Ministry of Health in Tours. Other cases have been reported since Friday in Spain or Italy, while Denmark, Germany or Belgium had previously identified. A Jordanian couple returning to their country after a trip to the United Kingdom were carrying the new variant, the Jordanian Minister of Health announced on Sunday.

Severe weather. Storm Bella, which has affected the Franche since the night of Saturday to Sunday, has caused and still causes multiple incidents. The bad weather is moving and is now affecting the east of France, having hit the north and west earlier in the day. A little more than 34,000 homes were without electricity on Sunday at 6 p.m., mainly in Alsace and Franche-Comté, according to Enedis, the operator of the distribution network, contacted by Release. Météo France has placed eight departments on orange vigilance until Monday afternoon. All our information on this storm.

Niger. Nigeriens are being called to the polls to elect the successor of President Mahamadou Issoufou. In the capital Niamey, traditionally won over to the opposition, the vote took place peacefully this Sunday morning. Our report.

Curfew. Four people suspected of having organized clandestine parties despite the curfew were taken into police custody overnight from Saturday to Sunday for “endangering the lives of others”, we learned from a source police officer and with the Paris prosecutor’s office.

United States. President Donald Trump still had not ratified on Sunday the new $ 900 billion economic stimulus plan adopted on Monday by forceps by Congress, a situation that plunged into the precariousness of millions of Americans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic .

Disappearance. Choreographer Ousmane Sy, co-director of the Center Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne (CCNRB) and “figure of the international hip hop scene”, has died at the age of 40, the CCNRB announced on Sunday.

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Brexit. Getting out of Erasmus, the odd calculation in London. The United Kingdom has decided to withdraw from the European youth mobility program at the start of the 2021 academic year. The less well off should pay the price.

Sail. Vendée Globe: in the middle of nowhere, the “point Nemo”. Named after the captain of the “Nautilus”, it is the most distant point of the globe from all land. When the sailors of the Vendée Globe have crossed its latitude, it will begin to feel the return home. This point is also a cemetery where many spaceships come to die.

LIBERATION with AFP

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