France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday. France’s national public health agency estimated last week that roughly 12 percent of hospital staff and around six percent of doctors in private practices have […]

Jesse Jackson to be awarded France’s Legion of Honour

Veteran American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson will on Monday be awarded France’s highest order of merit, the Legion of Honour, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said. “Jesse Jackson never stopped campaigning for peace, justice and fraternity. He is also committed to education and climate,” Macron’s office said Friday, adding that the ceremony would take […]

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Marine Le Pen’s far right defeated in local elections shunned by two thirds of French voters

Mainstream candidates delivered a stinging setback to Marine Le Pen’s far right on Sunday in a second round of regional elections that saw President Emmanuel Macron’s party suffer another drubbing at the polls. Le Pen‘s National Rally was once again thwarted in its ambition of winning a first region in elections marred by a woeful […]

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All eyes on Macron as hospitals chief warns of ICU saturation due to COVID-19 surge

Intensive care units at Paris hospitals will be packed with Covid-19 patients as soon as next week, the head of the region’s public hospital group warned Tuesday, ratcheting up expectations that President Emmanuel Macron could announce tougher measures to stem the surge in his Wednesday evening speech. As Europe experiences a sharp increase in Covid-19 […]

Fury in France as protesters slam Macron’s choice of interior minister accused of rape

Chanting “Impunity is Over!” or dancing against sexual violence, women’s rights activists protested Friday in multiple cities in France and abroad against President Emmanuel Macron’s appointment of a new interior minister who is accused of rape and a justice minister who has minimized the #MeToo movement. The actions started Friday morning in Dijon, where new […]

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End of COVID-19 lockdown serves up relief for Paris restaurants

Restaurant and cafe owners in Paris cheered their chance to get back to business Monday after the government said they could once again open their dining rooms, three months after being shut to blunt the coronavirus outbreak. The sooner-than-expected reopening for the Paris region was announced by President Emmanuel Macron late Sunday, shortly before officials reported just nine COVID-19 deaths […]

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