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    France's Macron set for Covid test in local vote
    By Lucy Williamson BBC Paris correspondent


    Le Havre escaped the worst of the pandemic in France and the prime minister may do well in his local stronghold

    The crabs on Anne-Marie Darchen's fish stall move lazily across the white counter. The morning rush has died down in Le Havre's daily fish market, and a good number of those left milling around in the sun near the port are canvassing votes for Sunday's local election.

    Ms Darchen doesn't think much of the campaign so far. "Apart from talking about coronavirus," she says. "The rest? Pfff."

    Local elections aren't meant to be about national issues, but that's tough when your candidate is the prime minister.


    The prime minister faces a tough battle to regain his post as mayor in Le Havre

    Edouard Philippe's face - the face of France's battle with the pandemic - dominates the glossy leaflets being handed out to passers-by.


    Some people think [Mr Philippe] will use his power and work for us from above. But I don't think [his government] is helping the little people - Anne-Marie Darchen - Le Havre fishmonger

    There's been plenty of time for the pandemic to influence feelings here.

    France held the first round of voting three months ago as coronavirus took hold - a decision President Emmanuel Macron was widely criticised for. More than half of all voters avoided polling stations entirely.

    Abstention is still expected to be high for the run-off contests on Sunday, many of them in France's most important cities.

    What next for France's lockdown PM?

    The current centre-right mayor, Jean-Baptiste Gastinne, who's a running-mate for Edouard Philippe, told me the prime minister's handling of the coronavirus crisis had put the wind into the sails of the campaign.

    "We had a lot of cases in the east of France, then the virus travelled to Paris, and next it would have been Normandy," he said. "So for us, here in Le Havre, the lockdown arrived bang on time. There weren't too many cases, too many victims, and our hospitals weren't swamped like in other regions."

    That's all very well, say voters like Anne-Marie Darchen, but the problem with electing a prime minister as mayor is that "he won't be here".


    The president is rumoured to be considering a change of prime minister

    Mr Philippe has said that, if he wins on Sunday as he's predicted to, he won't take up the job until his role as prime minister comes to an end. That could mean waiting until 2022.

    Then again, says political analyst Bruno Cautres, he could be looking for work much sooner. President Macron is rumoured to want a change of prime minister, to signal a fresh start for the government, post-Covid-19.

    Why Macron has a dangerous decision to make

    "Edouard Philippe comes from the centre right," Mr Cautres explained. "And the opinion polls say that Macron is quite popular on the centre right, so it would be risky for him to say 'we have a good person, doing a good job, who's very popular - but I'm not keeping him'."

    The other danger for the president, he says, is that he looks like the man who's firing his deputy for being more popular.

    Mr Philippe's approval ratings nationally have risen strongly during the crisis - unlike those of President Macron, which have dipped.

    Bruno Cautres says the prime minister quickly found his role in the crisis as an "action man", whereas Mr Macron was seen as making big speeches but taking no action.

    "Normally in the French system the prime minister is a shield for the president," he says. "Today, it's maybe the opposite."

    Macron and his awkward alliances

    There are other problems for Mr Macron in this election, too.

    Le Havre is only the most prominent example of his party, La République En Marche (Republic on the Move), allying with centre-right candidates across the country.

    Mr Macron promised when he ran for office that his party - and his government - would bridge old political divisions by being both left and right. Not for the first time here, many feel the left has been left behind.

    In Toulouse, the heart of France's airline industry, La République En Marche (LREM) is supporting the centre-right coalition, Aimer Toulouse (Cherish Toulouse), against an alliance of left-wing and ecological parties called Archipel Citoyen (Citizen archipelago).

    Awkward, when the government is highlighting its green credentials and commitment to social justice.

    "Ecological issues don't belong to one party more than the other," said Jean-François Portarrieu, an MP with Mr Macron's party who's running in Toulouse. And flexibility in politics, of the kind he sees in LREM, is now more important than ever, he says: "Whatever you thought about the world six months ago, before the virus, you think differently now."

    How citizens' movements are picking up support

    Yellow vest activist Odile Maurin, who is running on the Archipel Citoyen list, is a political newcomer put forward as a candidate in a citizens' ballot. She signed up to "reach the people who don't vote and are disgusted with politics".

    "I consider LREM a right-wing party," she said. "[Their alliances] just confirm what I've thought for some time."


    Archipel Citoyen has drawn support from across the left and from green parties

    The government has imposed new, green reforms on airlines in France, in return for financial support during the coronavirus lockdown, and has run one of the world's most generous furlough schemes.

    But Ms Maurin dismisses the first as "green-wash", the second as a consequence of the government's mismanagement of the Covid crisis.

    Her list is currently running neck and neck with their centre-right/LREM opponent.

    Why Paris may be out of reach

    This election was meant to be a chance for LREM to put down roots across France.

    After years of protest at his economic reforms, there's pressure on President Macron to prove he's not just president of a rich, urban elite.


    Anne Hidalgo, the incumbent Socialist mayor, won the first round in Paris and is favourite to win again

    But the party created by Mr Macron four years ago has struggled to connect at a local level, even in the big cities.

    Paris, once seen as a glittering prize, seems to be responding to the party's candidate, Agnès Buzyn, with classic froideur.

    The former health minister is currently trailing in third place behind both the Socialists and the centre-right.


    The Macron party candidate is trailing in the polls for the Paris mayoral race

    "It's difficult to push our new ideas, our new way of government," she admitted during a coffee morning in the 17th arrondissement (district) this week.

    "The French are a bit pessimistic. They like to criticise, but in the end they'll recognise that a lot of work has been done."

    Eyes on another election

    After years of unrest and protest against President Macron's plans to reform France, a snub at the polls on Sunday would be another warning shot, two years from the next presidential race.

    The mood in France post-lockdown is one of cautious relief.

    The crowds reappearing on the streets here signal the return of trust, not resistance - at least for now.

    But coronavirus has left France facing one of Europe's worst recessions. And the effects of this virus can be unpredictable, for patients and for politicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post
    Heart of Darkness: 10 triệu người Congo chết vì một tội đồ diệt chủng lớn nhất.

    Belgium forced to reckon with Léopold's legacy and its colonial past
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-colonial-past
    "Ân hận vô cùng" vì sự tàn bạo của thời thực dân Bỉ. Nhưng dân Công gô muốn bồi thường thì chắc còn chờ đến tết... Công gô.

    Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' for brutal colonial rule
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/30/belgian-king-philippe-expresses-profound-regrets-for-brutal-colonial-rule

    King Philippe of Belgium has expressed his “deepest regrets” for acts of violence and brutality inflicted during his country’s rule over Congo, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo marks the 60th anniversary of its independence. The letter to the DRC president, Félix Tshisekedi, has been described as historic in the Belgian media, as it is the first time a Belgian king has expressed regret for the country’s colonial past, although it stops short of an apology.

    In the letter, the king writes of “painful episodes” of the two countries’ shared history, referring to the Congo Free State run by his ancestor, Léopold II, whose brutal exploitation of the territory is estimated by some to have caused the deaths of 10 million people, and has become the subject of fierce debate amid the Black Lives Matter protests.

    Without naming Léopold II, King Philippe writes: “During the time of the Congo Free State [1885-1908], acts of violence and brutality were committed that weigh still on our collective memory. The colonial period that followed also caused suffering and humiliations. I would like to express my deepest regrets for the wounds of the past, the pain of today, which is rekindled by the discrimination all too present in our society.”


    After Léopold II was forced to give up Congo as his private fiefdom in 1908, the Belgian state ran the country until 30 June 1960. Belgium ceded control of the vast territory soon after Patrice Lumumba, a charismatic independence leader, became Congo’s first democratic prime minister. Lumumba was assassinated in 1961 by Congolese rebels and Belgian army officers on the orders of the CIA, with the tacit support of the Belgian government.


    Martin Fayulu, a respected opposition politician in the DRC, said it was never too late to recognise past wrongdoing and called for reparations from
    Belgium. “If they recognise now what they did here, then that’s all to the good, but these can’t just be words because that’s what it’s fashionable to say at the moment. But that’s the past. It’s what they do now that matters.”
    It's only words and words are all you have
    To take your guilt away
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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post
    "Ân hận vô cùng" vì sự tàn bạo của thời thực dân Bỉ. Nhưng dân Công gô muốn bồi thường thì chắc còn chờ đến tết... Công gô.
    Có biết hối cải là có tiến bộ rồi. Cái thứ không biết phục thiện mới là lạc hậu. Nhiều khi dân Kongo chả cần Bỉ bồi thường. Bỉ nhỏ bằng bụm tay, có nền kinh tế lá cải, ủa lộn nền kinh tế khoai tây chiên mà có gì để bồi với thường. Tuy nhiên người ta cần nghe lời hối lỗi chắc là đã đủ.
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    Brexit hay Brit-in:

    UK ponders joining EU's coronavirus vaccine scheme
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...vaccine-scheme

    In what the Daily Express described as a “Brexit backtrack”, UK officials are thought to be considering the advantages of being part of the EU plan because the bloc would have greater purchasing power to strike deals with multinational drug companies.

    Whether the benefits would outweigh a broader political desire to cut ties with Brussels is reportedly still being evaluated.

    The European commission says its scheme is designed to drive “efficiency and solidarity”, ensure swift access to vaccines for member states and their populations, and make them available for everyone in the world.


    [UK reserves the right to be involved in all projects in the EU’s 2020 budget.]

    Cứ tiễn nhau ba dặm đường thế này thì chừng nào mới chia tay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post


    Cứ tiễn nhau ba dặm đường thế này thì chừng nào mới chia tay?
    Bovid đáng lý phải chạy theo níu áo Trâm.
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    "Sửa sai"




    Germany promises to atone for discrimination of gay soldiers

    The Defense Ministry says it wants to make good decades of discrimination against homosexual troops. Even after homosexual acts were made legal, LGBT+ soldiers were still long seen as a risk.



    Germany is planning to rehabilitate soldiers who were discriminated against in past years by being rejected for promotion or even fired from the army because of their homosexuality, the Defense Ministry announced.

    The ministry said it intends to present a draft bill in September to address the injustices done to those soldiers who had been subjected to punitive measures by military disciplinary courts.

    In some cases, gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender (LGBT+) soldiers have been disadvantaged with respect to their peers by receiving a lower salary or pension because they were refused promotions.

    A law preventing homosexuals from becoming professional soldiers or taking on tasks as superiors or leadership positions remained in force till July 3, 2000.

    According to the Defense Ministry website, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told groups representing LGBT+ personnel in the Bundeswehr in March that homosexual members of the German army had been unjustly treated for decades.

    "I am sorry for this practice, which was standard policy at the time. I apologize to those who had to suffer under it," she said.

    Long legal discrimination

    But Kramp-Karrenbauer said times had changed and the Bundeswehr as well. "Today, it is not about tolerance. It is about respect, appreciation and esteem. That is why it is important and right to come to terms with the past, initiate processes of change and open the Bundeswehr for a new way of thinking," she said.

    Homosexual acts among men were illegal in Germany up to the end of the 1960s, and soldiers could be found guilty by military tribunals of "unnatural sexual offenses." Such a verdict could lead to soldiers being demoted or fired, while in civilian courts homosexuals could be punished with up to five years' imprisonment.

    But even after the law against homosexual acts was completely removed from the penal code in 1994, the Bundeswehr continued to consider homosexuals a risk to military security.

    It was only in 2000 that lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers were officially permitted in the army and a decree introduced urging "tolerance" toward gays and other sexual minorities. Transgender people were allowed to serve openly from 2014.

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    Coronavirus: Spain puts area near Barcelona in new lockdown

    Some 200,000 people living in the northeastern Catalonia region have been given new stay-at-home orders. Spain's tourism and hospitality sectors are struggling to rescue what remains of the summer season.+

    "...
    Authorities in northeast Spain on Saturday ordered the lockdown of El Segria county around the city of Lleida, home to over 200,000 people, after health officials recorded a jump in 60 cases in 24 hours.
    ..."

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    Chỉ tăng có 60 trường hợp trong vòng 24 tiếng. Tây Ban Nha sợ bán nhà. Còn anh Trâm liệu làm gì với số người này nếu họ nhiễm trùng ta? Hối hạ viện cho tiền tập 4?






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    cho uống "2 lon" thôi.




    Drunk people cannot social distance, warns UK police chief

    Bars, pubs and restaurants have reopened in England prompting the public to gorge themselves. As large crowds gathered, one police chief warned that inebriated citizens proved they can't keep their distance.



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    Nếu biết giữ khoảng cách thì mấy người đó lái xe không có đụng tùm lum.

    Túy chạy ra đường quên giãn cách
    Cổ lai say khướt kỷ nhân ngồi
    (yên một chỗ)

 

 

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