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France to investigate 76 mosques suspected of ‘separatism’

Gérald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, has announced a crackdown on 76 mosques “suspected of separatism” that will be investigated and then closed if the government’s suspicions are confirmed.  The move against Muslim places of worship deemed to be fostering extremism follows a series of Islamist terror attacks in France, including the slaughter of three people […]

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Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Who Struggled to Transform France, Dies at 94 – The New York Times

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the modern-minded conservative who became president of France in 1974 vowing to transform his tradition-bound, politically polarized country, only to be turned out of office seven years later after failing to accomplish his goals or to shed his imperious image, died on Wednesday at his family home in the Loir-et-Cher area of […]

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Coronavirus latest: Amazon bows to demands to delay Black Friday offers in France

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans not to travel for the forthcoming Thanksgiving holiday, with officials warning they are “alarmed” about the recent rise in coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths. The public health body released new guidance recommending against all travel for the holiday next week. New York City will […]

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Coronavirus latest: France cuts 2021 growth forecast after second lockdown

Peter Wells in New York Maryland has ordered bars and restaurants to cease late-night in-person dining and tightened capacity limits on indoor gatherings as the state grapples with record daily coronavirus cases and strained hospital resources. Effective November 20, dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments will be required to close at 10pm, governor […]