Floods, health passes, Palme d’Or… The 5 things to remember from the weekend

Have you been off the news a bit in recent days? We summarize the main titles to remember from this summer weekend.

  • Nearly 114,000 demonstrators across France against the health pass and vaccination

Demonstration against the health pass in Paris, Saturday July 17, 2021.

From Paris to Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales) via Lyon (Rhône) or Quimper (Finistère), nearly 114,000 people demonstrated, according to the Ministry of the Interior, on Saturday July 17, against vaccination and the health pass, which will be required in many places from August. The three Parisian rallies brought together at least 18,000 people, including figures from the “yellow vests” and the extreme right. Other cities have seen processions with several thousand people, such as Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse or Strasbourg.

Read also Nearly 114,000 demonstrators across France against the health pass and vaccination

The demonstrations were punctuated by slogans hostile to Emmanuel Macron, described as “Dictator”, and the extension of the health pass, considered as a ” abuse of power “. At the same time, the latest figures from the epidemic show a sharp increase in cases of Covid-19 contamination in France, driven by the progression of the Delta variant. The situation is most worrying in the Pyrénées-Orientales; the authorities have reinstated the wearing of compulsory masks in public spaces, as well as the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 p.m.

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  • Germany realizes ‘devastation’ caused by floods

Angela Merkel, who came to see the damage caused by the floods, in Schuld, Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to see the devastated landscapes left by what she called the floods on Sunday ” of the century “ in Western Europe, which killed at least 190 people in Germany and Belgium, a death toll that grows every day with many people missing.

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“It’s a surreal and ghostly situation, I would almost say that the German language is struggling to find the words to describe the devastation that has been caused”, said the German Chancellor at a press conference, after having surveyed the affected village of Adenau. She promised that “The federal government and the regions will act together to gradually restore order” in devastated areas. Germany remains on the alert due to new floods, south and east. They have been dead in Bavaria since Saturday evening.

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  • Cannes Film Festival: French Julia Ducournau wins the Palme d’Or for her film “Titane”

French director Julia Ducournau receives the Palme d'Or for her film “Titane” on July 17, 2021 in Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival struck a blow on Saturday, crowning Julia Ducournau and her furiously contemporary work, Titanium – the Frenchwoman becoming the second director in the history of the festival to receive the Palme d’Or. Twenty-eight years later The Piano Lesson, by Jane Campion, first award-winning director, the jury chaired by Spike Lee comes to reward the youngest of the competition (37 years old). The New York filmmaker had also blundered by making this announcement when he was supposed to announce the award for male interpretation …

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Palme d’Or in her hands, Julia Ducournau warmly thanked the jury for “Recognized the greedy and visceral need we have for a more fluid and inclusive world”. “Thank you to the jury for calling for more diversity in our experiences in the cinema and in our lives and thank you also to the jury for letting the monsters in”, added the French director, a big fan of horror films, in tears on stage.

  • Tour de France: second coronation for Slovenian Tadej Pogacar

The winner of the Tour de France 2021, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, when he arrived on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on July 18, 2021.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE), outgoing winner, won the Tour de France for the second time on Sunday on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, after the 21e stage masterfully won by the Belgian Wout van Aert (Jumbo). The latter won in the final sprint at the expense of Briton Mark Cavendish, third on the stage.

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In the final standings, Pogacar beat the Dane Jonas Vingegaard and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, who were on the podium for the first time. Like last year, Pogacar has accumulated three distinctive jerseys: yellow (general classification), polka dots (mountain), white (young). He took off three stages, a time trial and two finishes at the top.

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  • “Project Pegasus”: revelations on the use of NSO Group spyware

It is a bewildering directory, in which we find a European head of state and two heads of government; men and women at the highest levels of power in a former Soviet Republic; dozens of opposition MPs from an African country; princes and princesses, business leaders, a few billionaires, ambassadors, generals. And then, also and above all, hundreds of journalists, lawyers, human rights activists.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers “Project Pegasus”: Revelations on a Global Phone Spy System

The world, a consortium partner of sixteen other newsrooms, had access to around 50,000 phone numbers – shared by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International – of potential targets of powerful spyware from the Israeli company NSO Group, called “Pegasus”, on behalf of ten governments. It turns out that many of these targets in civil society were indeed infected with Pegasus. The world and the consortium coordinated by Forbidden Stories were able to confirm the authenticity of the data by crossing them with several other sources and by identifying dozens of new victims of the software through extremely thorough technical analyzes on their mobile phones, thanks to experts at Amnesty International’s Security Lab.

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Covid-19 around the world. The Tokyo Olympics face the fear of an epidemic outbreak

Animal condition. France to ban crushing and gassing of male chicks in 2022

Video survey. How Beijing is imposing its military presence in the South China Sea

Disappearance. Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, author of one of Muhammad’s caricatures, is dead

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