France

France

Country with territory in Europe and several overseas regions and territories

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2019

Any digital company with revenue of more than €750m of which at least €25m is generated in France - will now be subject to the tax, which will be retroactively applied from early 2019.

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By ALEX TURNBULL, Associated Press
September 26, 2020
Houston Chronicle
ARGENTEUIL, France (AP) - France's COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of this public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Tube after tube arrive with new nasal swabs, now about 240 per day. And the lab director struggles to obtain enough reagents to keep up with escalating demand. More than 1 million of France's 67 million people took a virus test over the past week, putting labs like this under growing strain. Getting a virus test in Paris this month has involved long waits, both to be tested and to receive the result, complicating authorities' efforts to trace the epidemic in real time. "Since Aug. 15, we're seeing a constant increase in the number of positive patients," Laurence Courdavault, head of the Argenteuil hospital's medical biology department, said Friday. "The staff is tired and in particular the technicians who work in this department. Honestly, they're exhausted," Courdavault told The Associated Press as she glided through the corridors of the sprawling 1990s-era complex 10 kilometers (six miles) northwest of Paris. In a careful ballet accompanied by the quiet hum of machines, masked lab technicians disinfect, sort and label the samples with bar-code stickers, and robotic arms guide them through automated molecular platforms beneath tinted-glass hoods, used to reach into the samples' genetic material. While France suffered testing shortages early in the pandemic, ramped-up testing since this summer has helped authorities track a rising tide of infections across the country. More than 15,000 new cases were reported Friday, and the Paris hospital system is starting to delay some non-virus surgeries to free up space for COVID-19 patients. The government is shutting all restaurants and bars in the...
Helen Sullivan
September 25, 2020
the Guardian
A queue for coronavirus tests outside a Laboratory in Paris on 22 September 2020 in Paris, France. Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images
By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press
September 24, 2020
Houston Chronicle
LONDON (AP) - Britain bungled its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it's about to do it again. The virus is on the rise once more in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed daily infections hitting a record-high 6,634 on Thursday, though deaths remain far below their April peak. The surge has brought new restrictions on daily life, the prospect of a grim winter of mounting deaths - and a feeling of deja vu. "We didn't react quick enough in March," epidemiologist John Edmunds, a member of the government's scientific advisory committee, told the BBC. "I think we haven't learnt from our mistake back then and we're, unfortunately, about to repeat it." The U.K. is not alone in seeing a second wave of COVID-19. European countries including France, Spain and the Netherlands are struggling to suppress rising outbreaks while limiting the economic damage. But Britain's pandemic response has revealed a roster of weaknesses, including unwieldy government structures, a fraying public health system, poor communication by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and a reluctance to learn from other countries. "We have to ask why a country with such reputed health and intelligence institutions has been so incapable of combating the COVID pandemic," Gus O'Donnell, the former head of Britain's civil service, said Thursday. He said British politicians had "over-promised and under-delivered." Like many other countries, apart from Asian nations hit by past outbreaks of the SARS and MERS coronavirus illnesses, Britain was unprepared for the pandemic. Britain quickly approved a test for COVID-19, but lacked the lab capacity to process those tests. That meant attempts to locate,...
Helen Sullivan
September 10, 2020
the Guardian
An employee sanitises lockers in the hallways amid coronavirus pandemic at Sheiko Elementary School in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, US, 9 September 2020. Photograph: Emily Elconin/Reuters
Jessica Murray (now); Haroon Siddique, Amy Walker and Helen Sullivan (earlier)
September 9, 2020
the Guardian
A health worker, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a testing site in Paris. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Peter Walker and Simon Murphy and Ian Sample
September 8, 2020
the Guardian
Starmer said that while he accepted the full return of schools would bring some risks of higher infection levels, ministers should have got the testing system properly operational beforehand. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA
Devi Sridhar
September 8, 2020
the Guardian
Passengers at Waterloo station, London, September 2020. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters
Helen Sullivan
September 8, 2020
the Guardian
Christian volunteer Sagai Nair (L) and volunteers from a Muslim group dig a grave for a coronavirus victim during a funeral at a cemetery in Pune, India on 7 September 2020. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images
Jon Henley in Paris
September 7, 2020
the Guardian
EELV's general secretary, Julien Bayou, at the party's summer gathering in Pantin near Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty
Helen Sullivan
September 4, 2020
the Guardian
A city health worker takes a rest during a coronavirus test program that aims to administer 20,000 tests in Rio de Janeiro's poor neighbourhoods, at Morro da Providencia favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3 September, 2020. Photograph: Silvia Izquierdo/AP
Jon Henley
September 3, 2020
the Guardian
A third of €100bn post-Covid package to be used for greener future, but critics say it falls short
Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool
September 2, 2020
New Scientist
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
Press Trust of India
September 2, 2020
@bsindia
France strongly supports India and the G4 in their bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UNSC, French Ambassador to India Emmaneul Lenain said in a tweet
Jamie Johnson
September 2, 2020
The Telegraph
At least 100 people were brought into Dover on Wednesday morning, packed aboard Border Force patrol vessels and sitting on lifeboats.
IANS
September 2, 2020
@bsindia
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 25.6 million, while the deaths have increased to over 855,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University
Jon Henley
September 1, 2020
the Guardian
Children and relatives, wearing face masks, wait to enter the Heembeek primary school on the first day of term in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP
AP
September 2, 2020
@bsindia
The announcement on Tuesday came on the eve of the first trial for the January 2015 attacks against Charlie Hebdo and, two days later, a kosher supermarket
Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool
September 1, 2020
New Scientist
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
Mike Butcher
September 1, 2020
TechCrunch
Four years after the Great Recession, France's newly elected socialist president François Hollande raised taxes and increased regulations on founder-led startups. The subsequent flight of entrepreneurs to places like London and Silicon Valley portrayed France as a tough place to launch a company. By 2016, France's national statistics bureau estimated that about three million native-born [...]
IANS
September 1, 2020
@bsindia
The US accounted for the worlds highest number of cases and deaths at 6,028,617 and 183,579 respectively, according to the CSSE
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