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Death of Sean Connery, reconfinements in Europe, wounded Orthodox priest… The six things to remember from the weekend


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Did you take time off for the weekend? No problem, here are the main news to remember from Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1er November.

  • Sean Connery, James Bond’s first film performer, dies aged 90

After half a century on the screens, Sean Connery is dead, announced his family to the BBC, Saturday October 31. He was 90 years old.

He was called Bond. James Bond. He was not the only one to have borne this name, however, and he had worn many others: epic (King Arthur, Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart), famous (William Forrester, Guillaume de Baskerville and Henry Jones), sometimes cursed (Zed in the disastrous Zardoz, Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). But if there was only one left, it would be his first major role: James Bond, Secret Agent 007 on Her Majesty’s Secret Service of England.

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  • Covid-19: while Europe is reconfiguring itself, anti-restriction demonstrations are deconfining

Spanish police officers block access to Puerta Del Sol square in Madrid during a protest against the curfew on October 31.

Once again hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, European countries are announcing new restrictions or restoring confinement, sparking a rise in the impatience of their populations or an open revolt, as in Spain and Italy, where demonstrations are increasing.

Across Europe, the number of additional recorded cases jumped 41% in one week, accounting for half of the cases reported in the past seven days worldwide. A surge in cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals and has prompted governments to once again restrict the freedom of movement of their citizens and shut down entire swathes of the economy, especially in culture and commerce.

European countries are the third most affected region with 10.4 million cases, behind Latin America and the Caribbean (11.3 million cases) and Asia (10.5). Globally, more than 46 million human beings have been affected, of which nearly 1.2 million have lost their lives.

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  • Reconfinement: elected officials from large cities demand a “solution” for local shops

In Lille, October 30.

More than fifty mayors and presidents of large urban agglomerations asked, Saturday, October 31, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, to “Work quickly on a solution” for local shops. A request which aims in particular to defend bookstores, closed due to confinement.

Faced with criticism, the government could take more restrictive measures for supermarkets. Jean Castex could thus announce, Sunday evening, the closure “Shelves of products that are not essential”, announced the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, on BFM-TV.

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This is the prime minister, who will intervene at 8 p.m. on Sunday TF1, which must carry out this arbitration for “Restore fairness” with small businesses, said Mr. Le Maire. It could be, according to him, accompanied by a hardening of “Gauges” customers in supermarkets, ie the number of people admitted at the same time.

  • Orthodox priest seriously injured by gunshot in front of his church in Lyon

Investigators present in front of the Greek Orthodox Church in Lyon, where the attack on a priest took place, Saturday, October 31.

Saturday October 31, around 4 p.m., near the Greek Orthodox Church located rue Père-Chevrier in Lyon, an Orthodox archpriest, who was in the process of closing his church, was attacked by a single man. The latter opened fire twice, before fleeing, according to a police source at World. The priest has been injured, his life is in danger.

Shortly after the events, the interior ministry reported an intervention of the security forces in the 7e district of Lyon, calling on the population to avoid the Jean-Macé sector. In Paris, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, opened a crisis unit at Place Beauvau. Saturday evening, the national anti-terrorism prosecution had not been seized.

The custody of the man arrested on Saturday was lifted, Sunday 1 reported.er November the floor. “In the state of the investigations carried out by the investigators, nothing allows (…) to involve him in the commission of the facts ”, explained the prosecution, adding also that the state of health of this man was not compatible with police custody.

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  • Tensions in Côte d’Ivoire in the aftermath of a presidential election marked by violence, the opposition calls for a “civil transition”

Ivorians vote for the presidential election in Abidjan on October 31.

The atmosphere remained tense, Sunday 1er November, in Côte d’Ivoire, the day after a presidential election boycotted by the opposition and marked by clashes. In the afternoon, the Ivorians were still waiting for the official results and the turnout.

The total toll of violence, which has been numerous in the southern half of the country, was not immediately known. From a safe source, there are at least two deaths, “One in Oumé [260 km au nord-ouest d’Abidjan] and at least one in Tiébissou [Centre]. The mayor of Tiébissou, Germain N’Dri Koffi, for his part reported “Four dead and twenty-seven wounded” in his town.

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Ouattara, 78, who is expected to win in the first round due to the opposition boycott of the ballot, called for calm on Saturday. Opposition parties called on Sunday “At the start of a civil transition in order to create the conditions for a fair, transparent and inclusive presidential election”, said ex-Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, who was one of the four presidential candidates, on behalf of all the opposition. Around 30 people have died in violence since the announcement in August of President Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy for a third term that the opposition judges “Unconstitutional”.

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  • Swiss journalist Darius Rochebin, presenter on LCI, accused of sexual assault

“I am shocked by the malicious account published by the newspaper Time… ” Through the voice of his lawyer, Darius Rochebin responded, Saturday, October 31, afternoon, in a letter sent to Agence France-Presse, to which The world had access, to the accusations gathered against him by the Swiss daily and published in the morning.

Long and detailed, the investigation accumulates testimonies, all anonymous, of men and women who have had to know inappropriate actions on the part of the former star presenter of RTS. “I have never been the subject of a complaint, defends the latter. I have never had an unwanted or illicit relationship. “ Darius Rochebin will not be back on LCI’s antenna at the beginning of November: he has “Asked the channel to be released for a few days to be with his family” remained in Geneva, he said, and “Work with his council”, adds TF1.

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