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More than 900,000 people in France rush for COVID vaccine as tougher measures near

More than 900,000 people in France rush for COVID vaccine as tougher measures near

COVID-19, France, HEALTH, VACCINE
Unveiling sweeping measures to combat a surge in infections, Emmanuel Macron said vaccination would not be compulsory for the general public for now but stressed that restrictions would focus on those who are not vaccinated. The president said health workers had to get vaccinated by Sept. 15 or face consequences. Stanislas Niox-Chateau, who heads Doctolib, one of the country's biggest online websites used to book vaccine appointments, told RMC radio there were record numbers seeking vaccines after the president's announcement. "There were 7.5 million connections on Doctolib in a few minutes. More than 900,000 French people made their vaccination appointment yesterday, which is twice the last record which dated from May 11," Niox-Chateau said. Macron said on Monday that a h...
Sergio Henao Finishes Top 20 as Le Tour Enters Andorra on Stage 15

Sergio Henao Finishes Top 20 as Le Tour Enters Andorra on Stage 15

CYCLING, France, GAMES, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, RACING, Sports
Sergio Henao was one of the first 8 riders to go clear before another 24 riders came across to the front groupANDORRA, France, July 12, 2021/APO Group/ --   Sepp Kuss (Team Jumbo-Visma) won stage 15 of the Tour de France, being the strongest out of large breakaway to go solo to the line in Andorra la Vella. Stage 15 of the Tour de France was another difficult climbing day as the peloton had to cover 191km, including 4 categorised climbs. A fast start on a small climb saw a big breakaway group go clear in the opening kilometers. Sergio Henao was one of the first 8 riders to go clear before another 24 riders came across to the front group. Groupama-FDJ had numbers in the front group and so they took control of the pace and pushed the lead out to over 9’00”, ahead of the ye...
Another big day for the break at Le Tour on stage 14

Another big day for the break at Le Tour on stage 14

CYCLING, France, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Sports, WORLD
QUILLAN, France, July 10, 2021/APO Group/ --  Stage 14 of the Tour de France was another tough climbing day, as riders made their way from Carcasonne to Quillan over 183km Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won stage 14 of the Tour de France, going solo to the line from 40km out to take an impressive win. Stage 14 of the Tour de France was another tough climbing day, as riders made their way from Carcasonne to Quillan over 183km. Once again it was an explosive start to the stage as just about every rider in the race had a go at trying to make the breakaway. Sean Bennett and Sergio Henao were very active for Team Qhubeka NextHash but the battle for the break went on for 90km. Eventually it was 10 riders that finally got a gap on an exhausted peloton. The climbs came thi...
Bennett animates Le Tour stage 13 in breakaway

Bennett animates Le Tour stage 13 in breakaway

CYCLING, France, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Sports
CARCASSONNE, France, July 9, 2021/APO Group/ --  Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won stage 13 of the Tour de France, sprinting to the win in Carcassonne. Stage 13 of the Tour de France was another long transitional stage, covering 220km of the Southern France countryside. The stage got off to another fast start with a number of riders again looking to make the break. Team Qhubeka NextHash were once again very active and were rewarded for their efforts when American, Sean Bennett made the break of the day. Only two other riders joined Bennett on the attack, and so it was set to be a long and hard day under the baking sun for the trio. They managed to force open a lead of 4-minutes at one point but the peloton easily had the gap under control. With a bit of wind a...
Mixed feelings over French Barkhane force exit from Africa’s Sahel

Mixed feelings over French Barkhane force exit from Africa’s Sahel

AFRICA, France, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, TERROR, WAR, West Africa
Although France officially declared the end of the military presence of its seven-year Barkhane operation in Africa's Sahel region -- decreasing its over 5,000 troops in the coming months, it appears that its forces are still being confronted by further Islamist extremist threats. The same violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State in the Sahel that saw the international anti-terrorism partner offensive in the area come about, to begin with. Colonel Stephane Gouvernet, battalion commander for France's recent Equinoxe mission in northern Mali, said jihadists there were trying to impose Sharia law, enforce a dress code, and ban young children from playing football. "We were witness of the presence of the enemy trying to impose Sharia law, denying young children to play f...
President Kenyatta received by French counterpart Macron in Paris

President Kenyatta received by French counterpart Macron in Paris

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, France, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, KENYA, POLITICS, WORLD
PARIS, France 1st July 2021 (PSCU) -President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning met his French host Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris during which the leaders discussed several bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and France. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning met his French host Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris during which the leaders discussed several bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and France. President Kenyatta was accompanied to Elysee Palace by Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo, his Infrastructure counterpart James Macharia and Kenya's envoy to France Prof Judi Wakhungu. President Kenyatta and his French host discussed the progress of key France supported infrastructure projects in Kenya i...
President Uhuru Kenyatta during opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris

President Uhuru Kenyatta during opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, France, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today joined World Leaders during a panel discussion at the opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris, France. GEF is a global gender equality gathering convened by UN Women and co-hosted by Mexico and France. President Kenyatta, who is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), James Macharia (Infrastructure), and Prof Margaret Kobia (Gender), is in Paris on a two-day Official Visit during which he is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

CANADA, France, G7, G7 SUMMIT, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, JAPAN, POLITICS, POWER, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN, UK, USA, WORLD
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.  They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission. Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

AFRICA, African Union, CRIME, CRISIS, France, MALI, PRESIDENT, TERROR, TERRORISM, WAR, West Africa
A "profound transformation" of the presence in the Sahel of the French military Barkhane forces. This will include the closure of French army bases and the establishing of the international anti-jihadist alliance, as announced on Thursday by the president of France Emmanuel Macron. "We will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel, the modalities and timetable of which will be specified in the coming weeks, I will do so by the end of June, and I will initiate this work in the coming days. "It will involve the transition to a new framework, that is to say, the end of the operation Barkhane, as an external operation for the implementation of an operation of support. "Support of cooperation to the arms of the countries of the region that wish it, a...
France’s Macron Admits Some Guilt For Rwanda’s Genocide

France’s Macron Admits Some Guilt For Rwanda’s Genocide

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, France, PAN AFRICA, Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda — In a key speech on his visit to Rwanda, French President Emmanuel Macron said he recognizes that France bears a heavy responsibility for the 1994 genocide in the central African country. Macron solemnly detailed how France had failed the 800,000 victims of the genocide but he stopped short of an apology. France "was not an accomplice" in the genocide but ended up siding with Rwanda's "genocidal regime" and bore an "overwhelming responsibility" in the slide toward the massacres, the French leader said, speaking Thursday at the genocide memorial in the capital, Kigali. "France has a role, a history and a political responsibility in Rwanda. It has a duty: That of looking history in the face and recognizing the suffering that it inflicted on the Rwandan people by...
France suspends joint military operations with Mali

France suspends joint military operations with Mali

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, CRISIS, France, MALI, West Africa
The French government has suspended its joint military operations with forces in Mali on Thursday after the second coup d’etat in its former colony within nine months. The French Defense Ministry said the decision, taken after consultation with Mali’s authorities and military, would be reassessed in the coming days. “Requirements and red lines have been set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to clarify the framework for the political transition in Mali,” the statement said. “While awaiting these guarantees, France has decided to suspend, as a temporary measure, joint military operations with Malian forces.” It is currently unclear whether the move means French troops would remain in the West African nation until a fresh decision...
Novak Djokovic shares his views on Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from French Open and Grand Slams’ initial response

Novak Djokovic shares his views on Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from French Open and Grand Slams’ initial response

EUROPE, France, GAMES, Sports, TENNIS
Novak Djokovic has hailed Naomi Osaka as “brave” and “bold” after she withdrew from the French Open while he also shared his views on the way the four Grand Slams initially dealt with the Japanese star’s media boycott. Ahead of this year’s French Open, world No 2 Osaka’s announcement that she would not partake in press conferences at Roland Garros and after the four-time Grand Slam winner failed to turn up for her media duties after her first-round win, it resulted in a fine, which was expected. However, the four Grand Slams went a step further as they threatened to not only expel her from the event, but also warned that repeat violations would attract tougher sanctions including future Grand Slam suspensions. Osaka then announced her withdrawal from the clay-court major and ...
Macron: France will help Africa make more COVID-19 vaccines locally

Macron: France will help Africa make more COVID-19 vaccines locally

COVID-19, France, HEALTH, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, World Health Organization
France's President Emmanuel Macron briefs media during a state visit, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko JOHANESSBURG, South Africa President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday France would invest in boosting the production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to help close a gap in the availability of the shots between African and Western nations. Speaking at a joint news conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, Macron said Africa made up around 20 per cent of the world’s need for vaccines but only 1 per cent of vaccine production. “How do we boost the production of vaccines on the African continent?” he said. “On this, we will this afternoon have an investment strategy to help these industrials produce mor...
BAL2021: Mugabe speaks out on Patriots’ star-performance against Ferroviaro

BAL2021: Mugabe speaks out on Patriots’ star-performance against Ferroviaro

Basketball, France, GAMES, Rwanda, Sports
KIGALI, Rwanda Patriots captain, Aristide Mugabe has spoken out on the great performance his team put up as they saw off Mozambique's Ferroviaro de Maputo to book a place in the semi-finals of the Basketball Africa League (BAL). In a tightly contested game on Thursday, Patriots showed character and determination to overcome the powerful Mozambicans 73-71. Mugabe got 18 points, and was one of the players that stood out as his team made history on the night. Speaking about the game, Mugabe paid tribute to the fans, saying the crowd drove the team to victory. President Paul Kagame was one of the people that turned up for the match, along with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who was in the country on a two day visit. “It’s an honor for us to play in front of our p...
South Africa & France to work towards improving public health security in Africa

South Africa & France to work towards improving public health security in Africa

AFRICA, France, HEALTH, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, World Health Organization
JOHANESSBURG, South Africa FILE PHOTO: South African Cyril Ramaphosa. /VCG Photo South Africa and France on Friday agreed to work towards expanding research, innovation and production beyond COVID-19 to promote public health security in Africa. The announcement was made by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for official talks in Pretoria as part of his tour of Africa. “The severe impact of the pandemic on human health, on society and on economies has demonstrated the need for international solidarity and strengthened multilateralism in addressing global challenges,” President Ramaphosa said. “South Africa and France have a shared interest in ensuring that multilateral efforts are effective in ending the pandemic, resuming int...
Iran nuclear talks: Chinese envoy calls for political decisiveness, package solutions

Iran nuclear talks: Chinese envoy calls for political decisiveness, package solutions

BREAKING NEWS, China, France, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, POLITICS, RUSSIA, Security, UK, UN
A meeting of the Joint Commission on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is held in Vienna, Austria, May 25, 2021. /Xinhua VIENNA, Austria A Chinese envoy on Tuesday urged all parties concerned to show political decisiveness in the ongoing negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, made the remarks after the JCPOA Joint Commission started a new round of talks on Tuesday. The meeting came one day after Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi announced that the temporary arrangement reached with Iran in February, which allows the agency to monitor Iran's nuclear activi...
Uganda’s President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has been sworn in for a sixth term as Uganda’s president following his January 14 victory against 10 other candidates.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has been sworn in for a sixth term as Uganda’s president following his January 14 victory against 10 other candidates.

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, European Council, EUROPEAN UNION, Facebook, France, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, IGAD SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, KENYA, Nairobi, NAMIBIA, Parliament, POLITICS, South Africa, South Sudan, TANZANIA, UGANDA, UK, UN, UN Women, USA, WORLD, World Bank, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
“I, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, swear in the name of the Almighty God that I shall be faithful and bear the true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda…” he said, marking the start of his 6th term in office in what makes him the longest-serving leader in the region. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was on Wednesday sworn in for a 6th elective term, in a ceremony attended by several heads of state, including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta. President Museveni displays the Uganda Coat Of Arms from the Chief Justice Owinyi Dollo The 76-year-old leader has been in power since 1986, after bloody civil war. Museveni, 76, won 58 percent of the votes cast in January’s polls, beating his closest rival and pop star, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine from the National Unity Platform who h...
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