World Macron will speak Wednesday at 8 p.m. to announce new restrictions
A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam
Muslims in France have been pressured to assimilate into the country’s secular culture. But at what cost?History and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, brought scrutiny this month when he showed his 12- to 14-year-old students two caricatures of Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — the same images that in 2015 inspired jihadists to kill 11 staff members at the magazine and six others in Paris. Parents and teachers at the school, located just 20 miles outside the capital, said Paty gave his Muslim pupils the opportunity to leave the classroom or look away so as not to anger them.
President Emmanuel Macron will speak this Wednesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. after meeting in the morning a second defense council for decide on the new anti-Covid restrictions, announces the Elysee to AFP, confirming information from BFMTV. He will let,, Prime Minister Jean Castex detail the measures the next day, during the weekly press briefing on Thursday on the health situation.
The executive, confronted with, prepared a new turn of the screw of measures to fight against the epidemic, which could go as far as a national reconfinement of several weeks including France Inter, BFMTV and Europe 1.
Scotland extends coronavirus restrictions as nation heads for new tiered system
Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland are being extended for another week, taking the nation into a new tiered system. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said details of the new system will be published on Friday and the measures will be implemented from 2 November.Restrictions put in place two weeks ago on hospitality businesses had been due to end on 25 October.The measures have also forced the closure of snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls in the central belt.
Emmanuel Macron met this Tuesday morning a first defense council in the presence of Jean Castex and a dozen ministers. According to Franceinfo, the epidemic figures have been analyzed, the measures taken by European neighbors studied and the different scenarios have been assessed according to the health, economic and social situation of the country.
"We must expect difficult decisions," Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin warned on Tuesday morning, echoing the alarming comments made by several doctors in recent days. "At one point we have to take tough decisions [...] like all our European neighbors", he added on France Inter, referring to the new restrictions planned in Italy, Spain or the Czech Republic.
Erdogan says Macron ‘needs treatment’ over attitude to Muslims
France is recalling its envoy to Turkey after Erdogan said his French counterpart needed ‘mental checks’.Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France, drawing a sharp rebuke from Erdogan.
The President of the Scientific Council, Jean-François Delfraissy, on Monday described the situation in France as "critical", saying he feared that the second wave would be "stronger than the first one ".Vote in Parliament Thursday
Politicians seem resigned to tougher measures, but the opposition is not sparing its criticism of the government.
PS deputies on Tuesday denounced a "wind of panic" within the executive in the face of the acceleration of the spread of the virus, their LR counterparts believing that the government "is giving up."
According to socialist deputy Boris Vallaud, "the feeling is that the government is moving from one stage to another, often with a train of delay," he told reporters.
The government will respond to Parliament's request for explanations by organizing two successive debates in the Assembly on Thursday, then in the Senate, in the name of Article 50- 1 of the Constitution. According to this article, the debate can be "votable without incurring the responsibility" of the government. A vote will take place, Prime Minister Jean Castex has already confirmed.
The idea for the executive is to try to "build consensus" and move forward transparently, while the opposition accuses the government of deciding on its own. The consideration of the bill on the state of health emergency, scheduled for Wednesday in the Senate, should be postponed.
Battling two crises, France's Macron faces defining moment .
Simultaneously battling the twin crises of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and a resurgence in Islamist attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron faces a defining moment that will determine the success of his presidency and even his chances of reelection. - 'Succession of crises' - No-one can blame Macron for the emergence of the pandemic but the government is under pressure from critics who accuse it of having failed to prepare for the second wave.