When President Emmanuel Macron at the end of November laid out France’s timetable for the three-stage lifting of lockdown, he said that all of this would only happen if targets on case numbers were met. We’re now just a week away from the date when lockdown was scheduled to be lifted and the head of the public health agency says France is ‘far’ from meeting the necessary targets.
— Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé (@MinSoliSante) December 7, 2020
So what happens now? France’s Defence Council will be meeting tomorrow to decide where to go from here – here are some of the options they will consider, from keeping a total lockdown in place to lifting selected restrictions.
Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy took the stand today in his corruption trial, hotly denying that he had tried to bribe a judge.
And France’s proposed new law to combat Islamic extremism will come before parliament tomorrow. The bill has already caused international controversy, so our columnist John Lichfield looks at what is in the bill, and what definitely isn’t (spoiler – there is no plan for a ‘register of Muslim children’).
Countryside v city
For countryside dwellers we’re looking at one of the perennial problems of rural life – how to deal with la chasse when the lead starts flying during hunting season.
While for those who prefer city life – these are France’s best cities, according to the people who live in them.
Today’s French figure on our Advent Calendar is the anarchist who is now a crucial part of the Metro system.