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French crime reports sharply down after virus lockdown

French crime reports sharply down after virus lockdown

Statistics released on Monday showed a sharp drop in reports of most categories of crime in France in March, the month that saw strict coronavirus lockdown introduced. The Interior Ministry’s statistical service said it would be “extremely complex” to interpret the statistics, noting that the lockdown made it much harder for victims to report offences. […]

Thousands sign French petition for chloroquine in virus fight

Thousands sign French petition for chloroquine in virus fight

More than 215,000 people have signed a petition urging French officials to let more doctors prescribe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients, a controversial proposal that has divided health experts worldwide. Support for the treatment has gained ground as doctors try to keep the COVID-19 outbreak from overwhelming hospitals, with some saying early use […]

France reports first French death from coronavirus

France reports first French death from coronavirus

A 60-year-old man has become the first French victim of the coronavirus in the country, the health ministry announced Wednesday. The man died overnight after being rushed to a Paris hospital in serious condition on Tuesday evening, bringing the death toll in the country to two, said the ministry’s deputy head Jerome Salomon. The first […]

French academic held in Iran ends hunger strike ―Lawyer

French academic held in Iran ends hunger strike ―Lawyer

French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, jailed in Iran since June, ended a six-week hunger strike on Wednesday, according to her lawyer. “Adelkhah responded to a written request from civil and political activists and ended her hunger strike at midday (0830 GMT) today,” lawyer Said Dehghan told AFP. Dehghan expressed relief that Adelkhah had ended the hunger […]

‘Pornographic’ French writer Pierre Guyotat dies aged 80

‘Pornographic’ French writer Pierre Guyotat dies aged 80

Controversial French writer Pierre Guyotat, whose book “Eden, Eden, Eden” was judged “pornographic” by the authorities and banned from publicity, public display or sale to minors for over a decade, has died aged 80, his family said Friday. The book, which details graphic sex acts, was banned in France for 11 years from 1970 to […]