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    • France bets on booster jabs

      France bets on booster jabs

      France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions as the delta variant spreads in the country, news wires reported. It is the first big EU country to introduce booster shots, and several other European countries are expected to follow suit, AP pointed out.

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    • Google appeals €500m French penalty

      Google appeals €500m French penalty

      US tech conglomerate Google announced it was launching an appeal against a 500 million euros worth fine that was imposed by France's antitrust regulator in July. The penalty is over the way in which the company handled discussions with French news publishers in a copyright debate, Reuters reported. The fine followed increasing international pressure on online platforms such as Google and Facebook to share more revenue with news outlets.

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    • French inflation spikes to 3-year high in August

      French inflation spikes to 3-year high in August

      The French consumer prices rose at a faster than expected speed in August to touch its highest value in three years. Figures from the French INSEE official statistics agency showed that its index of EU-harmonised consumer prices rose 0.7% from July, giving a 12-month inflation to edge up 2.4%, and spiking from 1.5% in July to mark its highest level since October 2018, Reuters reported.

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    • Covid health pass becomes compulsory for some 1.8m employees in France

      Covid health pass becomes compulsory for some 1.8m employees in France

      From Monday, staff in contact with the public will have to show a Covid health pass on entering their workplace or risk being suspended without pay, news wires reported. The controversial health passport showing either proof of full vaccination against Covid-19, a recent negative test or recovery from the virus has become compulsory for some 1.8 million employees in France, RFI noted.

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    • Dublin, Paris debate N.Ireland post Brexit status

      Dublin, Paris debate N.Ireland post Brexit status

      France and Ireland vowed to boost bilateral cooperation during a visit of the French President Emmanuel Macron in Dublin where he met his Irish counterpart Micheal Martin. Our relations have never been better, the two said at a joint press conference. Macron was in the capital to speak to political leaders about EU affairs, BBC elaborated.

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    • Michel Barnier to run for French presidency

      Michel Barnier to run for French presidency

      Former EU commissioner and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier plans to run as French presidential candidate for the centre-right Republicans in next year's elections, he announced late on Thursday. "Challenging and serious times lie ahead of us," Barnier told the TF1 broadcaster. "I aspire to be the president of a reconciled France."

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    • Protesters in France demonstrate for sixth weekend in a row

      Protesters in France demonstrate for sixth weekend in a row

      Thousands protested across France for a sixth consecutive weekend on Saturday against a Covid-19 health pass required for daily activities, news wires reported. According to the Interior Ministry, around 175,500 people in total marched on Saturday, down from roughly 215,000 last weekend although numbers could increase as people return from summer holidays.

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    • Fake health passports sale in France surges

      Fake health passports sale in France surges

      People refusing to get Covid vaccines in France are ready to pay hundreds of euros for fake health passes in an online black market, news wires reported. It has flourished since July, when the government imposed new regulation requiring people to show such pass in order to enter cafés, inter-city trains and other public places, according to AFP.

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    • Forest fires force evacuation across French Riviera

      Forest fires force evacuation across French Riviera

      Hundreds of firefighters battle a raging blaze near the French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez on Tuesday, with thousands of residents and holidaymakers forced to evacuate. Roughly 750 firefighters using high-pressure hoses and water-dropping aircraft were attempting to control the flames, which began on Monday evening.

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