what you need to know this Monday, June 29

Written by Steven mark

Good evening,

Emmanuel Macron met Angela Merkel in the evening to refine their European recovery plan. The French government has put an additional 900 million euros to help local stores, artisans and freelancers. The cinemas have attracted more than a million viewers since their reopening last week. Finally, the epidemic has 35 new victims in France in the last three days. “It’s far from over”, warned the boss of the World Health Organization.

Good reading,

Roland Gauron, journalist at Figaro

1. What happened today

Angela Merkel received Emmanuel Macron on Monday at Meseberg Castle in Gransee, north of Berlin. POOL / REUTERS

Macron and Merkel refine their strategy. At the dawn of a German presidency of the European Union which promises to be decisive, the Chancellor received her French neighbor in the early evening at Meseberg Castle, north of Berlin. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron urged European countries, in particular the “frugals”, to reach an agreement on the revival of the EU at the July European summit. “We are facing economic challenges that we have never known in decades, and probably throughout history”, launched the Chancellor at a joint press conference. “We hope that we will find a solution, even if there is still a long way to go.” The European Council of 17 and 18 July will be the first physical summit since the containment measures put in place in March to deal with the coronavirus pandemic which have plunged the economy of the Old Continent into a historic recession. It will concern the adoption of the recovery plan of 750 billion euros proposed by the European Commission.

Tomorrow, six months will have passed since the WHO received the first reports concerning a group of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in China.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General of the World Health Organization

Where is the epidemic? Since Friday, France has registered 35 new deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 29,813. Since the start of the epidemic, 19,325 people have died in hospitals. Mortality figures for social and medico-social establishments, including nursing homes, will be updated tomorrow by Santé publique France. The number of patients in intensive care continues to decline with 619 patients, 15 less than Friday, the date of the last assessment. A total of 8,688 people are hospitalized for a Covid-19 infection in France. Overseas, there are 213 hospitalizations, including 37 in intensive care. The World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic is “Far from over” while the disease has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide. “Tomorrow, six months will have passed since the WHO received the first reports concerning a group of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in China”, also recalled its managing director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Bercy at the bedside of small shops. The government has presented a support plan for local trade, handicrafts and the self-employed. Bercy increases the aid already planned for them by 900 million euros. During the health crisis, they had benefited from targeted measures, such as the deferral of tax and social charges, access to the solidarity fund to benefit from a check at the end of the month, the granting of loans guaranteed by the State or coverage of partial unemployment. The solidarity fund, which makes it possible to benefit from monthly aid of 1,500 euros in the event of loss of turnover of at least 50%, is extended for one month and sees its eligibility criteria relaxed. Land companies to buy and renovate vacant commercial premises will also be deployed with local authorities. Finally, the government wants to support very small businesses to facilitate their digital transition, based on the observation that businesses with a presence on the internet are more resilient than others.

The crazy week of French cinemas. After 100 days of closure, more than a million spectators returned last week to some 200 dark cinemas in the country. “The public has returned to the cinemas”, welcomes Richard Patry, president of the National Federation of French Cinemas. “This million admissions without a big exit and with sunny weather is frankly excellent. I am optimistic for the future », abounds Éric Marti, managing director of Comscore France, the world n ° 1 in box office analysis. Of the 36 films on display, five feature films – The Good Wife, De Gaulle, The Shadow of Stalin, Forward and Invisible Man – more particularly attracted the crowds. The only downside: there will be no American blockbusters this summer. The outputs of Tenet by Christopher Nolan and Mulan, Disney’s live action remake, were postponed in August. Obviously, the season should largely benefit arthouse cinemas. Because of the supply of films, but also because their audience is most attached to the cinema.

2. See, sing, disconnect …

Digital tools were a real chance to keep busy, informed and entertained during the confinement. deagreez –

Sign out. Telework, distance education, video on demand … Confinement could have increased our dependence on digital tools which we have used to work from home, to keep in touch with loved ones and to discover new horizons. Some have come close to digital overdose. Like Celine, 36 years old. “After a while, I couldn’t take the screens anymoreSays this insurance advisor and mother of three children. “In the evening, I didn’t even want to turn on the TV anymore. All I wanted to do was close my eyes and rest. ” Dr. Jean-Christophe Seznec, psychiatrist, confirms: “Too good students, those who work too long, burn out. It takes real expertise to properly use digital tools in this kind of situation. It’s like a hammer: misused, the tool can hurt. ”

Sing. Professionals or amateurs, chamber or symphonic, the French ensembles re-establish themselves as best they can for very secure concerts, both indoor and outdoor. The choirs have taken the pandemic head on. In addition to their financial precariousness, they have to face another problem: that of passing for “super-contaminators”. “We were very upset by certain touting titles which generalized, presenting the choruses as weapons of mass destruction. However, certain scientific studies, such as that carried out in Munich, show that in our sector the risk is lower. Especially with professional singers », prevails Léo Warynski, head of Métaboles. “Some spoke too quickly, he slips. I hope this will not affect the motivation of amateur singers ”, echoes Lionel Sow, musical director of the choir of the Orchester de Paris.

It is rare for large books to provide the material for a film to match it. There is one. Do not miss it. After the broadcast, a word of advice: leave the light on.

Éric Neuhoff, journalist in the Culture department of “Figaro”

See. At 10:30 p.m. this evening, Arte offers us a formidable plunge into the depths of the soul with In cold blood , by Richard Brooks. The film, released in 1967, is taken from the masterpiece of Truman Capote himself inspired by a sordid news story, where two thugs murder four people for forty dollars, a pair of binoculars and a radio. Our colleague Éric Neuhoff will most certainly be in front of his screen: “This is due to reporting, the detective story, the Greek tragedy. Brooks turned on the spot, which adds authenticity to this feature film which is not lacking. In the end, there are only two poor guys left, in front of the gallows, strapped in a harness, a hood over his head. It is rare for large books to provide the material for a film to match it. There is one. Do not miss it. After the broadcast, a word of advice: leave the light on. ”

To cook. Antoine Westermann, from Coq Rico in Paris, has made beautiful French poultry his specialty. The chef explains to us why he likes the guinea fowl of the Drôme. “I particularly like the guinea fowl of the Drôme because it is a terroir that the animal adopted almost naturally and I must admit a weakness for the Nubian race”, he confides. “It is whole and roasted that I prefer to work it, obviously poached in the broth very gently before putting it in the oven to preserve its flavors. The juices it produces are wonderfully tasty. I also appreciate it stuffed because its meat, almost wild, diffuses and permeates this particular flavor in the rice placed inside the carcass ”, he adds before delivering his recipe for guinea fowl stuffed with spicy rice, chanterelles, broad beans, giblets and currants.

3. Photo of the day

Medical personnel transport a patient infected with the Covid-19 in an Airbus A400M to Guyana 367 air base in Matoury, near Cayenne. Jody Amiet / AFP

4. Deconfinement, phase 3

The government has announced a new round of deconfinement easing that will take effect on Monday, June 22. Here is what is allowed again:

  • French people can return to the cinema, the casino, the game rooms and go to holiday centers.
  • Team sports are again allowed. Combat sports remain prohibited, except at a high level.

What remains prohibited and what will still have to wait:

  • The stadiums and racetracks will reopen on July 11, with a maximum number of 5,000 spectators.
  • River cruises will wait for the same date. Sea cruises could also resume between European ports.
  • International fairs, exhibitions, shows, nightclubs and cruises will remain closed until September.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people in public space are always prohibited.
  • The activities gathering more than 1500 people must be declared in prefecture.
  • Events of more than 5000 people are prohibited at least until August 31.

5. The reflexes to adopt

A few simple gestures help limit the spread of the virus. Here they are :

  • Wash your hands every hour.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crease of his elbow.
  • Use disposable tissues.
  • Avoid kissing or shaking hands.
  • Wear a mask in public spaces.
  • Limit your movements as much as possible.

Covid-19 is transmitted by saliva, through close contact with an infected person, especially when they cough or sneeze. The virus also remains viable for several hours on different surfaces.

The disease manifests with several symptoms. In 9 out of 10 cases, this results in a fever below 39 ° C. According to the World Health Organization, this fever is most often accompanied by a state of tired, signsshortness of breath and a dry cough.

6. What to do in case of symptoms?

The most important is now to get tested. According to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, you should, if you have symptoms, stay at home and contact your doctor who will order a test. While waiting for the result, you must isolate yourself, wear a mask and list the people you may have contaminated.

If the test is positive, the Primary Health Insurance Fund will contact those likely to be infected. You must then stay isolated at least 8 days, taking care not to contaminate your loved ones. Watch your health. If you have a fever, take paracetamol. Possibly plan a follow-up teleconsultation with your doctor.

Yes you feel a difficulty breathing, call 15.

Yes the test is negative, contact your doctor and follow his instructions.

See you tomorrow.

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