US lockdown divide, Putin’s Russia on parade, ‘dangerous game’ in Libya, Eiffel Tower reopens

Could Donald Trump be losing the “culture war” over lockdown and social distancing? François Picard’s panel reacts to the decision by Texas to pause the easing of confinement rules in the face of a new surge of Covid-19 cases. Also, a surge in absentee ballots during primary voting raises the prospect of a long wait for results in November’s US presidential election, Vladimir Putin stages both a parade and a referendum, Emmanuel Macron’s “dangerous game” warning to Turkey over Libya and with foreign tourists away, could Parisians seize a unique summertime chance to climb up the Eiffel Tower and go to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa?

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

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    The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

    It opened in 1889.

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    Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 14 May 2017. In the legislative elections a month later, Macron’s party, renamed “La République En Marche!” (LREM), secured a majority in the National Assembly. At the age of 39, Macron became the youngest president in French history.

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    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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  • In This Story: Libya

    Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.

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