Municipal in Paris: Agnès Buzyn replaces Benjamin Griveaux at short notice
The Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn announced Sunday her candidacy for mayor of Paris, where it is her delicate mission to wear the colors of La République en Marche (LRM) to replace Benjamin Griveaux. The latter threw in the towel on Friday after broadcasting intimate videos on the Internet.
Officially invested by the presidential party, Mme Buzyn had to leave his “Ministerial functions given the increased intensity of activity, in particular related to the management of the coronavirus, requires total involvement”.
Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski and his companion taken into police custody
Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski and his partner were taken into police custody in the investigation into the intimate videos that prompted Benjamin Griveaux to withdraw his candidacy for mayor of Paris. Both are in police custody for “Invasion of privacy” and “Dissemination without the person’s consent of sexual images”, announced the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Political refugee in France since 2017, Piotr Pavlenski said on Friday that he was behind the uploading of the incriminated videos, saying he wanted to denounce the“Hypocrisy” by Benjamin Griveaux. His partner, placed in police custody on Saturday evening, is suspected of having been the recipient of the intimate videos at the start, according to a source close to the file quoted by Agence France-presse (AFP).
Coronavirus: global death toll near 1,700, first death in Europe
The balance of the new coronavirus – now called SARS-CoV-2 – reached 1,665 dead in mainland China on Sunday. Most were in central Hubei Province, the focus of the epidemic that started in December in its capital Wuhan. A total of 68,000 cases of contamination have been identified in China by the authorities.
On Saturday, the French health minister also announced the death of an 80-year-old Chinese tourist hospitalized in France since the end of January. This death is the “First outside Asia, first in Europe”, said Mme Buzyn. Only four deaths have been recorded elsewhere in the world: one in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong, one in Japan, one in the Philippines and one in Taiwan.
Storm Dennis: tens of thousands of households without electricity in Brittany
About 45,000 homes were cut off from electricity early Sunday evening in a northwest quarter of France after storm Dennis hit, Enedis learned. Orange vigilance for high winds and rain has been lifted for the four Breton departments as well as for La Manche and Calvados, Météo-France announced.
In the UK, the intensity of the storm seemed even stronger. Sunday noon, England knew the record for “Highest number of ongoing flood warnings and warnings ever recorded”, according to a director of the Environmental Agency (EA). The British meteorological institute, Met, has placed South Wales on red alert, the highest alert level, due to the heavy rains. Several hundred flights to and from the whole of the United Kingdom have also been suspended.
Folk singer Graeme Allwright is dead
New Zealand-born French singer Graeme Allwright, best known for adapting many songs by American folk artists into French, died on Sunday February 16 at the age of 93, his family said. “He died last night in the retirement home where he had been living for a year”, in Seine-et-Marne, said her daughter, Jeanne Allwright.
Humanistic singer with an atypical career, Graeme Allwright introduced the French to protest singers (protest singers) from across the Atlantic, adapting Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie or Leonard Cohen in the language of Molière. “He was a singer committed to social justice, a somewhat hipster singer on the fringes of show business, who refused television. He sang to the end, he loved being on stage “said one of his sons, Christophe Allwright.
Pole vault. A week after crossing 6.17m and breaking Renaud Lavillenie’s record, Swede Armand Duplantis broke his own world record on Saturday in Glasgow with 6.18m.
Biathlon. Frenchman Emilien Jacquelin was crowned world pursuit champion on Sunday at the Biathlon Worlds in Anterselva, Italy.