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Agnès Buzyn, Piotr Pavlenski, Graeme Allwright… the five things to remember from the weekend


  • Municipal in Paris: Agnès Buzyn replaces Benjamin Griveaux at short notice

The Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, in Matignon on February 8. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

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”.

Read also Municipal elections in Paris: Agnès Buzyn nominated LRM candidate to replace Benjamin Griveaux
  • Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski and his companion taken into police custody

Piotr Pavlenski in an interview in Paris on Friday February 14.
Piotr Pavlenski in an interview in Paris on Friday February 14. LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP

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).

Read also Piotr Pavlenski and his partner placed in police custody in the Griveaux case
  • Coronavirus: global death toll near 1,700, first death in Europe

In Wuhan, home of the epidemic, on Saturday, February 15.
In Wuhan, home of the epidemic, on Saturday, February 15. AP

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.

Read also Coronavirus: death toll nears 1,700 in China, but contamination slows
  • Storm Dennis: tens of thousands of households without electricity in Brittany

Surfers swim during Storm Dennis at Plobannalec-Lesconil Sunday February 16.
Surfers swim during Storm Dennis at Plobannalec-Lesconil Sunday February 16. FRED TANNEAU / AFP

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.

Read also Dennis storm: the orange alert lifted in France, 45,000 households without electricity
  • Folk singer Graeme Allwright is dead

Graeme Allwright in a Paris recording studio in 1978.
Graeme Allwright in a Parisian recording studio in 1978. – / AFP

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.

Read also Folk singer Graeme Allwright is dead

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.


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