France condemns mockers of indoor mask standards

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The French face a fine of 135 euros ($ 154) from today for failing to comply with a new decree to wear a mask in public places indoors, the government said.
While officials have noted signs of increased circulation of the virus, Prime Minister Jean Castex said last week that masks would become mandatory in closed public spaces from next week in a bid to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Masks are already mandatory on public transport, punishable by a fine of the same amount, in a country that has lost more than 30,150 people to the epidemic.
The Minister of Health said on Saturday that the new requirement will take effect today and will apply to stores and supermarkets, covered fresh food markets, banks and other establishments that welcome members of the public.
And yesterday, the health service announced that the tickets could be sanctioned with a fine of up to 135 euros, nearly double the price of a monthly subscription to Parisian public transport.
For people working in communal offices, the government said employers will have to judge the need to wear a mask on a case-by-case basis.
The French public health service noted over the weekend that the number known as “R” indicating the rate of viral transmission has increased to more than one, which means that each infected person infects about 1.2 people at their tower.
According to the latest official data, released Wednesday, France had 119 new coronavirus patients hospitalized in 24 hours, up from a peak of 4,281 people hospitalized in one day in April.
One of the hardest hit countries in Europe, France has almost emerged from a national lockdown of several weeks to contain the Covid-19 epidemic, which had put enormous pressure on its hospital system.
The French government, like many other countries, has advised against wearing masks at the start of the epidemic, urging people to reserve limited supply of masks for healthcare workers and arguing that they are not really working for the fight against infections.
But since the lockdown was partially lifted on May 11, wearing a mask is mandatory on public transport and mandatory for entry to facilities such as the Louvre, Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower.


The Catalans curl up

Catalan authorities yesterday urged more than 96,000 people in three cities to stay at home, with coronavirus cases continuing to rise in one of Spain’s worst-hit regions.
This is in addition to some 4 million people in the region, including its capital, Barcelona, ​​who were invited to stay on Friday as regional authorities hardened their response to the crisis.
In a statement released yesterday, authorities urged people living in Figueres and Vilafant, in the province of Girona, and Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona, ​​to stay at home except for essential travel.
Calling home does not impose a mandatory lockout, but it is the strongest measure taken to remove people from house arrest since Spain emerged from a national lockout last month.
The new measures include a ban on meetings of more than 10 people. Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open, but at 50% of their capacity indoors and at a distance of 2 m between tables outdoors.


Riot at the “corona party”

Thirty-nine people were arrested yesterday after police were attacked with “a hail of bottles” at an open-air party in central Frankfurt attended by thousands of revelers, police said. German city.
Five police officers were injured in the riot which began around 3 a.m. when police attempted to stop a brawl involving around 30 people in the historic Frankfurt Opera Square.
The square has become a popular gathering place for what local media have dubbed “corona parties” as German bars and clubs remain closed to contain the spread of the virus.
Some 3,000 people, mostly young people, filled the square again on Saturday evening, but only around 500 to 800 were still there when the unrest began, Frankfurt Police Chief Gerhard Bereswill told a conference Press.
A small group of officers stepped in to help a bleeding man and put an end to the fight, but the crowd turned on them.
“What I find particularly odious is that the spectators cheered and cheered when bottles hit my colleagues,” said Bereswill.
Reinforcement policemen then arrived and cleared the square, facing “a hail of bottles” from the angry crowd, he said.
A total of 39 arrests were made, including a woman. The rest were men aged 17 to 21 “most of whom have an immigrant background,” Bereswill added.
Eight people remain in detention and face charges of disturbing the peace.
German police unions and rescue workers have warned of greater hostility from the authorities in carrying out their duties.
Tensions have also spilled over following the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, where officers are accused of being racist.
Bereswill said that while the majority of the revelers are peaceful, the Frankfurt police have noticed “growing aggression” against the officers.
Yesterday’s escalation “was the most negative culmination of this development,” he told reporters.
Several police vehicles and a bus stop were also attacked in the violence, causing thousands of euros in damage.
The mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldmann, on Twitter, condemned the “unacceptable” behavior of the rioters and called for a greater police presence in the “hot spots” of the parties.
City officials will meet today to discuss possible measures to respond to the unrest.


The magic of cinema as Paris transforms the Seine into an open-air cinema
By Noemie Olive, Reuters /Paris

While the cinema’s drive-through may have taken a boost as lockdowns gradually come to an end amid the Covid-19 epidemic, in Paris, moviegoers can now munch on their popcorn while watching a film from a boat on the Seine.
As part of Paris Plages, the annual transformation of sections of the Seine into artificial beaches, moviegoers were able to embark this weekend aboard 38 electric boats for a free screening of the 2018 French comedy Le Grand Bain.
“I really like open-air cinema. It marks the start of summer, and even if it is already mid-July, it marks for me the start of Parisian summer adventures, “said Eloise Blomme, 25.
“I really like the idea of ​​boats – associating the Seine with a film on the water, I didn’t want to miss that.
Each boat can accommodate up to six people who know each other. Organizers hope to hold similar screenings during the six-week festivities at Paris Plages (Plages de Paris).
Others watch from lounge chairs while the screen floats on the Seine.
Cinemas have reopened in France, but the occupancy rate remains very low.
While the virus has been brought under control with deaths and the number of people in intensive care declining, daily cases have increased ahead of the summer vacation.
The artificial beaches on the banks of the Seine in central Paris and the Bassin de la Villette, an artificial lake in the north-east of the city, have been a resounding success since their launch by the mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë in 2002.
In addition to the sand and views of the architecture of central Paris, Paris Plage offers sporting possibilities such as fencing, giant table football and outdoor gymnasiums overlooking the Seine, although this year the Tighter health restrictions limited some of the activities.



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