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Covered Frances submission to avoid locking, in competition town halls before the US elections and Boris Johnsons plays for time.

France thought it had defeated the coronavirus. But a roaring second wave has left France’s leaders searching for solutions to avert another painful lockdown.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced a curfew for Paris and eight other major cities. The pressure on the intensive care beds was intolerable, he said, adding: Our caregivers are exhausted.

If the virus was ever under control in France, it was before summer. But experts say that after this period, the French, like so many others elsewhere in Europe, let their guard down.

The weekly number of new cases in Europe is now at its highest level since the start of the pandemic, rising to seven million from six million in 10 days, according to the regional director of the World Health Organization’s office for the Europe, Hans Kluge. The number of daily deaths exceeded 1,000 for the first time in months, he said.

Here are our latest pandemic updates and maps.

In other developments:


In a simple metaphor of a divided country, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden held simultaneous one-on-one town halls on separate networks instead of their scheduled virtual debate.

While Mr. Biden adopted a conciliatory tone, continuing to answer questions from voters after the forum ended, Mr. Trump was often on the offensive, occasionally fighting with his moderator or taking a more combative approach.

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Here’s our guide to what happened and our fact-check on the two events.

Key moments:

  • Mr Trump appeared to confirm a recent Times report that he had $ 400 million in unpaid debt. He called the sum a small percentage of my net worth and insisted that nothing was owed to Russia.

  • Mr Biden has pledged to give a response ahead of the election on whether he would increase the number of Supreme Court justices, although he declined to say what that number might be.

  • Candidates differed on the subject of the masks, with Mr Biden waving his while Mr Trump largely mistakenly suggested that scientists were divided over their worth.

  • Trump declined to expose QAnon’s conspiracy theory, saying instead: I know they are very against pedophilia. They fight very hard.

Will the events matter? Probably not. Presidential debates rarely cause major changes in polls, and these events were less memorable than a debate. But it is often difficult to know what matters in presidential politics.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reached a moment of truth on two crucial issues: the pandemic and the Brexit negotiations with the European Union. But he always plays a strategy for the time that could endanger lives and livelihoods if he waits too long.

In recent weeks, Mr Johnson has imposed localized restrictions in an attempt to avoid the two-week nationwide lockdown pushed by the opposition Labor Party and its own science advisers. He also seems ready to start trade negotiations with Brussels, letting a self-imposed deadline pass Thursday without a deal.

For Mr Johnson, Brexit and the virus are linked: The economic fallout has increased pressure to avoid the damaging prospect of starting the new year without a trade deal in place. Yet his reluctance to act decisively on either of them, analysts say, risks making both worse.

Rishi Sunak: A virtual stranger 10 months ago, the wealthy and polite British finance chief now tops the cabinet satisfaction ratings of members of the Conservative Party while staying in the good graces of his boss.

Burkina Faso once looked like a success story for US military aid to Africa, an oasis of peace and stability in the turbulent Sahel.

But despite a plethora of US counterterrorism and security assistance programs, the country now faces a growing insurgency and an ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Security forces have proven more capable of killing civilians than protecting them, says journalist Nick Turse.

BTS: Shares of Big Hit, the management company behind the K-pop sensation, skyrocketed on their first day of trading in South Korea. The stock opened at double the offer price on Thursday, then jumped 30% before ending the day, with the company valued at around 8.7 trillion won, or around 7.6 billion won. dollars.

Kilimanjaro fire: Hundreds of volunteers from Kenyan villages joined firefighters in the race to stop a blaze that swept the slopes of Africa’s highest mountain, threatening to devastate one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.

QAnon: Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Pinterest and other platforms, YouTube on Thursday became the latest social media giant to take action against the vast pro-Trump conspiracy theory community whose online presence has transformed. in offline violence.

Instantaneous: U.S. voters lined up long to vote this week in Georgia, above, which like many other states opened more early voting sites to make polling stations less crowded on November 3. Some voters waited hours, illustrating the intensity of this decisive American election.

Lives lived: Lulu Peyraud, the matriarch of a French wine family in the Bandol wine region, died aged 102 this month. Known for her talents as a cook and hostess, she embodied a joyful, exuberant and generous Provencal way of life.

What were reading: This Twitter thread, which begins, Describe your favorite movie as boring as it gets and getting longer by the minute. A favorite? Quiet, challenging villagers need a gem.

Cook: Brilliant lemon, this Red lentil soup defies expectations of what lentil soup can be like and is completely painless to prepare.

Lily: Skyhunter, Marie Lu’s latest young adult work, follows a 5,000-year-old refugee who defends her country against a perverse federation that has taken over the rest of the world.

To do: If you’re having trouble sleeping, research shows that weighted blankets may help.

The weekend is fast approaching. At Home has ideas on what to read, cook, watch and do while staying safe at home.

Ken Dychtwald, psychologist, gerontologist and author, interviewed more than 100,000 baby boomers (aged 56 to 74) for his new book, What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Third Age Lifes. Here is an excerpt from his conversation with our journalist.

How has your opinion on retirement changed in the wake of the coronavirus and turning 70 this year?

This year’s pandemic has given many of us a huge appreciation for the value of life. I came to realize that I love to be useful more … than young.

However, I was very disturbed by the lack of usefulness of so many of my cohort. I was really disturbed when I read that last year the average American retiree watched over 48 hours of television per week. I don’t believe this is the best we can do, or the best we can be as older men and women.

I challenge pre-retirees and retirees to ask themselves: How do I try to see and feel the world from the perspective of those who are much younger than me? It is an important activity in our new longevity. That we spend time and energy not only trying to hold onto our life and memories, but also actively trying to empathize with different people, the younger ones.

What should retirees think about?

The importance of interdependence alongside independence, we would all do better in our later years if we were connected and not isolated. And how do I maximize my lifespan, not just my lifespan?

And theres the serious problem of financing our longer lives. One-third of baby boomers have virtually no savings for retirement and no pensions; it’s a massive poverty phenomenon that’s about to happen, unless millions of people work a little longer, spend less, downsize, or even share their homes with roommates or family members.

What is the biggest mistake of retirees?

Far too many think too small. I have asked thousands of people from all walks of life over the years as they approach retirement what they hope to do in retirement. They tell me: I want to rest, exercise, visit my family, have a good vacation, read good books. Then most of them stagnate. Few have taken the time or effort to study the myriad possibilities that lie ahead or imagine or explore all the amazing ways they can spend the next period of their life.


That’s it for today’s briefing. See you next week.

Natasha


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To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the news break. You can reach the team at [email protected]

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