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Man Barges Into Office Meeting and Opens Fire

Some 30 officers are on the scene in France

(Newser) - Police say a man walked into a business meeting in France on Wednesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing three people and injuring a fourth, CNN reports. He then "turned the gun on himself," says a police spokeswoman. "He is now injured and was transferred to... More »

France: This 'Should Not Be Prescribed' for COVID Patients

Country bans use of hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - Another negative headline for hydroxychloroquine: France has banned the use of it as a coronavirus treatment. Politico lays out the timeline leading to the move. After the Lancet on Friday published the results of a worldwide study suggesting that the anti-malaria drug doesn't help patients and may well... More »

She Got a Raffle Ticket as a Gift, Now Owns a Picasso

Italian woman wins $1.1M painting in charity raffle

(Newser) - An Italian woman is the new owner of a century-old painting by Pablo Picasso, worth $1.1 million—but she didn't buy it. The unidentified woman won 1921's "Nature Morte"—a small oil painting depicting a glass of absinthe and a newspaper on a table—in... More »

France Reports 70 COVID-19 Cases at Reopened Schools

At least 7 schools have been closed again

(Newser) - Just one week after a third of French schoolchildren went back to school in an easing of the coronavirus lockdown, there's been a worrying flareup of about 70 COVID-19 cases linked to schools, the AP reports. Some lower grades in schools were opened last week and a further 150,... More »

Author's Murdered Wife, FBI Training Were All Made Up

Stephane Bourgoin was considered one of France's leading experts on serial killers

(Newser) - French author Stephane Bourgoin specializes in nonfiction—except when it comes to his own life story. The 67-year-old, long considered France's leading expert in serial killers, has confessed to lying extensively about his past, the Guardian reports. Bourgoin, author of more than 40 books about serial killers and criminal... More »

Coronavirus Lurked in France a Month Earlier Than Thought

Doctor says test from December came back positive

(Newser) - Until recently, France's first three known coronavirus cases were confirmed on January 24. Two of those were people who had recently visited Wuhan, China, and the third was a close contact of one of those people. Now, a doctor says that a patient near Paris who was diagnosed with... More »

France Tries to Explain More Than 1,000 Virus Cases at Sea

Nearly half the aircraft carrier's personnel test positive

(Newser) - The French navy is investigating how the coronavirus infected more than 1,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, as pressure builds on the government to explain how it happened. The ship, the navy's biggest carrier and flagship, is undergoing a weekslong disinfection since returning Sunday to... More »

Amazon Puts a Halt to Its Operations in France

After a French court blocked company from selling, shipping non-essential items

(Newser) - Amazon said Wednesday it will "temporarily" suspend all activity in France, one day after a French court ruled it wasn't doing enough to protect its workers in the country amid the pandemic. The online giant, which has six warehouses in France, said in a statement that "this... More »

Troubling Signs in 2 Drugs Touted by Trump for Virus

Heart problems linked to both in patients with coronavirus

(Newser) - Two drugs that have been promoted by President Trump for use in treating the coronavirus are being linked to heart problems in international research. The Hill reports that a review by France's drug safety regulator turned up 43 "cardiac adverse effects" in COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, typically... More »

Have $1,600 for a Tree? France Is Calling

Marie Antoinette's private garden is finally being revived

(Newser) - Marie Antoinette's reign ended badly—the queen of France was guillotined for treason in 1793—but her taste in gardening lives on, the New York Times reports. A private garden designed to her liking is being rebuilt at Versailles, and after years of debate, caretakers have decided her taste... More »

Doctor Called for Vaccine Trial in Africa. Now He's Sorry

People weren't pleased with idea

(Newser) - A French doctor says he's sorry for suggesting Africa should be home to a trial for a coronavirus vaccine in televised comments viewed as racist. Jean-Paul Mira, the head of intensive care at Paris' Cochin Hospital, was discussing a vaccine trial in Europe and Australia during a debate on... More »

Parisians Now Have to Exercise at Night

City bans outdoor exercise in daytime

(Newser) - Parisians who want to get some exercise outside will now have to do it at night or early in the morning. After a weekend that saw large groups of people jogging in the city's parks, authorities have banned outdoor exercise between 10am and 7pm, reports the BBC . Mayor Anne... More »

After 4 Days of Declining Numbers, Spain Sees a Jump

While China reports zero new deaths

(Newser) - Declining or at least flattening coronavirus numbers in world hot spots ( including New York ) have buoyed hope in recent days, but Spain just recorded at least a temporary reversal of that. The nation registered 743 new deaths from Monday to Tuesday, up about 100 from the previous 24-hour... More »

Violent Interruption of Morning Shopping Leaves 2 Dead

Suspect carries out knife attack in town near Lyon, France, wounding others

(Newser) - A man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in a town under lockdown south of the French city of Lyon Saturday, killing two people and wounding others, prosecutors say. The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office tells the AP that the attack took place at 11am in a commercial... More »

'Imbecile' Rebels Flout Coronavirus Lockdowns

From Germany to France to Florida, people are still out and about

(Newser) - Young German adults hold "corona parties" and cough toward older people. A Spanish man leashes a goat to go for a walk to skirt confinement orders. From France to Florida to Australia, kitesurfers, college students and others crowd the beaches. Their defiance of lockdown mandates and scientific advice to... More »

Kept in by Virus, Man Runs Marathon ... on His Balcony

Weird feat took Elisha Nochomovitz almost 7 hours

(Newser) - In the age of confinement amid the coronavirus outbreak, Elisha Nochomovitz figured out a way to run a marathon anyway: back and forth on his balcony. That’s right—he ran 26.2 miles straight, never leaving his 23-foot-long balcony. Nochomovitz saw it as a physical and mental challenge, but... More »

France's Worst Case of Clergy Abuse Is Over

Ex-priest who abused at least 75 boys is sentenced to 5 years

(Newser) - A French ex-priest who acknowledged sexually abusing at least 75 boys over decades was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, in France’s worst case of clergy abuse to reach trial. The court in Lyon issued the verdict against 74-year-old Bernard Preynat behind closed doors because the coronavirus outbreak... More »

France Announces National Lockdown

15-day ban on all but the most essential in-country travel will take effect

(Newser) - France is imposing a national lockdown on its citizens for 15 days, reports the Independent . The move, which goes into effect at noon Tuesday, comes after the nation's coronavirus cases escalated dramatically over the weekend, reports the Washington Post . More than 5,000 people are now infected there, and... More »

Louis Vuitton Owner to Get Hand Sanitizers Flowing

LVMH will use its perfume production lines to help supply gels during coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - It's difficult to find hand sanitizer during the novel coronavirus outbreak, but France may soon see some relief thanks to a major luxury-goods maker. The BBC reports that LVMH—owner of the Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tiffany, and Christian Dior lines, among others—will "use the production lines of... More »

New Coronavirus Toll Stuns the World

And President Trump is under fire as Americans surge back home from Europe

(Newser) - Italy shocked the world Sunday by announcing 368 new coronavirus deaths the day before—the highest one-day death toll anywhere since the outbreak began, the New York Times reports. For the record, the World Health Organization says China held the previous record: 254 fatalities on Feb. 13. Italy's overall... More »

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