► Maintaining the dates of the February school holidays, the redesigned baccalaureate
February holidays have “Vocation to be maintained” on the dates scheduled despite the high level of spread of Covid-19, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on RTL on Friday. According to him, the health situation stay fixed in the school. “My objective on this point like others is to keep the calendars as much as possible so as not to disturb the families”, he added, thus ruling out any lengthening of the holidays, a measure sometimes mentioned to contain the pandemic. This decision “May still evolve depending on the situation”, he also clarified.
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In a letter sent Thursday evening to teachers, Jean-Michel Blanquer had announced the cancellation of the first specialty tests of the new baccalaureate in favor of continuous assessment.
► Family reunification: the Council of State suspends the decision of the executive
The Council of State on Thursday suspended the freeze on the issuance of family reunification visas to the spouses and children of non-European foreigners residing in France. This measurement carries “A disproportionate attack the right to normal family life and the best interests of the child ”, estimated the court, seized in mid-December by nine associations, including the League of Human Rights.
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As part of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the government decided in March 2020 to limit the circulation on the national territory of people coming from abroad.
► The crew of the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier fully vaccinated
In April 2020, nearly two-thirds of the vessel’s crew – approximately 1,100 people -, had been contaminated by Covid-19 on board. This time, the sailors of the French aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle will be vaccinated before embarking on a mission in the Indian Ocean in February, Armed Minister Florence Parly announced on Friday.
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The carrier strike group is due to go on a mission in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Chammal in Iraq and Syria, where France insists on the need to continue the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
► In the United States, new restrictions on air travel
US President Joe Biden announced Thursday that a quarantine would now be mandatory for anyone arriving in the United States by air. Presenting its plan to fight Covid-19, the new tenant of the White House also announced that travelers should be able to present a negative test.
The day after taking office, Joe Biden pledged to always give a voice to scientists, in particular immunologist Anthony Fauci. The expert, who also worked with Donald Trump’s team, did not hide his relief. “The idea of being able to come here, talk about what we know, proofs, science, gives the feeling of a form of liberation”, he said, acknowledging that he had found himself in “Uncomfortable” with the previous president.
► Brazil: no Rio carnival in 2021, Lula has been quarantined in Cuba
The famous carnival will ultimately not be postponed. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro has announced that his city is giving up organizing the festivities in 2021, due to a epidemic rebound. Aid will be given to Brazilians who work all year round to organize the event. This traditionally takes place in February or March.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was diagnosed positive for Covid-19 on December 26 in Cuba, where he had to observe a quarantine from which he has since been released, the Lula Institute reported Thursday. The 75-year-old ex-head of state went to Havana to participate in a documentary on Latin America, directed by American director Oliver Stone. According to the Lula Institute, he recovered perfectly and made his return to Brazil on Wednesday.
► Football: Zinédine Zidane positive for Covid-19
French Real Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane tested positive for Covid-19, the Madrid club said on Friday, without giving further details. The announcement comes on the eve of Real’s trip to Alavès, where the Merengue will try to bounce back after a humiliating defeat against a 3-member club.e division in the Copa del Rey this week. Zidane will be replaced on the bench by his assistant David Bettoni.