“Four of the six tests I managed to do came back positive! Now is the time to implement the program that we had defined as a team. Dedicated area set up in the morning of March 23, with a nurse, a nursing assistant, FFP2 protective masks, a disposable gown and overcoats (keep stocks up to date). Contain all residents in their rooms as of today. For how long ? Some have been asking for it for several days, without realizing
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In tourist brochures on Norway, the port of Tromsø, in the far north of the country, is described as the place “Where does the arctic adventure begin”. It’s true today, it was true almost a hundred years ago. Out of confinement, tourists go hunting for the northern lights, beyond the Arctic Circle. In 1928, we set off again to explore lands still unknown, a white desert, mysterious and bearer of legends. We opened roads there, we accumulated records. We got lost too, we often died there. In the harbor, a redwood house, the Polar Museum, tells the adventures of these heroes of the polar expedition, including probably the most famous of them, the Norwegian Roald Amundsen.
Latham 47 stops responding evokes this legend, but also the adventure of another hero, less known and less celebrated. Monday, June 18, 1928, in Tromsø, the weather is doubtful, low cloud cover and strong winds. René Guilbaud, lieutenant of the French navy and pilot emeritus, 37 years old, takes off at the controls of this Latham 47. This seaplane, ultramodern at the time, is still being tested to prepare a record for the crossing East-West transatlantic.
The title of the book betrays the outcome. The Latham 47 will not return from its mission. He will be lost “Body and property”, with the whole crew on board, the pilot René Guilbaud, his two co-pilots, Leif Dietrichson and Albert Cavelier de Cuverville, the mechanic Gilbert Brazy, the radio Emile Valette and … the explorer Roald Amundsen, 56 years old. This Monday, June 18, 1928, at 6:45 p.m., the aircraft will have launched its last message: “From Latham 47: don’t quit listening. Next communication. “ But nothing will follow. Just the silence, the absence and the questions.
The seaplane did not set out to set a record but for a rescue mission. He sought to reach the Italian explorer Umberto Nobile and his team, stranded on the ice after the crash of their airship. Nobile will eventually be saved and will live the rest of his life chased by the accusation of having caused the death of the greatest Norwegian explorer of all time and the other five crew members of the Latham 47.
Hervé Guilbaud, a former journalist at Agence France-Presse, is a distant cousin of the pilot René Guilbaud. He describes in detail this failed rescue, and the geopolitical undersides of these passionate adventures, the rivalry between these explorers with oversized egos, between Nobile, from a fascist Italy, and Amundsen, the Norwegian swollen with pride. He also describes with happiness and impressive technical thoroughness this incredible period of innovation, the design of the first airships, that of seaplanes.
In recent days, our confined skies are no longer streaked with dozens of white lines of aircraft vapors. This book takes us back to a time, ultimately not so long ago, when a single cuckoo in the sky, a single white line each time looked like a small miracle, carrying heroic and often tragic stories.
The actor and director Jean-Laurent Cochet died on Tuesday morning at the age of 85. It was “Hospitalized for five days at Bichat hospital” in Paris, his agent Laurent Grégoire announced to the AFP. According to the actor’s entourage, he died of the Covid-19.
Jean-Laurent Cochet has signed over 150 theater productions, performed over 300 roles. He also trained the greatest French actors in a course that bore his name. “He taught me everything. My teacher. A huge theater man “, reacted Richard Berry on Instagram. For his part, Fabrice Luchini mentioned “His prodigious teaching” on Twitter.
This morning, my theater teacher, Jean-Laurent Cochet, whose teaching has changed my life, left us. I was still talking about him the day before yesterday for an interview on the Fountain. His teaching was amazing #fabriceluchinipic.twitter.com/YSWzea2Rj3
Born on January 28, 1935 in Romainville, in Seine-Saint-Denis, he entered the Comédie Française at the age of 20, where he really did his apprenticeship with his teacher, Béatrix Dussane. He will leave after eight years and 80 roles.
In 1962 he made his first television appearances with the show Youth Theater by Claude Santelli. In the second half of the 1960s, he started directing and, in 1967, inaugurated the Jean-Laurent Cochet course, which quickly became a reference.
“A profession that needs work”
With a keen eye and a good-natured face, he explained that the theater, “It’s a profession that can be worked on”. “Besides, after two weeks, the lazy people go away on their own, I don’t even have to sort it out.”
He knew what he didn’t like: “The Star Ac, because we are led to believe that we learn everything in two months, the cinema where we work with actors who are not and all those directors who distort the texts. “
His former students are all marked by his course. “At 22, I had just made two films. Serge Rousseau, famous agent, said to me: “It’s good but you don’t know anything about the job. You have to learn it, the only solution: go to Cochet.” I ran away and there, the shock! “ said Fabrice Luchini.
As for Gérard Depardieu, remembered his teacher, he had arrived “During Cochet without ever having read anything” : “At first it was not that, but Gérard wanted to learn so much …”
Isabelle Huppert has already said that she was “Fascinated by his way of putting words, of rhythm, of breathing sentences” : “During her class, I was more of a spectator than an actress.”
“Jean-Laurent Cochet was a monument to the theater, a lover of the game whose talent and perfect knowledge of the repertoire have accompanied so many actors and comedians, according to the Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, on Twitter. They have lost a master, we are losing a figure that will be greatly missed in French theater. ”
The 68-year-old former president of Olympique de Marseille Pape Diouf died on Tuesday in the Senegalese capital after being infected with Covid-19, the national TV channel in Senegal announced. This former sports journalist and player agent, who shared his life between Marseille and Dakar, was placed on respiratory assistance since last Saturday, according to Provence. President of the late 2000s of OM (2005-2009), he notably helped build the Marseille team champion of France in 2010, a title towards which the club has been racing since 1992. His regular passes with his Lyonnais counterpart Jean-Michel Aulas also marked the spirits. Before landing at the head of OM, Pape Diouf was a successful agent in the 90s, remember The team. He notably looked after the interests of Marcel Desailly, Basile Boli, William Gallas, Samir Nasir or Didier Drogba, lists the sports daily.
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Balance sheet. “The epidemic is large and spreading, with rapid and intense viral circulation“Said Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon on Thursday evening. In France, the Covid-19 epidemic caused the death of 372 people, including 108 in the last 24 hours. Follow our live.
Containment. On the third day of the quasi-generalized confinement, the authorities continue to insist that the French leave their homes as little as possible. Even if it means taking harsh measures like closing beaches on a good part of the hexagonal coastline. As it stands, confinement could be extended beyond two weeks, up to four, anticipates Geneviève Chêne, director general of the public health agency France.
Municipal. Edouard Philippe announced the postponement of the meetings of municipal councils elected in the first round, which were to be held from Friday to Sunday and allowed to appoint mayors and deputies, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Outgoing teams in around 30,000 affected municipalities therefore have their terms extended until at least mid-May. On this date, a report should make it possible to indicate “if it is possible to install municipal councils“, With regard to sanitary conditions, according to the Prime Minister.
Balance sheet. According to the latest AFP count, the new coronavirus has killed at least 9,000 people worldwide since its appearance in December. This Thursday, Italy surpassed China in the number of deaths from the coronavirus, with 427 deaths in 24 hours to reach a total of 3,405, according to an AFP count based on official figures, against 3,245 for China, 1,284 for Iran and 767 for Spain. In total, more than 220,000 cases of infection have been detected in 150 countries and territories, which is only a fraction of the total since a large number of countries only test cases requiring hospital treatment.
Europe. Finally, the European Central Bank decided to move up a gear. She announced overnight that she would release up to 750 billion euros to buy state and business assets, in order to avoid a crash in the economy. European stock markets reacted rather favorably this Thursday morning at the opening.
China. A symbolic milestone has been crossed in China: the country announced this Thursday have not recorded any new local contamination by the new coronavirus. Sign of a trend reversal: more people have now died outside of China than in the Asian country – where the new coronavirus appeared in December in Wuhan (center).
Every week with RetroNews, the BNF press site, back to a sports story as told by the press of the time. This Saturday: Johnny Weissmuller, king of pools in Paris and then of the jungle in Hollywood.
We don’t swim any longer today. But in the 1920s, the 500 meter freestyle posed its champion. And the Excelsior of January 12, in a page devoted to international information, informs that “Famous American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller of the Illinois Athletic Club has just broken a new record” by swimming the half-kilometer in 6 min, 42 sec 3/5, planing 8 sec 4/5 at the previous best world time.
The world record for the 500 meters strolls from arm to arm in this year 1922. The “Young champion” is dispossessed of it and then reclaims it, as announced The Chicago Tribune and the Daily News November 14: “A new record in his already fantastic collection”, comments “the American newspaper of Europe”. A few months earlier, in July, the one who started swimming at the age of 9 to correct the effects of polio became the first man to knock down the wall of the minute over 100 meters: 58 sec 6/10. He was then only 18 years old. For the past two years, he has been training at the Illinois Athletic Club, under the severe aegis of “Big” Bill Bachrach. At their first meeting, the latter warns him: “First of all, you have to forget everything you’ve learned. Swear that you will work with me without asking questions and without looking for excuses. You will be a slave and you will hate me. But you will beat all the records you want. ”
Johnny Weissmuller dives into the swimming pool of the Normandy liner. AFP photo
In December 1922, Weissmuller, decidedly eclectic in terms of distances, poached two new records, over 40 and 110 yards (36.576 and 100.584 meters respectively). But disaster a few months later: the champion will no longer swim. It is the press July 19, 1923 announcing: “The American wonder of swimming is currently being treated in a Chicago hospital where he is being treated for a very serious heart condition: specialist doctors have ordered him absolute rest. In other words, the super-record holder is forever lost for his favorite sport. “ For the newspaper, the swimmer pulled too much on the machine: “He probably forced his body, causing an enlarged heart, which cannot be forgiven.”
The actor pierces under the swimmer
False alarm. Weissmuller was present at the Paris Olympics a year later. A journalist from the work pick it up at the end of training at the Tourelles swimming pool (located in the XXe district, it remains a high place of Parisian swimming). “Surprised on both sides, it finds us so small and we find it so large, it is not far from 1.90 m.” “What is your age ?” questions the journalist. “I’ll be twenty at the end of the month. ” “Have you been swimming for a long time?” “I’ve been competing for three years, but I’ve only been in great shape for two years.”
The casualness and manner of the American champions, and those of Weissmuller in particular, puzzled the author of the article. “He took off his cap and flung it under his arm without any way. From an inside pocket of his jacket, he drew a superb American comb, and with an ardor which translates, moreover, an expressive expression, he coarse his blond hair to put a little order in it, it would seem, to see , that this work is more difficult than covering the 100 meters in less than a minute. “ Later, after a relay easily won by the Americans, “Johnny is going to give a diving lesson to one of his classmates”. The actor is already piercing under the swimmer. “And it’s a hilarious exhibition, each gesture of these two big kids is a comic find”, reports the newspaper.
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At Weissmuller’s, charisma competes with talent. The American showman capsizes the hearts of the Parisian public. “His victory in the 100 meters was highly applauded, applauded to such an extent that the popular [les gradins, ndlr], asked the nonchalant swimmer to take a turn [d’honneur] like velodromes, tell the uncompromising July 28, 1924. Public solicitation only stopped when it was announced, “Johnny will be playing his nautical sketch at the end of the meeting.” This sketch is fun, tasteful and sporty at the same time. ” The terror of the basins is a man “Modest and kind” before entering and after leaving the water. “He never stops joking at ordinary times in life. He is impatient and nervous in the last minutes before the start. He constantly looks around, up, down, gestures, comes and goes. His broad and friendly smile is not reborn until the end of the race. “
At the Paris Games, Weissmuller won three gold medals (100 meters, 400 meters, 4×200 meters relay) and one bronze in water polo. He takes his very particular swimming style, head above water, from this last discipline. And to say that he should not have participated in these Olympics. Born János Péter Weissmüller in Hungary in 1904, into a German family who emigrated to the United States when he was only 7 months old, he became stateless when the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell. However, you need a nationality to qualify for the Olympic Games. Johnny will pose as his younger brother Peter, born in the United States and therefore of American nationality, to participate. Four years later, at the Amsterdam Games, he retained his 100m and 4x200m titles. These Dutch Games are his last appearance as a competitive swimmer. The following year, in 1929, he went professional, cutting himself off from any possibility of enriching his record. He showcases his plasticity and his talent by playing models for swimsuits or underwear, at exhibitions or by playing luxury lifeguards. Therefore Match finds him in June 1930, when the five-time Olympic champion freelances for a month at the recently created Molitor swimming pool. “Johnny is now a professional, and he has some merit in recognizing his quality in this way when we know so much who find it more profitable not to admit it”, note Match, at this time when brown amateurism is blooming. Weissmuller remains a model of technique: “It is an admirable thing to see the American in the water. “Whether he is swimming in this powerful crawl which is very specific to him or having fun like a big kid, we realize that much more than the earth, water is the element that attracts him.”
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The morning January 22, 1932 announces that Johnny Weissmuller has been chosen by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to interpret the first Tarzan speaking of cinema. “He was chosen from over a hundred other actors because of his perfect body.” that the uncompromising August 20, 1932 exhibited in photo alongside that of Maureen O’Sullivan: her Jane, him Tarzan.
In Le Petit Marseillais of February 16, 1933, Weissmuller is presented as a “Real living statue, the most magnificent specimen of male beauty”.
Photo from one of the films on Tarzan, of actress Maureen O’Sullivan in the role of Jane, alongside Johnny Weissmuller, in 1932. AFP photo
Monosyllables and growls
In 1934, when he was about to perform the role of Tarzan a second time, Seduction March 17 looks back on his acting debut. “Do you feel capable of playing an important role in cinema? asked the director Van Dyke. – Certainly not! replied Weissmuller. This frankness pleased the filmmaker. – Rest assured, he added, you won’t need to say long sentences, simple monosyllables and grunts from the woods. […] Van Dyke then resolved to shoot a few hundred meters of “sound” film as a test … more than “speaking”. When he saw himself at the projection, and, above all, heard himself uttering the hoarse cries, the inarticulate sounds that the director had asked him to do, Johnny cheerfully cheered up: “If I only have that to do, I market.”” Many years later, he will be surprised: “This role was made for me, you had to swim a lot and give few lines. How can a guy who goes up to the trees and says “Me Tarzan, you Jane” make millions of dollars? “
Continuation and end of the story. The debate, a little vain, is recurrent. Who is the most illustrious champion of his discipline? Some contend that Johnny Weissmuller remains the greatest swimmer in history, even if, on the prize list, he is light years away from another American, Michael Phelps and his 23 Olympic titles between Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 In support of their opinion, they point out that in 1924 and 1928, there were only three individual events (100 m, 400 m, 1,500 m) freestyle at the Olympic Games and only one relay (4×200 m), when Phelps, in crawl and butterfly, in individual and relay, was able to win 8 titles in Beijing. Weissmuller’s impressive balance sheet remains: during his entire career, between 1921 and 1929, he was never beaten in the race and collected 67 world records, from 50 yards (45.72 m) to half a mile ( 804.67 m), all before being 25 years old. His world record established in 1927 for the 100 yards freestyle will last seventeen years, and that of the 100 meters freestyle, which he lowered to 57 “4 in 1924, will not be beaten until ten years later. reference time of the queen of swimming distance, property of the Brazilian César Cielo in 46 “91, will celebrate his tenth birthday in July.
Cinematographically speaking, Weissmuller played Tarzan twelve times between 1932 and 1948, including a picturesque Tarzan in New York (Richard Thorpe, 1942) where he fights … the Nazis. The problem with the dream body is that it can become a nightmare when the weather changes it. Weissmuller ventripes a little too much with age, he can no longer embody the monkey man flying from vine to vine and iodizing his famous cry. From 1948, he tried to impose a new character, Jungle Jim, which he interpreted sixteen times, until 1955, without ever succeeding in raising him to the level, if only from Tarzan’s ankle. He appears on the screen for the last time in The Sphinx, in 1969.
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With as many marriages, and divorces, as Olympic gold medals, Weissmuller will end up wasting the ex-wives’ millions of dollars accumulated in his sporting and artistic careers. In the 1950s, he started building swimming pools and food, without much success, dreamed of an amusement park in Florida, then moved to Las Vegas where he played the utilities at Caesars Palace. But his health is deteriorating. Poor, alcoholic, he moved to Acapulco, Mexico, where he died in a mental hospital on January 20, 1984 at the age of 79.
It’s not just Dortmund-Paris-SG in life: a real entry into the competition for European behemoths – Paris-SG but also Barcelona, Real Madrid, English clubs – in the queen competition, the round of 16 the Champions League mark the gateway to matches of a stratospheric level, rich in adventures and reversals of situations. Overview of the other games of the week.
Atlético Madrid – Liverpool FC (Tuesday, 9 p.m.)
It would be nice if Atlético Madrid won because … Atlético Madrid is stuck in the simplest cliché: a team complicated to face and anti-good game in its most elaborate version. Namely, love-killing and pragmatism flirting with the accordion bus technique – defense first. The sworn enemy of football and gourmet mirettes. Diego Simeone, Madrid’s coach, single-handedly recounts the slide into this dark box. Five or six years ago, the Argentinian, who arrived on the Madrid bench in 2011, was still the genius of Europe. The one who turned lambs into wolves. Who made his players run 90 minutes, which gave the impression of being able to investigate 180 without problem and if necessary, 270 – with a smile to their ears. There, he is portrayed as good without more and disbelieving: if we trust the ambient rumor, he is the exact opposite of the religion of the moment, Liverpool, the model – his players also ride, but better.
The scenario would like that the Simeone cycle, coach as smooth as brilliant, who spent a life of player to be vomited before the games to maintain his grinta, ends as the stereotype adores: an exit in eighth and an end of championship d ‘Spain (Atlético is at the foot of the podium) is struggling. Then a resignation or a dismissal. Then a debate on a talk show to imply that the guy and his philosophy are dead and buried. May the picture go to hell! The Matelassiers disrupted and broke the alternation (Barça and Real Madrid) so exhausting in Spain (a title in 2014) and failed to sit on the roof of Europe twice (2014 and 2016). The Atlético has ten years of sabotage of big, medium and small clubs in the legs. We are right in what makes this striped jersey team dangerous: the habit of big battles, patience and mischief.
Except that Liverpool will qualify because … The club of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané is European champion. The mojo is lost, it’s true. But rarely in eighthfinal.
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Atalanta Bergamo – FC Valencia (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
It would be nice if Bergamo won because … Ephemeral coach of Inter Milan in 2011 (five competitive games, four defeats), Gian Piero Gasperini is the man of a revolution in Italy since 2013 that he coaches Atalanta Bergamo: it matters what the Transalpine call with a touch of distrust the “continental game”, that is to say a different rhythm, superior to the ordinary of Calcio. This is the story of the biggest dwarf in the world (a normal type, therefore) of the Monthy Pythons: Luis Muriel and others do not play at the supersonic speed of a Liverpool or a Manchester City, but on a scale Italian, Bergamo is a textbook case, which earned Gasperini to be elected best coach of Calcio at the end of the 2018-2019 season. Who says rhythm says risk-taking, loss of balls, defenders having to manage in one against one against opposing attackers: in the realm of placed play and defensive systems belts and suspenders, it is not nothing.
Except that Valencia will qualify because … The force of habit, the superior technical skill (Rodrigo, Daniel Parejo), this hardness in the effort that inhabits the top Spanish player – Valencia is 6e de Liga – and a slow rise that saw them destroy FC Barcelona (2-0) three weeks ago, playing three times faster than the Catalans that day. The wind blew at the start of the season when the Singaporean owner dismissed coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, fresh winner of the King’s Cup, for sporting differences: he had the full support of both players and supporters. Former international player who passed through Bordeaux and coach in the Spanish youth teams (-16 years old, -17, Hopes), Albert Celades took the time to slip into his shoes and things got back to normal, with victories at Chelsea or Amsterdam during the round of pool. It’s as if the deep quality of the team speaks no matter who the coach is.
Tottenham Hotspur – RB Leipzig (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
It would be nice if Leipzig wins because … Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is both a fool and a symbol. Bad because his teams attack like beatniks, in flip flops, in all weathers and on all terrains, whatever the balance of power, and too bad if striker Timo Werner (supposedly the star) is what the English commonly called a “rabbit killer”, unable to score against strong teams. A symbol because German football has the wind in its back, embodying a kind of daring modernity that flourished until Paris-SG (Thomas Tuchel, ex from Dortmund) and Liverpool (Jürgen Klopp, ex from Dortmund too). This winter, Nagelsmann admitted to having been approached by Real Madrid… two years ago. To succeed Zinedine Zidane. At 32 years old. It’s very simple: at its best (or worst), Leipzig seems to be playing to play, forgetting to make it happen on the scoreboard as if by distraction. “It’s starting to be enough”, thundered Nagelsmann after a 2-2 victory in Lyon in December when his team should have won 5-0. In the meantime: it’s funny.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese coach José Mourinho before the match against Aston Villa in Birmingham on February 16. Photo Justin Tallis. AFP
Except that Tottenham will qualify because … The last finalists in the Champions League are indestructible and there is a vague feeling that they did not finish their work, which consisted last spring of leaving the formations (Ajax, Manchester City) much better armed. Hugo Lloris is back for these knockout stages, it’s good and it’s time to remember that the captain of the world champions had been the best player of his formation in the Champions League last season, the striker Harry Kane (injured last year) having the stature of the one who will permanently mark the competition. Trained by Mauro Pochettino yesterday or by José Mourinho today, we feel the Spurs harder, more winning than their opponents in these eighths. Mourinho knows the Champions League like the mouse behind a Swiss cheese. Leipzig has time. Not the Soft. If we talk about football, it is clear that Tottenham will suffer. But if we talk about sport, that is to say mental, we bet on them.
Holding the title of the World Cup, the Norwegian biathlon star is eagerly awaited at the World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, which started on Thursday, a month to the day after the birth of her son.