Lille and its metropolis prepare for a bicycle boom

Faced with the first signs of a development of the bicycle with the deconfinement, Lille and its metropolis have fitted out the public space to give pride of place to soft mobility, with a view, in the longer term, to perpetuate practices.

The deconfinement, on May 11, will not change the situation: everywhere in France, forecasts exclude any return to normal for short-term trips. Ilévia, the public transport network of the Lille metropolitan area, only expects a return of barely 40% of its users.

People are afraid to take the bus“, Which circulate”especially on major routes, so there will probably be more bikes“, Says Lucie Vaudet, 22, with her hands on the handlebars of her V’Lille – the self-service rental service. Jean-Paul Laplace, 70, in V’Lille too, dreads “a rat race” in the transports.

While the government has announced a plan of 20 million euros to support the practice of cycling, specialized shops, them, already feel the thrill of demand. “The phone keeps ringing“, Says Renaud Verahaeghe, co-manager of the self-repair workshop”Hands in the handlebars“, in Lille.

After a loss “huge“Shortfall,”everyone expects a big flowAdds Régis Przybylak, manager of the Cyclable store. “We feel that there will be a big demand for commuting, but also for leisure

Like Paris, Nice, Rouen or Nantes, the municipality and the European metropolis of Lille (MEL) have therefore developed 15 km of temporary cycle paths in recent days, both on “the main axes“And”entry points” in the city.

We do not want people to take over the car over the weeks, including those who no longer took itExplains Jacques Richir, deputy mayor in charge of public space, to AFP. Gold, “Lille has many advantages for being a cycling city, flat with major routes (…) We therefore said that we had to take the opportunity to accelerate the ecological transition

Towards a “transient»Sustainable?

Beyond Lille, the 90 municipalities of the MEL have initiated discussions in this direction, with work notably in Roubaix and Tourcoing. The idea is also to promote travel between the different municipalities, which generate most of the road traffic.

In the mainland, 2% of daily trips are made by bicycle, on average with other cities. The objective is to reach 10% within 10 or 15 years“, Announces Alexis Marcot, mobility director at MEL. “Even if we do not know what the world of tomorrow will be like, it is a great opportunity to direct people to other modes of travel than the car.

Will certain facilities be maintained in the long term? “We hope that this transient can last“, Martine Aubry, PS mayor slips, who has to contend with a growing environmental vote and has already doubled the number of cycle paths in six years.

For Jacques Richir, anchoring over time will depend on two criteria: “gain security“By working on behaviors and with”major redevelopments“, but also “check that it meets an expectation“, so that “thousands of people change their mode of travel

In front of this “acceleration“, The Association Droit au vélo (ADAV) is satisfied to see the outcome of proposals”formulated for a long time“, And hopes for the birth of a”new mindset” But the transition also presents new challenges.

Today, we feel that there is also a need to support neo-cyclists who need to be comforted on routes, positioning on the road, etc.“But also of”secure tracks“, Explains to AFP its director, Michel Anceau.

The association is working on an online platform to promote exchanges between users, will publish an updated map, and plans to develop and adapt its practical advice workshops. “We already have training requests from certain municipalities“Notes Mr. Anceau.


TV audiences at the zenith, back at half mast

Television was watched even more in this fully confined April. The French called to stay at home lit it on average 4 h 43 per day, which is 11 minutes more than in March and 1 h 15 more than in April 2019, according to the latest monthly data from Médiamétrie now including l listening outside the home and on the move for people 15 and over.

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Even among 15-24 year olds, who turned away from the small screen the most, viewing time jumped by 50% over one year (compared to 1/3 for the whole population).

JT acclaimed

These exceptional audiences benefit all sections of information, and in particular at 1pm TF1, which has had its best month since January 2007, with 7.5 million viewers (41% audience share).

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A record audience record of 36.8 million viewers, all channels combined, was even reached during the intervention of Emmanuel Macron (announcing the date and conditions of the deconfinement) on Easter Monday.

Bonus for movies, series and entertainment

The channels, forced to stop filming due to the health crisis, have redesigned their schedules, with in particular great family films during the day (like The adventures of Rabbi Jacob on France 2 with up to 4 million viewers) or in the evening (Visitors on TF1, watched by almost 8 million people).

New TV series (The Resident on TF1, Valid on Canal +, Why women kill on Arte, Slippage on Arte…) are also widely watched, as are flagship entertainment programs (Koh Lanta and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on TF1, Top chef and All in the kitchen on M6 …), with the notable exception of that of Cyril Hanouna on C8, which lost around 500,000 spectators.

The revenge of the big chains

These records benefit the big chains more than those of DTT. TF1 still has the largest audience share with 18.9%, ahead of France 2 (14.3%), M6 (9%) and France 3 (8.6%). Arte has posted a historic record (+ 0.3 points to 2.8%).

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On TNT, France 4, which changed into an educational chain on March 23 (with lectures from primary to high school), lost 0.4 points (to 1.2%) over a month. The news channels, they, progress, BFMTV at the head (+1 point over a year, at 3.4%), followed by LCI and CNews (+ 0.6 point, at 1.6% and 1.4% ), except franceinfo (-0.1 point, 0.6%).

Fall of audiences

Despite these exceptional audiences, advertising revenues, the main source of income for private channels, are falling, weighing on their financial prospects. As in every economic crisis, large advertisers reduce the airfoil and are reluctant to see their image associated with anxiety-provoking news.

The Barometer of the effects of the health crisis on the audiovisual sector of the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) confirms this drastic drop in investments (44%) and advertising durations (-66%) on television since the confinement, in particular in automotive and transport, culture and leisure or banking and insurance.

The glaring example of TF1

In the first quarter of 2020, TF1’s net profit fell 41% to 24 million euros (for 494 million euros in turnover, – 10.8%). “The impact of the crisis on the last 15 days of March translates into a drop in advertising turnover of around 35 to 40 million euros “, the group said in a statement last Wednesday.

TF1 has already reduced the cost of programs by 23 million euros (-10%), but has not postponed, like France Televisions, its back-to-school schedule to January 2021. If public broadcasting is less dependent on advertising revenue, the crisis to come also makes the future of its financing uncertain, while the audiovisual reform is suspended and the fee questioned by the abolition of the housing tax.


Behind the scenes of Brussels – Containment: the debate prohibited

It only took a few moments, on March 16, for the Head of State and his government, in the name of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, to place the French under house arrest and deprive them of most of their freedoms civil, political and social that we thought inalienable: freedom to come and go, freedom of assembly, freedom to undertake, freedom to work, etc. Justice has almost been brought to a halt, lawyers confined, provisional detentions automatically extended, the police (understood in a very extensive sense since they include municipal police officers and the like) invested with full powers apply these custodial measures.

Containment without legal basis

This suspension of the rule of law was done without legal basis. Indeed, the decree of March 16 restricting the movement of citizens does not fall within the powers of the executive, since only a judicial judge, the liberty judge, can normally decide on an individual basis. Nevertheless, administrative justice, in this case the Council of State, validated it on the basis of the jurisprudential theory of “exceptional circumstances”, which is probably not its most inspired decision.

It was only on March 23 that Parliament gave a legal basis to the measures announced on March 17 by hastily passing the law creating a “state of health emergency” which authorizes the government to trigger it “in the event of a disaster. health endangering, by its nature and gravity, the health of the population ”, a particularly vague definition. This whole law cultivates vagueness, the offenses it provides for example leaving a large part to police interpretation and therefore to arbitrariness. Renewable by Parliament – possibly for a period longer than two months – it gives full powers to the executive, Parliament being stripped of its powers and reduced to the role of mere spectator. If the Assembly has not changed the government’s plan, the majority being what it is, the Senate, dominated by the classic right, has fortunately managed to introduce some safeguards in this improvised text and poorly put together in providing in particular that it will cease to apply in any event on 1er April 2021, unless a law to the contrary is passed. A fundamental clarification which the government services had curiously not thought of.

Not quite a dictatorship

It is remarkable that this exceptional legislation, justified by the use of a warlike language unique in Europe (“We are at war”) was not the subject of a referral to the Constitutional Council, the opposition, all as forbidden from terror as public opinion, having given up exercising its rights, an unprecedented fact, when it is a particularly serious attack on the rule of law. The constitutional judges were only seized on one point of detail, the suspension of the time limits to judge the questions preliminary of constitutionality (QPC), a provision which it moreover validated.

As long as the state of health emergency applies (until the end of July we have just learned), France is no longer a democracy, even if it is not quite a dictatorship. In his time, François Mitterrand denounced the “permanent coup” that were the institutions of the Fifth Republic. The coronavirus has made it possible to carry out this institutional logic. The head of state, relying on a submissive majority and facing non-existent opposition, seized all the levers of power by invoking the need to preserve the health of the French and a health emergency that he does did not want to see it coming, he who ten days earlier encouraged the French to continue living as before.

This parenthesis of the rule of law was accompanied by the brutal halt of a large part of the economy, a logical consequence of confinement. Above all, the government decided, without any consultation, which businesses could remain open, forcing companies to lay off more than 11 million private sector workers.

Lack of debate

It is truly staggering that these exceptional powers entrusted to the State to apply a brutal and without nuance confinement to an entire country, one of the hardest in Europe with those of Spain, Italy and Belgium , did not give rise to any debate, as if there was no other choice. However, never a democracy used in the past this method to fight against a pandemic (there was only partial confinements at the beginning of the previous century), in particular during the Spanish flu of 1918-1919, of the Asian flu of 1959 or of the Hong Kong flu of 1969. The fact that containment was a solution invented by China, a totalitarian regime, to contain the coronavirus pandemic should at least have questioned its legitimacy. However, it imposed itself almost naturally, all playing in reality when Italy took the decision to confine the whole of its population from March 10, which caused a domino effect, each wanting to show that he was also keen to protect its population: Spain imposed it on March 15, France on March 16, Belgium on March 18 …

However, there was room for debate and on all fronts. On the principle of containment itself first. Because it is only a stopgap aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and avoiding congestion in hospitals which could result in additional deaths. Clearly, the virus will continue to circulate and kill those it must kill after the containment is lifted – in a proportion that no one knows – since it does not exist and will not exist for one or two years a vaccine and that treatments are still in the experimental stage.

Containment is a political trap

Obviously, no one realized that it was going to be very difficult to get out of the containment once decided without political damage, a part of the public opinion risking to be self-persuaded over the days that it is in eradicating the disease. If the pandemic continues to kill, and it will, the government will be automatically accused of endangering the health of its citizens to save “the economy”, a swear word for some French people as if working for a living was secondary to health… In other words, the temptation will be strong to return to blind confinement to silence the controversies or to get out of them as late as possible, the path chosen by France after six weeks of state of emergency sanitary.

This is also why countries like Sweden, Switzerland, Germany or the Netherlands either have not adopted this strategy, letting life take its normal course, or have applied it with much more finesse, which made it possible to avoid passing through the box of exceptional powers entrusted to the executive and especially to break the economy.

Why confine an entire country?

This total foreclosure of a country is all the more questionable since whole regions were and are almost untouched by the virus: why impose the same treatment in Creuse as in Ile de France, in Puglia as in Milan ? Why not have it confined to the extent of the pandemic, just like Germany, where the Länder are competent in public health, has done with the success we know? Thus, from the start, two foci were identified in France: the Oise and Mulhouse. However, rather than reacting immediately by isolating these two regions and deploying military medical means to relieve hospitals, the government procrastinated, allowing the virus to spread. It remains staggering that it was not until March 24, a week after the decision to confine the country, that the military medical service was sent to reinforce Mulhouse! From there to think that total containment was also motivated by the inability of the authorities to anticipate the crisis, there is only one step that I will be careful not to take.

Similarly, the choice of companies to close and the precautions to be taken would also have been a possible area of ​​discussion. For example, it quickly became known that air conditioning allowed the virus to circulate more than a meter and contaminate many people. So does closing shoe repair shops, art galleries or florists and leaving supermarkets open make medical sense? Likewise, was school closure necessary? All this was left to the discretion of a bureaucracy without control and without any consultation with all economic and social actors.

Why place an entire population under residence?

Finally, it appeared very early on that the disease was overwhelmingly fatal for people over the age of 70 (average age of death in Italy or France: 80) and those with serious pathologies, in particular clear the weak. Was it therefore rational to confine all assets and plunge the country into recession? Perhaps we should have focused on protecting these at-risk groups rather than putting a whole country under wraps without thinking of tomorrow, especially since we know full well that the virus is here for a long time.

The debate becomes, at this point, particularly emotional, because it refers to our relationship to death. Why has such a pandemic, which is not the first the world has faced and which is especially far from being the most deadly in history, led states to decide on unprecedented measures while knowing that they were not a cure? Why such a panic, especially when you compare the mortality caused by the coronavirus with that of other diseases? Although we must still be careful, since five months after its appearance, we still know very little about covid-19, which should warn us about the scientism that seized us, the doctors having said everything and its contrary to this pandemic, making political decision particularly difficult. However, let’s remember that 400,000 new cancers are diagnosed each year in France and that 150,000 French people die from it, and yet tobacco and alcohol are still not banned, while that would avoid much of it. If all life deserves to be saved, why be so casual about cancer? Similarly, seasonal flu (while there is a vaccine that a large majority considers dispensable) kill each year between 3,000 and 15,000 people (not to mention the more than 30,000 deaths from the Hong Kong flu in 1969 in a country of 51 million inhabitants or the equivalent number of deaths in 1959 in a country of 45 million inhabitants), seasonal respiratory infections 68,000 people, road accidents 3500 people to which must be added the disabled for life. And yet, no one has thought of banning the car (and every measure aimed at strengthening safety has its share of protests, remember the 80 km / h) or to make the fight against pollution or junk food a categorical imperative.

If we look at the statistics of mortality in the world, we see that hunger (yet easy and inexpensive to eradicate), malaria, AIDS or even wars (often made with the weapons produced by our industries) kill infinitely more than the coronavirus will ever kill.

Choose your comrade side, but there is only one good side, that of containment!

It would probably be necessary to question the responsibility of the audiovisual media in this panic which has taken hold of Western public opinion (with a German exception, German televisions having voluntarily decided to treat covid-19 in the place it deserves). Announce every morning the number of dead without putting them in perspective (compared to the usual average of the dead, their age, the comorbidity from which they suffered, etc.), devote entire newspapers to the pandemic can only shake even the best made heads … Imagine that every morning the number of deaths in France is truncated for all causes and that all the newspapers are devoted to it: who would still dare to simply live?

This is not to say that a death is immaterial, but simply that any public policy must be subject to a cost-benefit assessment. If we do not ban the sale of weapons, tobacco, alcohol, cars, trucks, thermal power stations, it is because collectively we believe that the cost would be greater than the benefit we would derive from it. But this debate, in the emotional surge that has been going on for two months, is in fact prohibited. Those who dared to question the chosen strategy and especially on its duration were pilloried by the most radical, those who are heard. To be opposed to the prolongation of confinement is to be for the “sacrifice” of those who are sick, “to spit in the mouth of the dead” and so on. In short, choose your comrade side, but there is only one good side, that of containment! I have even been threatened with death, myself and my family, by good people who believe that all life must be saved at any cost without the contradiction of their words touching their minds for daring to me. question in two tweets from April 9, three weeks after the start of confinement: ” It’s crazy when you think about it: plunging the world into the worst recession since the Second World War for a pandemic that has so far killed less than 100,000 people (not to mention their advanced age) in a world of 7 billion inhabitants. Seasonal flu, which kills especially young children, is between 290,000 and 650,000 per year worldwide. And everyone fucks, but serious. “

The worst recession of all time outside of the war (and more)

However, confinement will lead to an unimaginable recession by its violence: it should reach between 8% and 15% of GDP, an unprecedented decline in activity in peacetime (we must go back to 1942 to record a recession of -10 %). We have never brought an economy to a complete halt as we have just done, we must be aware of this. Partial unemployment now affects nearly twelve million workers (one in two private workers!) And the layoffs caused by thousands of business bankruptcies will number in the hundreds of thousands or even millions once the partial unemployment scheme supported by the state will expire (because it costs a fortune). And the longer the shutdown, the more difficult it will be to restart. The cost generated by the establishment of a social safety net and by economic plans will lead to an unprecedented deterioration in public accounts and the young generations who will have to pay twice for confinement: by the loss of their jobs and by raising taxes for those who will keep it.

It should not be forgotten that unemployment is also a health catastrophe, but more diffuse and therefore socially more acceptable: we thus estimate at 14,000 the deaths which it causes each year in France by induced diseases. And how not to speak of its procession of misery, hunger, social downgrading, etc. The effects of confinement are also going to have terrible consequences on the minds of French people, on violence against women and children, on their health (for example, early screenings for cancer, stroke, heart attack are suspended and nothing is known about suicides, etc.), about dropping out of school (how many children have simply disappeared from the system? ).

A lastingly weakened rule of law

Finally, to believe that public freedoms, democracy, will come out intact from this episode is just a sweet dream. The state of health emergency will remain enshrined in our law for a long time exactly as the state of emergency, launched in 2015, was finally incorporated into ordinary law. It is rare for a state to give up on its own the powers gained over the legislature and the justice system. The tracking of individuals, via smartphones, which some consider to be a necessity, could well become the rule in the name of safeguarding our health which has become THE priority, privacy being reduced to the rank of concern of another age. Having chosen total containment and the state of emergency will leave lasting traces in French democracy.

I do not pretend to provide an answer here. Simply, the first elements of the deconfinement show that another way would have been possible: confinement not department, wide discretion left to local authorities, referral to the judicial judge to register the carriers of the virus, etc. I just regret the absence of democratic deliberation before the establishment of the state of health emergency and its extension. As if sacrificing generations under the age of 60 and suspending the rule of law were obvious facts.

In provisional conclusion, I think that we should not be mistaken about the meaning of the unimaginable event that we are experiencing: it is the triumph of individualism, that of the immediate health of the individual in the face of well-being current and future collective. The terms of the debate are in reality identical to those of climate change: should we accept to sacrifice our immediate well-being to ensure the survival of the human species?

Some reading tips:

Note from the magistrates’ union on the state of health emergency

“Let us beware of falling into a sickly, viro-induced, social and political reactivity”

The catastrophic cost-benefit of containment

Breaking out of blind confinement

Dare to discuss confinement (a Belgian point of view)

Will the remedy ultimately be worse than the coronavirus? (a Swiss point of view)

“Let us die as we wish” and “I prefer to catch covid-19 in a free country than to escape it in a totalitarian state”


“Paris Normandie” victim of the health crisis

The 200 employees of the daily Paris Normandy (42,000 copies) will know during the day whether the Commercial Court of Rouen (Seine-Maritime) puts its decision under advisement or decides or not in favor of a placement in compulsory liquidation with extension of the activity of the SNIC, the newspaper publisher.

The Norman daily, more than 90% owned since 2017 by local entrepreneur Jean-Louis Louvel, “Suddenly finds himself flat on the ground by the consequences of the health crisis”, while “One knee to the ground”, “Recovering”, the management explained in a press release published on April 16 after an extraordinary CSE in videoconference.

90% drop in advertising

The “Internet audiences” may have “Exploded”, “The millions of page views are not millions of euros. Not even thousands “, the newspaper lamented in a tribune of April 10 signed “Paris Normandie”, calling on readers to subscribe or buy the newspaper with their wands.

In addition to the 20% drop in circulation, linked to the confinement and closure of certain newsagents or bars where the daily was sold, was added the 90% drop in advertising revenues, 60% in legal advertisements, 20% of book ads. The title had also diversified in the events, additional income which he had to give up.

Half a million lost in March

Management believes at “€ 490,000 the immediate shortfall in March alone”. This sum could reach “The 2 million euros by projecting at the end of May “ and “More than 3 million euros by the end of summer, as part of a deconfinement and a total resumption of activity

The newspaper (42% of employees) and its advertising management (100%) benefited from partial unemployment. “All the aid that can be requested has been”, according to the direction.


In April 2016, the company, which publishes Paris Normandy, had been placed in receivership. The Rossel group was interested, but the court had ruled in favor of Xavier Ellie’s continuation plan, with the support of the region and local entrepreneurs.

Local entrepreneur Jean-Louis Louvel, founder of the PGS pallet business, rose in the capital from 2017 and participated in the deleveraging of the newspaper. Candidate of La République en Marche, Modem and Republicans for mayor of Rouen in the last municipal elections, he wanted to partially disengage from everyday life in favor of television producer Pierre-Antoine Capton, but the operation was unsuccessful.

Aid measures for the press in preparation

“I was convinced that the government was going to put in place press aid systems. Unfortunately, nothing that could help us has been done “, regretted last Thursday Jean-Louis Louvel, before the staff representatives.

The same evening the government announced that it was preparing aid measures for the press. “I follow Paris Normandy very closely so that we can give perspectives”, Culture Minister Franck Riester said last Thursday to senators.


Chancellor delivers speech to nation – he wants to announce that now – News

Sebastian Kurz (VP) wants to deliver a hopeful speech to the battered nation at the ceremony for “75 years of the Second Republic” on Monday and, above all, encourage those who went bankrupt because of the corona crisis.

The 75th anniversary of Austria’s declaration of independence and the associated establishment of the Second Republic will be celebrated on the coming Monday. Due to the corona crisis, the planned ceremony will take place in a reduced form this year. Following a long-standing tradition, this day also begins in 2020 with the wreath-laying ceremony of the Federal Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and the Minister of Defense at the castle gate – this time Sebastian Kurz (VP), Werner Kogler (Greens) and turquoise Claudia Tanner have to do with fewer soldiers of the guard and guard music to take.

New speech on the state of the nation

The ceremony from the Federal Chancellery will be broadcast on ORF from 11:00 a.m. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will address the population in a 15-minute speech from the Chancellor’s Office. Some details from this speech leaked to the nation on Saturday evening. Sebastian Kurz said it was an anniversary in the middle of a time of crisis “Today”– According to information. Austria “had many successes and wonderful moments, but also always faced challenges and crises together”.

“Will master this crisis”

A few weeks ago, if he had to issue drastic warnings (“We will all know someone who died of Corona”) about the virus, the head of government will now be positive. The Chancellor would like to say “hope and optimism” to the people against the background of the current crisis management, as opposed to the Chancellery “Today” called. Austria will “open a new chapter” at the start of the 76th year of the Second Republic and will also overcome this crisis through “cohesion, hard work and joint efforts”.

“Abandonment demanded a lot from us”

After the phase of “renunciation, deprivation and loneliness that demanded a lot”, according to Sebastian Kurz, “our way back now begins – with gradual upswing in social life and the economy”. For the Federal Chancellor in the coming months it will be a matter of “quickly bringing people back into short-time work and unemployment into full employment” and “helping everyone who has been completely deprived of their economic existence by the virus overnight.” In short: “Companies and their employees now need our full support.”

For this, the government will “work harder” to “make the comeback for Austria together”, Sebastian Kurz wants to tell people in his speech on the state of the nation on Monday, it says.

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Styrian corona party tiger has already celebrated with Putin – Styria

That millionaire, whose corona pool party recently attracted attention, has already celebrated with ex-Foreign Minister Kneissl and Putin.

People come together to celebrate. However, given the still high risk of coronavirus, this is not currently desirable. A round of Austrian millionaires in Styria recently whistled. They demonstratively celebrated a pool party in the time of Corona. The Graz public prosecutor is now investigating several suspects.

In the meantime, new backgrounds about the group have come to light. The Ober-Partytiger celebrated in 2018 as a guest at the wedding of the then Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. There he caused a sensation with a very special gift, “which even caught the eye of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” reports the “Krone”.

However, this is of no use to him after his media-effective pool drink. “The public prosecutor’s office in Graz initiated an investigation on its own initiative. The criminal police were commissioned to investigate the matter,” spokesman Hansjörg Bacher confirmed. Investigations are being carried out against four persons known by name and other unknowns.

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That is why there was a bloody deed from son to mother (81) – Upper Austria

Long-standing disputes are said to have led to a murder in Kronstorf (Linz-Land district). It was probably about the fact that the homestead has no heirs.

The mother (81) was in the clinch with the son (46), who lived with her at the large farmstead in Kronstorf and who ran it after the death of her father 19 years ago, for years. There was a lot of controversy about family planning: the 81-year-old wanted an heir for the farm, but the 46-year-old had not found a woman.

Rifle fetched from room

On Friday and in the night of Saturday, the dispute had escalated into violence. The son is said to have got his small-caliber rifle shortly after midnight and shot twice in the head and neck of the 81-year-old mother. The woman was dead on the spot. The man then dialed the police emergency number, confessed to the crime and was arrested without resistance.

Man is fully confessed

The man was also confessed to the police questioning. The mother’s body is now to be autopsied. The man was taken to the Garsten Prison after the questioning and after consultation with the Steyr public prosecutor’s office. Is being investigated for murder.

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Pierre Haski (RSF): faced with the pandemic, “quality information is essential”

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The Media Workshop called Pierre Haski, president of Reporters Without Borders, to present the world press freedom ranking. RSF says the coming decade will be crucial for the future of journalism.

Reporters Without Borders has just published its press freedom 2020 world ranking. Democracy issues, economic difficulties, the crisis of confidence and even distrust of the media, but also, for a few months now, a global health crisis with the new coronavirus: for all these reasons, the decade which begins will be “crucial for the future of journalism, “according to RSF.

We can clearly see that this health crisis also has at its heart the question of press freedom and freedom of expression and not only public health or economic issues. “Explains Pierre Haski, who is also editorialist on France Inter.

He notes that ” Thanks to this absolutely extravagant crisis that we have been experiencing for several weeks, there are low blows, dirty blows which are made against press freedom in a certain number of countries and which translate into regressions ” This is particularly the case in Hungary and Poland. But there are also examples in Algeria, Egypt and even Iraq. ” It is a natural reflex of authoritarian regimes to take advantage of diverted attention to do the dirty work “Reminds our guest.

Pierre Haski wants this crisis ” encourages citizens to be both vigilant and demanding In matters of information.

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Germany’s leading virologist warns against “more powerful second corona wave that starts everywhere at once” –

Germany’s foremost virologist, Christian Drosten, warns of “a more powerful second wave of contamination, which is more difficult to contain, because it starts everywhere at the same time.” writes including the AD.

Drosten, 48, is the direct advisor to Angela Merkel and he has that position for a reason: the scientist is not only director of the Institute of Virology of the Berlin Charité hospital but also one of the discoverers of the SARS virus to which the current coronavirus is related.

This Drosten, which attracts a large audience on a daily basis with its corona podcasts, fully agrees with Merkel, who is cautious as regards the relaxation of the measures. Germany is praised for the corona approach. The country has one of the lowest mortality rates in Europe and has sufficient IC capacity. Now that the reproduction figure has dropped below 1, the Germans start to grumble. They want more freedom.

But Drosten and Merkel continue to say that the discussion about this is based on a “security situation that is not yet there.” “I regret the last few days when we are about to lose our lead completely”, Drosten warns. “We are one of the few countries worldwide where the number of infections is decreasing. And in that list, we are the country with the largest population and the most transparent reporting. ”

Drosten fears a second wave of contamination, more powerful and difficult to contain than the first, because the wave starts everywhere at the same time. “We then get situations where tank trucks with disinfectant are driving through the streets, because those are the only measures to take it a step further, in a desperate attempt,” said Drosten.

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Out of the buffets: what else is changing – news

Tourism wants to welcome guests to Austria again in summer at the latest. A package of measures was presented to show how this could work.

It is not yet clear when and if a summer season can start in domestic tourism, but plans are already being made. One thing is clear: there will be strict restrictions for the guests. Nothing is official, but a border opening for guests – for example from Germany – is currently being discussed.

Upper Austrian Tourism Councilor Markus Achleitner already has plans in his pocket about how a summer season could work, the “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten” reports. In planning with other regional councils for tourism, it is conceivable to open swimming pools at fixed intervals for loungers. However, guests would have to act “with common sense”.

No more buffet?

As with the cash register in the supermarket, the reception desks in hotels could be given plexiglass protection. But the buffet is not looking good: breakfast, lunch and dinner would have to be served so that no groups can form at a buffet. In the case of cable cars and the like, individual transportation must take place; only one person or family may enter a cabin.

A solution with one-way regulations should even be possible for zoos so that visitors cannot get in the way on the paths. As Achleitner says, the main problem for most tourism companies is the entrance and exit area. He suggests that they have to be increasingly regulated via barriers and turnstiles, “as is already the case in thermal baths or cable cars”.

It is hoped that businesses and hotels will be able to open again in mid-May. The government plans to announce its plans for this next week.

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