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“The Covid-19 takes advantage of global weaknesses and divisions”

                On the front page of the press, Tuesday, March 30, a forum signed by twenty world leaders calling for an "international treaty on pandemics".  The growing pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron to adopt more restrictive health measures and to speed up vaccinations, in the face of the third wave of Covid-19.  The opening, in the United States, of the trial of the police officer who killed George Floyd.  A similar case in Mexico.  And a thug as greedy as he is unlucky.

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On the front page of the press, a forum calling for an “international treaty on pandemics” to face future health crises.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the leaders of countries from five continents, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson or even South Korean, Moon Jae-in, South African, Cyril Ramaphosa and Chilean presidents, Sebastián Pinera, stress that the Covid-19 “takes advantage of (the) weaknesses and (of) global divisions and that only” a collective commitment “will make it possible to improve” the warning systems, the sharing of information, the research, as well as the production and distribution “of vaccines and drugs. Published, in particular, in Germany, by the Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung, this forum insists that “other pandemics and other large-scale health emergencies” will inevitably arise in the future. The leaders of the United States, Russia, China, Japan, India and Brazil are not, however, among the signatories of this text.

In France, pressure continues to mount on Emmanuel Macron to strengthen health restrictions and speed up vaccinations, in the face of the violence of the third epidemic wave. “What is he waiting for?”, Impatiently Release, very upset against the president, accused of “making all the decisions alone”, then “letting everyone wait for the fruits of their ruminations”. An attitude in which Emmanuel Macron would have ended up locking himself up, stubbornly “to prove that he was right in (a) bet”, which he would end up “by making more unjustifiable, if not downright capricious”. “Like a child strangles a knot he tries in vain to untie”. This criticism is shared by the foreign press, cited by International mail. According to foreign dailies, Emmanuel Macron’s health bet to opt for partial and local confinements, without closing schools, is not only “in the process of turning out to be the loser”, but “his permanent staging as a strong man shows clearly its limits “. The magazine quotes in particular the commentary of Southgerman newspaper, the German daily, which also underlines the lack of discussions on the health crisis: “If it is already clear that the decision is made by one man, fewer people will get involved in the debates. And it is for this reason that there is hardly any other country in Europe where politics arouses as little confidence as in France “.

Also on the front page, the opening in the United States of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the murder of George Floyd, during his violent arrest, last May. The entire planet had seen the footage before, but the jury appointed to judge Derek Chauvin again endured the entire nine minutes and 29 seconds of that excruciating video yesterday – a video showing George Floyd held down, one knee on the back of the neck, repeating, 27 times: “I cannot breathe”. These 9 minutes and 29 seconds of agony are on the front page, in particular, of the British version of the free Metro. Ten months later, across the Atlantic, the indignation is intact. The Washington Post said that the first to witness these images was the dispatcher of 911, the emergency number of the American police, who witnessed the arrest in real time, filmed by a surveillance camera. According to her, George Floyd’s tackle lasted so long, that she wondered if the flow of the camera had not frozen. “My gut was telling me something was wrong,” the woman said in support of her unusual decision to report the police use of force. “Hopefully the jury will not accept that a police officer can be trained to want to do so much harm, and to be so indifferent to human suffering”, moved The Washington Post.

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Indignation, also, in El Salvador, after the death, in circumstances similar to that of George Floyd, of a young Salvadoran migrant, during her arrest by the Mexican police. The resemblance of the images is astounding. Victoria Salazar, 36, mother of two and who had lived in Mexico for 5 years, was said to have had her neck broken on Saturday by the police who arrested her after an altercation in Tulum, in the east of the country. “My daughter’s case is similar to that of George Floyd,” says her mother in The Savior, who reports that Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has demanded justice in Mexico, presenting the death of Victoria Salazar as a manifestation of “misogyny”. But according to The universal, the scourge of police violence in Mexico goes well beyond the mere cases of feminicide. For the Mexican daily, which cites several high-profile blunders between 2017 and 2020, the problem is systemic and concerns both the police and the justice system. The newspaper mentions “an explosive cocktail of poor training (of the police), continuous abuse andsystematic impunity “, which “almost inevitably leads to tragedies like that of Tulum”.

We do not leave each other on this. In the various facts section, always, although in a much more amusing register, The Guardian reports on the arrest last week, not very far away, of a member of the Italian mafia, who was on the run in the Dominican Republic. Marc Feren Claude Biart, that’s his name, led a quiet life in Boca Chica, near Santo Domingo, before being betrayed by his taste for Italian gastronomy, which he considered important to share on YouTube, in videos where he explained his cooking secrets. Despite having taken care to hide his face, the alleged thug had exposed his tattoos, which ultimately allowed the police to identify him. What luck!

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