Washington Post: I’ve eaten at restaurants, gone to a mall and attended concerts. That is life in France.

Washington Post: I’ve eaten at restaurants, gone to a mall and attended concerts. That is life in France.. “Over the past six weeks, I’ve eaten out at restaurants five times, attended two concerts, visited a large, busy indoor mall three times, had two haircuts, and repeatedly watched school kids run around the schoolyard. But that’s all been responsible behavior — because instead of being locked down in my house in the D.C. area, I’ve been in France, where life and the economy are now carrying on close to normal.”

Voice of America: Notre Dame Cathedral to be Rebuilt Without Modern Touches

Voice of America: Notre Dame Cathedral to be Rebuilt Without Modern Touches. “Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire. No swimming pool or organic garden on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or contemporary glass spire, or other modern twists. And to stay historically accurate, it will again be built with potentially toxic lead.”

France24: French police announce arrest of ‘darknet’ paedophilia site operator

France24: French police announce arrest of ‘darknet’ paedophilia site operator. “French prosecutors said Monday that police had arrested a man suspected of operating paedophilia sites on secret ‘darknet’ internet networks providing pornographic videos and pictures to thousands of people worldwide. The 40-year-old arrested near the southwestern city of Bordeaux on July 7 was described by prosecutors as “one of the 10 most-wanted targets” of authorities fighting child sex crimes around the globe.”

France: Bus driver dies after ‘attack over face masks’ in Bayonne (BBC)

BBC: France: Bus driver dies after ‘attack over face masks’ in Bayonne. “A bus driver has died in France, five days after he was attacked by passengers who reportedly refused to wear face masks, his family says. Philippe Monguillot, aged 59, had been left brain dead after the assault in the south-western city of Bayonne.”

Bayonne: Bus driver left brain dead after ‘attacked over face masks’ (BBC)

BBC: Bayonne: Bus driver left brain dead after ‘attacked over face masks’. “A bus driver in the south-west of France has been left brain dead after reportedly being attacked by passengers who refused to wear face masks. The driver in Bayonne had refused to allow several people – who had no tickets and were not wearing masks – to board the bus on Sunday night, a police source told AFP news agency.”

Reuters: France reports more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases, a first since end-May

Reuters: France reports more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases, a first since end-May. “France reported more than 1,500 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases on Friday, a spike unseen since May 30, while the number of additional fatalities linked to the virus rose by the highest amount in three days. French health authorities said in a statement the total of newly confirmed infections rose by 1,588, way above both the daily average of 498 seen over the last seven days and the 430 daily average since the beginning of June.”

Coronavirus: French defy lockdown with Festival of Music (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: French defy lockdown with Festival of Music. “Thousands of people gathered across France on Sunday to celebrate an annual music festival, defying coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Revellers ignored social distancing rules and danced in the streets for the Fête de la Musique, known as Music Day in English.”

NBC News: France’s top court upholds $56 million fine for Google over privacy breach

NBC News: France’s top court upholds $56 million fine for Google over privacy breach. “France’s highest administrative court has upheld a fine of 50 million euros ($56 million) Google was ordered to pay for not being ‘sufficiently clear and transparent’ with Android users about their data protection options.”

CityLab: In Japan and France, Riding Transit Looks Surprisingly Safe

CityLab: In Japan and France, Riding Transit Looks Surprisingly Safe. “Between May 9 and June 3, 150 clusters of new coronavirus cases emerged in France, according to the country’s national public health body. Defined as three cases or more of Covid-19 linked by contact, these clusters occurred largely in the sort of places you might predict they would: healthcare facilities, workplaces and homeless shelters — all sites where people mix in enclosed spaces for long periods of time and, in the case of hospitals, where people who are already infected are likely to congregate. What was striking however, was the number of clusters associated with public transit: There weren’t any. For almost a month, not a single Covid-19 cluster had emerged on France’s six metro systems, 26 tram and light rail networks or numerous urban bus routes.”

CNN: French parliament passes law requiring social media companies delete certain content within an hour

CNN: French parliament passes law requiring social media companies delete certain content within an hour. “The French parliament passed a controversial hate speech law on Wednesday that would fine social media companies if they fail to remove certain illegal content within 24 hours — and in some cases, as little as one hour.”

Coronavirus: Why reopening French schools is a social emergency (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why reopening French schools is a social emergency. “It’s obvious that a lack of schooling has increased inequalities, says France’s Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. ‘Social emergency’ is the term he uses to describe the need to unlock the country’s schools. France started reopening its education system after lockdown with primary schools, because it was even more important for young people than for older pupils, he explained.”