Reuters: Google signs copyright agreements with six French newspapers

Reuters: Google signs copyright agreements with six French newspapers. “Alphabet’s Google has signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, including national dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro, the U.S. tech company said in a post on its blog on Thursday. The announcement follows months of bargaining between Google, French publishers and news agencies over how to apply revamped EU copyright rules, which allow publishers to demand a fee from online platforms showing extracts of their news.”

The Connexion: French state to pay delivery fees for bookshops in lockdown

The Connexion: French state to pay delivery fees for bookshops in lockdown. “The French state announced yesterday (November 5) it will cover the cost of delivery fees for independent bookshops that are sending orders to customers during confinement in order to ‘help them continue trading through online sales’.”

IQ: Google Sued In France For Advertising Resold Tickets

IQ: Google Sued In France For Advertising Resold Tickets. “Ruling in favour of French live music association Prodiss, which brought the case against Google France and Google Ireland (Google’s European headquarters are in Dublin), the Judicial Court of Paris found Google liable for reputational damage to live entertainment professionals, noting that by accepting advertising from ticket resale sites, it may have given fans the false impression that rightsholders benefit from inflated secondary-market prices.”

Washington Post: Germany and France announce new national lockdowns, saying they have lost control of the coronavirus

Washington Post: Germany and France announce new national lockdowns, saying they have lost control of the coronavirus. ” German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron each announced month-long national lockdowns Wednesday, saying health authorities have lost control of skyrocketing new infections while hospitals fill rapidly. The announcements came as governments across Europe struggle to contain a second wave of the virus in colder weather, even after the relative success of strict lockdown restrictions in the spring.”

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic. “One of the world’s most iconic bookshops, Shakespeare and Company, has appealed to its customers for help as it is struggling, with sales that are down almost 80% since March. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing ‘hard times’ as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.”

Associated Press: Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum

Associated Press: Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum. “A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online.”

EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution

EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution. “The MIT Press announced today the publication of Databases, Revenues and Repertory: The French Stage Online, 1680-1793 an innovative collection of original essays that explore an important initiative in the digital humanities, the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP).” Free, not paywalled.

France24: France places Paris on top Covid-19 alert level as virus resurges

France24: France places Paris on top Covid-19 alert level as virus resurges. “Figures from the regional health agency ARS show new coronavirus cases remaining above 250 per 100,000 people in Paris, a threshold triggering the maximum alert protocol which has already hit the southern cities Aix-en-Provence and Marseille and their surroundings, as well as the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe.”

Reuters: Google poised to strike deal to pay French publishers for their news

Reuters: Google poised to strike deal to pay French publishers for their news. “Alphabet’s Google is set to reach a deal to pay French publishers for their news, the U.S. tech giant said on Wednesday, the latest move to placate media groups and head off regulators siding with publishers seeking a level playing field.”

Coronavirus: Marseille’s Covid-19 hospital beds ‘close to saturation’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Marseille’s Covid-19 hospital beds ‘close to saturation’. “The use of hospital beds by Covid-19 patients in the French city of Marseille is ‘close to saturation’ amid a sharp spike in infections. Surgeries are being reduced to cope with an incidence rate that has risen to 312 per 100,000 since September. New limits on gatherings are being introduced around Marseille and in the south-western city of Bordeaux.”

Coronavirus: Cases in France leap past 10,000 a day (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Cases in France leap past 10,000 a day. “France has reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a fresh surge in infections. On Saturday health authorities said there were 10,561 new cases, rising by more than 1,000 from Friday’s figures. The numbers of people admitted to hospital and intensive care are also increasing.”

BBC: France in huge coronavirus recovery plan focusing on green energy

BBC: France in huge coronavirus recovery plan focusing on green energy. “France has unveiled a 100bn-euro (£89bn) economic stimulus package to help repair the economic damage caused by coronavirus. President Emmanuel Macron’s government said the investment would include big spending on green energy and transport. Dubbed ‘France re-launch’, it is aimed at reversing rising unemployment, and includes tax cuts for business.”