Jair Bolsonaro – The Plonker From Brazil

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Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ll be honest and say that I actually missed Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, enlightening us on the importance of being ill. I spend half my time trying to understand how the Dutch ministry for health manages to convince us that the pandemic is showing signs of stabilising whilst, at the same time, publishing figures […]

Macron’s COVID-19 Advisor Underestimated Pandemic

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I watched last Wednesday’s French news bulletin with a quiet bewilderment that bordered on incomprehension. The head of the governmental scientific committee, and advisor to president Macron over the COVID-19 pandemic, publicly admitted that he (and others) had underestimated the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Jean-François Delfraissy, immunologist and chairman of the coronavirus scientific committee, […]

Coronavirus Et Responsabilité Individuelle

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Il est étrange que ce que beaucoup de gens décrient dans nos sociétés – la solitude – nous évitera probablement de flirter avec une extinction partielle. En confinant l’ensemble de la population française à deux semaines d’assignation à résidence, Emmanuel Macron a utilisé l’un des maux de la société actuelle pour que les français puissent […]

Coronavirus – Ethics And Rationality In Decision-Making

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Implementation of restrictions in various European countries has made me realise to what extent we all took things for granted. Gone are the days where we could eat out, go to the cinema, or visit a museum, without thinking twice about it. But the coronavirus outbreak has also cast a shadow over my dental practice. […]

La Moralité d’Un Coronavirus

Reading Time: 3 minutes Quelques semaines après le début de l’épidémie du coronavirus, et je suis atteint. Non, je n’ai pas attrapé cette saloperie – heureusement – mais je devrai faire face à la perspective, tôt ou tard, de manquer de masques de protection pour mon cabinet dentaire. Grâce à la panique générale – même mes collègues ont fait […]

Claude Lévi-Strauss – Father Christmas Burned as a Heretic

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Reading Time: 7 minutes On December 24th 1951, a group of Catholic clergymen hanged and set on fire a Father Christmas effigy in front of at least 250 children in Dijon, France. Following the incident, the late French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote an article entitled “Le Père Noël supplicié” (“The tortured Father Christmas”) in the literary journal “Les Temps […]

FRANCE: Violences Conjugales – Un Mal Gaulois?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Certains records nationaux sont enviables, d’autres honteux. Les chiffres officiels concernant les violences conjugales en France font froid dans le dos: une femme est tuée par son partenaire ou son ex-partenaire tous les trois jours. Ce qui est encore plus inquiétant, c’est que les chiffres officiels ne reflètent peut-être que la partie visible de l’iceberg […]

La Vie En Rose – Domestic Violence Figures Shame France

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Some national records are enviable, others are shameful. The official figures concerning domestic violence in France make for grim reading – a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner every three days. France’s dismal record on domestic violence is certainly nothing to be proud of, but what is even more worrying is that the […]