At Paris airport, Covid tests are now mandatory for travellers from high-risk countries | AFP

At Roissy airport, near Paris, passengers from Sao Paulo, Brazil, are being tested for coronavirus. Tests are now mandatory for travellers coming to France from sixteen at-risk countries.

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Ukraine is Selling Gift Certificates for More Comfortable Jail Cells

France’s President has gone green, Ukraine is getting updated jail cells and all the other news you may have missed this week.

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Muslims pray to celebrate Eid outside Paris | AFP

In Villemonble, at the Alain Mimounes stadium, Muslims gather and pray to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice in a particular context with a net increase of coronavirus in France in recent days.

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Today in History for July 31st

Highlights of this day in history: Ranger 7 beams lunar pictures; France’s Marquis de Lafayette makes his name in the American Revolution; Thomas Eagleton withdraws as George McGovern’s running mate; Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling born. (July 31)

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French economy secretary visits a Smart factory that Daimler seeks to sell | AFP

French Secretary of State for Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher arrives at a Smart factory in Hambach, France where she is meant to meet with union representatives. Citing financial hardship related to Covid-19, the German group Daimler, which owns Mercedes and Smart, announced in July their desire to sell the factory that employs some 1,600 people.

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French housing minister Wargon discusses squalid housing after building collapse | AFP

France’s Minister Delegate for Housing Emmanuelle Wargon is in Marseille to meet with various collectives created after the collapse of a building. The topic is squalid housing.

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Masks, tests and beach closures: Brittany tourists under close scrutiny | AFP

In Quiberon, in the Morbihan region of France, holidaymakers are under close scrutiny amid a general rise in the number of COvid-19 cases. Everyone must wear masks and now beaches are closed from 21h00 local time until 07h00.

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France’s National Assembly holds minute’s silence for soldier killed in Mali | AFP

“I salute with deep respect his courage and determination”: Richard Ferrand, president of France’s National Assembly, invites deputies to observe a minute’s silence for soldier Tojohasina Razafintsalama, killed in Mali during an operation by the anti-Jihadist force ‘Operation Barkhane’.

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France charges Chilean with murder of Japanese ex-girlfriend | AFP

Chilean Nicolas Zepeda was charged with murder shortly after being extradited to France over the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said on Friday. Zepeda, 29, is the only suspect in the disappearance and alleged murder of Narumi Kurosaki, whose body has not been found, in a case that has gripped Japan and France. fom local prosecutor and lawyer for Kurosaki’s familyN°1VQ6LO

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Lawyer of murdered Japanese student arrives for French trial | AFP

Sylvie Galley, a lawyer for Narumi Kurosaki’s family, arrives at the Besançon courthouse ahead of the trial of Nicolas Zepeda, the Chilean national extradited to France on suspicion of having murdered his former Japanese girlfriend in 2016.

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WWF exposes “agony” of tailless whale wounded by man | AFP

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) draws attention to the “agony” in the Mediterranean Sea of a tailless whale, a symbol of man’s impact on cetaceans. The whale, named Fluker, has been known for years by experts at the Pelagos marine sanctuary, a protected area created between Italy, France and Monaco.

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Lawyers arrive before trial of Chilean accused of murdering Japanese ex | AFP

Defense lawyer Jacqueline Laffont and public prosecutor Etienne Manteaux, arrive at the Besançon courthouse ahead of the trial of Nicolas Zepeda, the Chilean national extradited to France on suspicion of having murdered his former Japanese girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki in 2016.

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Chile: Zepeda arrives at Santiago airport to be extradited to France | AFP

Nicolas Zepeda, accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in the French city of Besancon in 2016, arrives at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago to be extradited to France.

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Chile: Zepeda arrives at Santiago airport to be extradited to France | AFP

Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in the French city of Besancon in 2016, arrives at the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago to be extradited to France.

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Extradition of Chilean man accused of murdering Japanese woman begins | AFP

Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in the French city of Besancon in 2016, leaves the house where he was under house arrest in Valparaiso escorted by police, to be extradited to France.

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Chile: images of building where Zepeda is under house arrest ahead of extradition | AFP

Images of the building where Nicolas Zepeda is currently under house arrest in Valparaiso, Chile, before his extradition to France to face charges for the murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

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Tourists with and without masks, now compulsory in La Rochelle town centre | AFP

Holidaymakers and tourists flock to the old port in La Rochelle, most but not all wearing masks on the day it becomes compulsory in the town’s centre. Authorities in France have tightened rules concerning the wearing of masks in a bid to prevent another Covid-19 outbreak.

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French rail operator launches voluntary temperature screening for travellers | AFP

France’s national rail operator experiments taking travellers’ temperatures before they board high-speed TGV trains at Gare de Lyon in Paris in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 during a holiday season.

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French rail operator experiments with temperature terminals at Paris train station | AFP

France’s state-owned rail operator SNCF is experimenting with a system to measure the temperature of passengers before they board high-speed trains. The first tests are being carried out at Gare de Lyon in Paris with five “Health Terminals” installed on the platform, available for tests on a voluntary basis.

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Report submitted into future of France’s national health service | AFP

Nicole Notat, former boss of the CFDT union who has been in charge of piloting the “Ségur de la santé” – a two-month consultation on France’s national health service in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic – officially submits her report to the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

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Mask-wearing made compulsory in enclosed public places in France | AFP

Faced with an increase in Covid cases in France, wearing a mask is now compulsory in enclosed public places, and could cost offenders 135 euros. Images in a pedestrian street in Lille

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France: aftermath of fire in gothic cathedral of Nantes | AFP

Images of the aftermath of the fire in St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Nantes, which ravaged parts of the gothic cathedral, destroying the organ, and sparked an arson investigation.

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Protest march for Adama Traore, who died in police custody four years ago | AFP

“We let my brother die on the ground like a dog” says Assa Traoré recalled the story of his brother Adama at the start of a tribute demonstration to the young man who died shortly after his arrest at the end of a police chase in 2016. The march brings together thousands of people in the Val-d’Oise region of France who are demanding the truth about various cases of police violence.

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