On the front page this Sunday, December 26 …

Covid-19. Faced with the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, in particular linked to the progression of the Omicron variant, several countries are implementing new measures. Thus, Belgium has decided to close cinemas and theaters from this Sunday. The Federation of Performing Arts Employers (FEAS), which brings together more than 60 cultural operators in French-speaking Belgium (institutions, companies, venues, etc.), expressed its « great anger » and « great incomprehension » . Cinemas, theaters and concert halls must indeed close from this Sunday for at least two weeks, while cafes and restaurants can open until 11 p.m. (with tables of up to six people). The restrictions are due to be reassessed in early January.

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Algeria. This Sunday December 26 marks the 30e anniversary of the victory in the legislative elections in Algeria of the Islamic Salvation Front. The Islamist movement, which had been created three years earlier, had gathered 47% of the votes in the first round. But the ballot was quickly canceled by the military. The country then fell into a civil war, which left tens of thousands of deaths.

Sports. A traditional flagship moment of the English championship, Boxing Day does not promise to be festive this year, as Great Britain and the Premier League clubs face a flood of positive cases of the Omicron variant. Thus, three matches scheduled for Sunday have been postponed. But more are still scheduled: Manchester City will face Leucester at 3 p.m., while Aston Villa will meet Chelsea at 5.30 p.m. Aston Villa coach Steven Gerrard will not attend his team’s next two matches, however, as he has tested positive for Covid-19. The resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic has also led to the postponement of three matches of the 13e Top 14 day, scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Thus, this Sunday, at 4 p.m., Perpignan will face Castres, while at 9 p.m., Stade Toulouse and Stade Français will oppose.

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