Health Defense Council, Omicron, New Year … Featured This Week

Covid-19. The executive is mobilizing, this Monday, December 27, with a Council of Ministers to accelerate the change from the health pass to a vaccine pass and another meeting to assess the situation already created by the meteoric progress of the new Omicron variant. Emmanuel Macron will thus hold by videoconference this health defense council devoted to Covid-19 at 4 p.m., one hour before the Council of Ministers which must adopt the bill establishing the vaccine pass.

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Burma. The court will deliver its judgment on Monday, December 27, on the charges against former leader Aung San Suu Kyi for illegal possession of walkie-talkies. For this, Aung San Suu Kyi risks in theory three years in prison but this is only one of the many accusations which, according to the analysts, aim to remove him definitively from the political arena.

Trial. The jurors should give their verdict, this Tuesday, December 28, at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. This woman helped her boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein, surround himself with young girls whom he sexually exploited, between 1994 and 2004. She faces a long prison sentence if she is found guilty of the six crimes with which she is charged, all in link with sexual violence committed by the American financier on four victims, minors at the time of the facts, and who testified during the trial since the end of November.

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Diplomacy. This Wednesday, December 29, President Putin will receive his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus is notably the scene of a vast repression of the voices critical of the power of Alexander Lukashenko since his re-election in August 2020. In reaction, the West, in particular the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States have multiplied the sanctions against Minsk.

Football. The auction of properties, cars and other goods that belonged to famous footballer Diego Maradona will end on Wednesday, December 29. Almost 90 lots were offered in international online auctions, broadcast from a hotel in Buenos Aires, with goods as diverse as caps, sports shoes, a house, two BMW cars, a cigar humidor, televisions , for bids ranging from 50 to 900,000 dollars (44 to 800,000 euros).

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Celebration. 3, 2, 1 … Happy New Year! This Friday, December 31, the world will get ready to celebrate the New Year. However, the festivities are likely to be restricted by numerous measures across the world, due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. In France, President Emmanuel Macron will also present his wishes for 2022.

Europe. France will take the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, this Saturday, January 1, 2022. France thus succeeds, for six months, Slovenia. « Revival, power and belonging » are the priorities announced by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. This Saturday will also mark the 20e anniversary of the official entry into circulation of the euro in 12 European countries.

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Sports. A sporting week, but which fears many cancellations due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. In Tennis, the ATP Cup in Sydney, Australia, will begin this Saturday 1is January and will last until January 9. Arrived in Australia for his participation, world number 14 Denis Shapovalov has also announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19. In Football, the Premier League is also struggling to organize all its matches, due to Covid-19 contamination. Thus, the matches between Leeds and Aston Villa and between Arsenal and Wolverhampton, scheduled for Tuesday, December 28, have been postponed. Some matches remain, however, maintained: Tuesday, Leicester will face Liverpool at 8 p.m., while Wednesday evening, Brentford and Manchester City will oppose.

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