Free counselling for French children suffering Covid crisis angst

France — Link

Following alarming reports of a surge in cases of mental illness among children due to isolating restrictions and anguish  brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic,  including attempted suicides and self-harming, French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced measures to allow free psychiatric counselling for affected minors.

'Beirut 2020', the chronicle of a country in collapse


Lebanese author Charif Majdalani has put aside fiction to write an account of the profound economic and social crisis of his country, so tragically illustrated by the deadly mega-blast in the port of Beirut in August, with the publication in France this autumn of a diary, Beyrouth 2020; journal d’un effondrement (Beirut 2020; the diary of a collapse). Lucie Delaporte reviews this moving and nostalgic reflection on the demise of Lebanon, once dubbed “the Switzerland of the Middle East”, which nevertheless sees a spark of hope amid the rubble.

The virus crisis for Senegal's fishing industry

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In Senegal, the West African former French colony, the fishing industry plays a major social and economic role. While it is a key provider of protein for the population, it is also a major sector for exports, employing around 600,000 people, representing 17% of the country’s labour force.    With the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the dive in air traffic, fish exports have plummeted, while emergency measures imposed to contain the spread of the virus, including a night-time curfew, add further to the crisis. This photo reportage in the port of Hann, one of Senegal’s biggest fish auction sites, situated on the outskirts of the capital Dakar, was led over two days in mid-April, shortly before the start of the Ramadan in this majority Muslim country. The port is normally bustling with activity and a constant toing and froing of ocean-going pirogues, the largest of which can spend weeks trawling the Atlantic. But already, the fishermen and wholesalers were facing a severe downturn in business, when even the most coveted fish, normally reserved for the Asian and European markets, were selling at knock-down prices on local markets.

As unrest continues on Mayotte, vigilantes round up 'foreigners'

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A group of residents in the French-ruled Indian Ocean archipelago of Mayotte, paralysed by turmoil since mid-February amid protests against dire economic conditions and the mass arrivals of immigrants from the nearby Comoros islands, are reported to be rounding up people they identify as foreigners with no legal status and handing them to police.

French Guiana paralysed by heightening protests

International — Link

Social unrest amid complaints about crime, living costs and poor healthcare has paralysed French Guiana for days, shutting down its international airport and forcing the cancellation of the launch of two Arianespace rockets intended to place in orbit communication satellites.

Hundreds of French farmers killing themselves every year

France — Link

Up to 600 agricultural workers a year kill themselves in France with low pay resulting from reduced farm prices seen as contributory cause.

France begins receiving Syrian refugees amid 'Christians only' call from mayor

International — Link

As France opens its doors to migrants, the conservative mayor of Roanne in central France, said his town would only accept Christian refugees.

France's 'alternative' farmers point to a new rural model

France — Report

French farmers last week blocked Paris with more than 1,500 tractors in the latest of a series of protests at the dire financial difficulties many now find themselves in, which they blame on ever-lower prices paid for their produce, taxes and social charges, and industry standards that are strangling them in red tape. But a growing number of smallholdings in France are successfully bucking the trend, proving that there is an economically viable alternative to the failed model of conventional farming and mass production sold on the cheap - in the form of quality produce sold directly to local outlets. Julien Sartre reports from Brittany.

French pork crisis deepens

France — Link

As benchmark pig auction in Brittany reopened Tuesday, the absence of large meat processors meant prices could fall below agreed minimum.

The agony of France’s medical deserts

France — Report

Many of France’s rural and semi-rural regions have for years been blighted by the gradual but steady decline in the numbers of local doctors, notably general practitioners. The problem is now so acute in some areas that it is virtually impossible for patients, including the seriously ill, to receive proper medical treatment. That is the case in the Seine-et-Marne département (county) which stretches south-east from Paris. Caroline Coq-Chodorge travelled to Souppes-sur-Loing, a town with a population of 6,000 that sits on the southern edge of the département, where the crisis is typical of the medical ‘desertification’ witnessed across France. Facing the imminent loss of all remaining medical professionals, the municipal authorities are planning to fork out 1 million euros in a desperate attempt to attract new doctors, even though healthcare is not their brief.

Hollande, Merkel and Putin arrive in Minsk for Ukraine talks

International — Link

The French, German and Russian leaders will be joined by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for negotiations for a ceasefire in east Ukraine.

France and the shadow of the euro

International — Link

While the collapse of the French government highlighted policy divisions and personal ambitions, the cause is the crisis in the eurozone.

Euro crisis is over, says France's Francois Hollande

International — Link

Despite high unemployment and recession, French president tells Japanese business leaders the four-year financial crisis that gripped EU is past.

Shirt-maker's woes dress challenges for an economy snagging at the seams

France — Link

In a once flourishing textile-producing region in central France, the challenges facing a small shirt-manufacturer paint a broader economic picture.

For whom the bell tolls amid the crisis in Greece

International — Opinion

The common future of Europe’s peoples is being played out in Greece - not only the future of our economies, but also that of our democratic institutions, writes Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel. He argues here why the Greeks are not responsible for a crisis produced by Europe's blind leaders, who abandoned political vision to serve the interests of the world of finance, and why the crucial parliamentary elections to be held in Greece on June 17th offer an audacious alternative to the prevailing dogma that is sending us all towards catastrophe.