Lunchtime News Wednesday 3rd November 2021


Road accident - A truck driver has been injured following an accident on the A8 motorway this morning. The collision between two trucks occurred shortly after 8.30am near the Fréjus exit eastbound. Traffic was severely disrupted while emergency services intervened.

Professor Didier Raoult summoned by the Order of Physicians - Professor Didier Raoult has been summoned by the disciplinary chamber of the regional council of the Order of Physicians of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Bordeaux, for the examination of complaints filed against the infectious disease specialist from Marseille. The hearing will take place on November 5th at the Administrative Court of Appeal of Bordeaux. Several sanctions, ranging from a simple warning to a removal from the register, are to be discussed. According to reports Raoult will not attend the hearing.

In the autumn of 2020, the departmental council of the Order of Physicians of Bouches-du-Rhône had initiated proceedings against Didier Raoult, who heads the Institut hospitalo-universitaire Méditerranée Infection (IHU) in Marseille, accusing him of several breaches of the code of ethics related to the promotion of hydroxychloroquine to fight against covid. At the beginning of the covid pandemic in 2020 there was strong media coverage of Professor Raoult who advocated hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the disease, despite the lack of proof. Since last week, the institute and its director are also accused of having conducted since 2017 supposedly illegal "clinical trials" against tuberculosis, which they deny.

Triangle Tower - While COP-26 is being held, the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield group announced the launch of the construction of the Triangle Tower, a 180-meter-high skyscraper at the Porte de Versailles in Paris and following the announcement on Monday 1st November Parisian ecologists have since called for the project to be abandoned. For environmentalists, the project is contrary to the commitments of the Climate Plan of the city of Paris.

The Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield group, owner of the Forum des Halles and many other shopping centers, had until the end of October to sign the construction lease, said the mayor of Paris, otherwise the project would have been "questioned". The arrival of the insurer AXA, a new financial partner has relaunched the project.

First signs of snow - Several passes and peaks of the French Alps woke up this morning Wednesday, November 3rd under a thin layer of snow. The first significant snowfall is expected during the day. According to météo France the pre-Alpine massifs such as the Vercors, the Chartreuse, Belledonne, but also the Haute-Savoie will be the most exposed to snowfall with nearly 30cm expected.

Family embarks on an adventure to raise awareness - A family from Roubaix in northern France, have embarked on an adventure by leaving everything to go and travel by boat. The objective is to raise awareness of the ecological and educational transition through videos that they will share during their journey. The Lord family from Roubaix, Ivan and Marion and their four children are preparing to travel around the world on a boat casting off next spring. It took several years of preparation and reflection for the family before embarking. They have created the association L'Ancre et les Voiles a Facebook page and a YouTube page already active, where they will share their journey. It is through this that the family wishes to raise awareness of the individual and collective transition "towards a society that is more respectful of the living, more inclusive, more peaceful, more sober and more sustainable in the long term." The catamaran of 14 meters long and 7 meters wide is equipped with solar panels and a wind turbine. The family intends to produce as little waste as possible, relying heavily on reusable.

And finally

A new scientific study has shown that humans are more honest than previously thought. Often told that humans are compulsive liars may be misleading.

Researchers examined more than 100,000 lies told by 632 participants over the course of 91 days. They found that only one per cent of people regularly tell more than 15 lies per day, and most were little white lies. The study found that overall, the majority of lies were told by only 'a few prolific liars', but the majority of participants told few or no lies on a given day. 







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