“Conversion therapies” finally a crime, a Frenchman convicted in Iran for espionage, BA.2 the sub-variant of omicron ready to flourish in France… News from this Tuesday

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“Conversion therapies”: finally a crime! A final unanimous vote of the 142 deputies present this Tuesday in the hemicycle ratified the bill which targets “conversion therapies”, these practices aimed at imposing heterosexuality on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people. The text carried by the presidential majority creates a new offense in the criminal code punishing “conversion therapy” with two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros. The penalties may increase to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros in the event of aggravating circumstances.

In Iran, a Frenchman sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage. Detained for a year and a half in Iran, Benjamin Brière was tried last Thursday before a revolutionary court, despite the hunger strike he has been on for a month. The verdict fell today: the 36-year-old Frenchman was sentenced to eight years in prison. He is accused of espionage for having taken photographs of prohibited areas with a recreational drone in a natural park. He is the only known Westerner detained in Iran who does not have an Iranian passport.

An omicron 2.0 ready to take power in France. The BA.2 sub-variant, which uses the omicron scheme (BA.1) but presents several new mutations, is now spreading in France, after becoming the majority in Denmark and India. According to Olivier Véran, 60 cases have so far been detected on French territory, but it could actually be much more present.

Petrocrime in the Church: 20 million euros collected for the victims. The Fund for the relief and fight against abuse of minors (Selam), responsible for collecting contributions from bishops and dioceses intended in particular to support victims of pedocrime in the Church, announced that it had reached the objective of 20 million euros. that he had set himself. Meeting in Lourdes in November, a month after the publication of the Sauvé report on the extent of the phenomenon of paedocriminality, the episcopate had thus recognized the “responsibility” of the Church in these acts and swore that it was going to get its hands on the pocket.

Village of La Manche opposed to Elon Musk: the abandoned project. In February, Release went to meet the inhabitants of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron (Manche) opposed to the installation, on their territory, of a ground station by the billionaire Elon Musk. The Starlink project, the ground station of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron should, by 2025, accommodate nine domes housing communication antennas with satellites. The Space X subsidiary, also run by Musk, finally asked for its repeal on January 4. Read our story.

Inquiry into Downing Street parties. British police have launched investigations into the revelations of parties at the Prime Minister’s residence in full confinement. The investigation comes following the announcement in the press of yet another banned bamboche, this time for Boris Johnson’s birthday. The calls for resignation and the rebellion in its ranks continue.

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“I suffocate”: the images of the last seconds of Cédric Chouviat’s life which undermine the defense of the police. Release reveals a new video filmed by the phone of Cédric Chouviat, in which we hear him repeat several times that he can no longer breathe. It remains to be seen whether the agents also clearly perceived these words. See our video.

“Les Fossoyeurs”: investigation into abuse in nursing homes of the Orpea group. In a book-investigation, which will be published this Wednesday, Victor Castanet lifts the veil on a policy of cost reduction at all costs within Orpea, world leader in the nursing home sector. Since these revelations, the group has plummeted on the stock market. Read our decryption.

The not-yet-candidate Macron continues to campaign. After the Creuse on Monday, the head of state was in Haute-Vienne on Tuesday to try to patch things up with the officials. And shake the palms of a few onlookers on the way. Read our report.

Homeless: living from wandering and dying from indifference. When, at nightfall in a Parisian street, one of our journalists encounters a man living in the cold on the sidewalk, helplessness vies with anger. Read our post.

The high school reform disinterests girls in mathematics. Set up from 2019 by Jean-Michel Blanquer, the high school reform has drastically reduced the number of girls choosing the maths specialty in the final year. Before the reform, the final S had almost half of girls (48.4%), who did mathematics at an intensive level. In 2021, according to the latest available data, they were only 38.6%. This proportion is even lower than it was in 1995. See our data.

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