If you have a thyroid problem, better not to live in France. Last year angry patients hauled the French health authorities over the coals after enduring months of sickness from a new version of their sole treatment. So the government promised a choice of drugs. Yet three months later, those drugs are very hard to find. Not fun if your health depends on taking the right pill every day.
Malgré les promesses du gouvernement, le cauchemar continue pour les malades de la thyroïde. De nouveaux traitements devraient être disponibles pour ceux qui souffraient des effets secondaires liés à la nouvelle formule du Lévothyrox, seul médicament jusqu'alors autorisé. Mais début 2018, ces traitements se font rares. Pas drôle si votre santé dépend de la prise quotidienne du bon comprimé.
After Britain voted for Brexit European political leaders have been saying that they regret but respect the decision. I don't. That is, I accept the democratic verdict of the British people, of whom I am part, but I don't find anything to respect in there. Particularly as people like me were excluded from voting.
Nowadays we believe that democracy is one person, one vote. But does nationality or place of residence confer the right to vote? Britain has got those criteria all mixed up in its referendum on membership of the European Union. Up to two million Britons living abroad are disenfranchised, but some non-Brits living in the UK are able to vote. It doesn't make sense.
This blog is both a cry of outrage and a plea: this is not the first time Europe has seen a tide of refugees, so let’s take the lessons from our recent past and stop greeting the terrible tragedy of today’s refugees with political and bureaucratic injustice.
Those who attacked France last week forgot that this is the country of resistance. On Sunday 11th January, 2015, a sea of people – no, an ocean – demonstrated against the killers of Charlie Hebdo, the assassins of ordinary police officers and the gunning down of Jews. It was a staggering sight to see, and was followed around the world.
After well over a week of heavy air pollution across most of the country, France on Monday brought in a rarely used measure to limit traffic, allowing only vehicles with number plates ending in odd numbers on the roads on pain of a 22-euro fine. By midday Airparif, the body charged with monitoring the capital’s air quality, said that pollution levels were sharply down.
Perhaps it is just as well Paris didn’t win the bid for the 2012 Olympics, if the current state of its public transport is anything to go by. The French capital used to be a dream for getting around, with metro trains every few minutes and the RER regional express train network linking far suburbs on each side of the city in unbeatable times. But like the hare and the tortoise, London seems to have caught up while Paris took its eye off the ball.
It was revealing to see Facebook’s stock market debut flopping in the same week as JP Morgan Chase announced gigantic trading losses in late May. Both showed that planet finance is as out of control as ever and has learned absolutely no lessons from the financial crises of the 2000s.