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French Church Hit By Child Abuse Scandal

"Can Barbarin fall?" asks French-language weekly Tribune de Lyon on its cover this week, in reference to Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin, who is accused of covering up acts of paedophilia.

Cardinal Barbarin, one of France's top Catholic clerics, is accused of failing to take action against 70-year-old priest Bernard Preynat in 2009, when he became aware that Preynat had sexually abused children between 1986 and 1991. Preynat, who was removed from duty in May, has been under official investigation since January.

"I have never, never, never covered up acts of paedophilia," Barbarin told journalists at a press conference in Lourdes earlier this week.

Although the Vatican is backing Barbarin, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has asked Barbarin to "take responsibility" in the child sex abuse case that Tribune de Lyon likens to the Boston scandal depicted in the movie Spotlight.

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Eyes On U.S. — California, The World Is Worried About You

As an Italian bestseller explores why people are fleeing the Golden State, the international press also takes stock of unprecedented Silicon Valley layoffs. It may be a warning for the rest of the world.

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For as long as we can remember, the world has seen California as the embodiment of the American Dream.

Today, this dream may be fading — and the world is taking notice.

A peek at the Italian list of non-fiction best-sellers in 2022 includes California by Francesco Costa, a book that looks to explain why 340,000 people moved out of the state last year, causing a drop in its population for the first time ever.

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Why are all these people leaving a state that on paper looks like the best place in the world to live? Why are stickers with the phrase “Don't California my Texas” attached to the back of so many pick-up trucks?

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