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New TV Series: What If Leaders Of France And Germany Were Secret Lovers?

A German series imagines the unlikely passion between the heads of state of Europe's two continental powers. No, no: That's not Merkel or Hollande ... and certainly not Sarkozy.

Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
Thibaut Madelin

BERLIN — He has just been elected as French president, and meets the German chancellor three weeks later during a European summit. On the agenda: Germany's request to France to shut down its nuclear plants and engage in new energy policies.

During the night, the two leaders run into each other in the hotel's kitchen. The French president had trouble sleeping and decided to make himself scrambled eggs. The chancellor felt like having a glass of warm milk. They discover that 25 years earlier they'd spent a memorable night of passion together in Berlin, the exact day the Wall fell.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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