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Désolé, France is not on the trajectory of the partial solar eclipse taking place this Saturday (Aug. 11). About a century ago, Parisians were luckier: The total eclipse of April 17, 1912 brought them out to the streets in droves. The spectacle was front-page news in the country — alongside early reports of a certain maritime disaster, that happened just two days before this picture was taken: the sinking of the HMS Titanic.

Pendant l"éclipse© Eugène Atget / OneShot

French flâneurEugene Atget (1857-1927) was a pioneering documentary photographer. His images of architecture, landscapes and fashion offer a unique glimpse of Paris and its culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1920s, toward the end of his life, Atget's work attracted attention from avant-garde artists such as Man Ray, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.



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Will China's Zero COVID Ever End?

Too much has been put in to the state-sponsored truth that minimal spread of the virus is the at-all-cost objective. But if the Chinese economy continues to suffer, Xi Jinping may have no choice but to second guess himself.

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The tragic bus accident in Guiyang last month — in which 27 people being sent to quarantine were killed — was one of the worst examples of collateral damage since the COVID-19 pandemic began in China nearly three years ago. While the crash can ultimately be traced back to bad government policy, the local authorities did not register it as a Zero COVID related casualty. It was, for them, a simple traffic accident.

The officials in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou, of course, had no alternative. Drawing a link between the deadly crash and the strict policy of Zero COVID, touted by President Xi Jinping, would have revealed the absurdity of the government's choices.

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