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Channel Reversal: Will The Free Market Leave London For Paris?

With Brexit woes dominating the UK and the fresh air of Macron's victory in France, capitalistic economics in Europe may be turned on its head.

Passengers checking in to travel on Eurostar in London
Passengers checking in to travel on Eurostar in London
Gaspard Koenig

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PARIS — It was just one year ago that France was bogged down in regular demonstrations against a labor reform law and the coming presidential election looked set to offer a depressing rematch between the outgoing president, François Hollande, and his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy. Across the Channel, meanwhile, all was looking bullish in Britain, where the unemployment level had fallen below 5%, the conservative government's bet on austerity had just been overwhelmingly approved by voters, and the European issue was finally going to be solved with the upcoming referendum. It would all add up to a confirmation of the stunning transformation of a dying empire into a paragon of the open modern society.

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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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