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Trump And Bastille Day, How To Spoil France's Celebration Of Freedom

Why does France want to share its annual national party with a president that American history itself is already rejecting? In the UK, instead, a petition against Trump's state visit has a million signatures.

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PARIS — I love the United States, the land of all manner of excess, where one can choose between being a transhumanist, a vegan or a poker player. The land of audacity, where democracies can continually experiment with any possible future. Nothing distresses me more than the "anti-American obsession" of the French, to use the phrase of Jean-François Revel. Over the past year, I've traveled to Washington to play a small role in Jackie, to New Hampshire for a libertarian festival, and to Colorado to investigate the legalization of cannabis (a success, by the way). I am also very happy to have recently become a Young Leader of the French-American Foundation.

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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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