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Latest update : 2010-01-05

Swine Flu vaccines: did France overdo it?

French newspapers look into whether France overly prepared for the H1N1 epidemic. And Laura Smet, the daughter of French icon Johnny Hallyday, allegedly attempted to kill herself in a Parisian church.

Concerning the H1N1 virus and all the shots that France ordered, the French paper “La Croix” asks: Was it just a precaution or a little overly concerned? France had ordered some 90 million vaccines, but not a lot of people went to get their jabs. So the government is now trying to sell them to other countries.

In the cartoon in the “Libération” …you can see Roselyn Bachelot, the French Health Minister, trying to resell some these vaccines.
She’s saying: “Aren’t these vaccines pretty?”

But she won’t have to sell that many. Bachelot just cancelled 50 of the 90 million vaccines.

But, ”La Tribune” says, it isn’t all bad. The fact that so many people aren’t getting their jabs…also means the epidemic has gained the upper hand. France, for example, has had less reported deaths since the beginning of the Swine flu than anticipated. That’s rather good new, no?

France’s debate about national identity is making the front page in “L'Humanité”
Immigration Minister Eric Besson said yesterday…that the debate was not racist…and was not aimed at discriminating immigrants. But the paper is criticizing the debate as a whole…and saying the immigration minister is pushing a bit of an agenda

The “Figaro” on the other hand…says Besson’s comments took some of the pressure off! According to the article…the debate was a success. It is the biggest French debate on the internet…having pulled in some 540 000 visitors…

The French paper “Libération” published an editorial about French President Nicolas Sarkozy putting pressure on police to come up with good statistics…
Meaning…the number of arrests, etc.

Sarkozy is pushing for these numbers to increase. And, according to the article…this is the first time a member of the police has asked in writing for his man and women to increase their numbers.

There are ways you can get the numbers to look better than they are. For instance, if an apartment gets burgled, that’s one affaire. Chances are you’ll never catch the one who did it. But when you get stopped for speeding, well that’s one affair and since the driver is generally in his car in that case…the case also counts as solved.

“Le Parisien” reports, Laura Smet, the 26-year-old, the daughter of French icon Johnny Hallyday….was found unconscious in a Parisian church yesterday… after consuming a cocktail of medicines and alcohol…

They are saying it was a suicide attempt because she was torn between her father and her lover. Her lover is the brother of the doctor that operated Johnny Hallyday a few months ago. And, we all remember, that operation didn’t go over so well…Hallyday was hospitalized in Los Angeles and kept in an artificial coma.
 

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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