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Shock at death of French teen climbing prodigy and Olympic hopeful Luce Douady


IN THE PAPERS - Tuesday, June 16: We bring you editorial reactions to a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court which enshrines LGBT rights within a sexual discrimination law. Here in France, Libération reacts rather creatively to Emmanuel Macron's warning to French employees that they will have to work more to help turn around the economy. And the French climbing federation is in mourning after the death of its teen prodigy and world champion Luce Douady.


LGBT and transgender workers in the US are rejoicing after a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court which enshrines LGBT rights in a sexual discrimination law. The New York Times' editors call it an emphatic win for civil rights, equal justice and common sense. They do urge caution though – the ruling could allow employers to argue in favour of discrimination against LGBT workers based on religious convictions. For now though, they say, the victory should be "savored". The conservative news magazine The National Review, meanwhile, laments that extreme modifying of the law. The editors wonder if employers could now be accused of workplace harassment for holding "conventional opinions about marriage and human biology".

Here in France, the papers are focusing on President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Sunday that French employees will have to work more to help the economy recover from the lockdown. His comments echoed that of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Libération, the left-wing paper, has responded with a rather wry front page: a morph of Macron and Sarkozy's faces with the headline "Macron brings Sarkozy out of lockdown". 

Staying in France, the climbing federation is in shock after the accidental death of teen prodigy Luce Douady. The 16-year-old junior world champion had set her sights on Paris 2024. She fell to her death in Grenoble on the weekend while climbing with friends. Douady had been seen as one of the brightest talents in the sport, which enters the Olympics for the first time next year.

Finally, a new study from the US has found that hummingbirds can detect colors that humans cannot! While humans are trichromatic, seeing shades of blue, green and red, birds can see an extra shade, which allows them to discern the UV spectrum. The finding sheds light on just how important colours are for animals in fending off predators and selecting mates. You can read all about that in National Geographic.

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