European countries cancelling the Covid debt

Billions of euros, a treaty and magic: understanding the debate on the cancellation of the "Covid debt Le Monde  Adrien Sénécat and  Agathe Dahyot     04 March 2021  https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2021/03/04/des-milliards-un-traite-et-de-la-magie-les-cles-du-debat-sur-l-annulation-de-la-dette-covid_6071914_4355770.html Some officials are calling for not paying off part of the EU's public debts. A proposal that opens a heated and sometimes complex debate. To deal with the crisis caused … Continue reading European countries cancelling the Covid debt

The Vichy Trial of 1942 at Riom

The Vichy Trial of 1942 at Riom In 1940 a great nation found itself at its lowest point in history.  Having failed to act with determination and consistency after the triumph of the Versailles Agreement concluding the First World War, France found itself divided and occupied.  The Nazis governed two-thirds of the country with Paris … Continue reading The Vichy Trial of 1942 at Riom

The Freemasons in France during the Occupation

The Freemasons in France during the German occupation. The Freemasons were banned by the Vichy Government from the start, on 19 August 1940.  The defeat had been complete and lightning fast; the government had fled from Paris, then from the Loire (where Churchill visited it) on to Bordeaux.  The choice was between armistice and capitulation.  Then the … Continue reading The Freemasons in France during the Occupation

Obesity

This continues on the topic of obesity in connexion with Covid 19, relevant almost equally to France and the UK. Covid 19 has revealed social inequalities: the less well-off and black and ethnic minority people are more likely to suffer more severe forms of the disease and even die of it.  Because obesity affects these groups … Continue reading Obesity

Review of ‘The Riom Trial’ By Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Tissier

Review of ‘The Riom Trial’ By Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Tissier Maître des Requêtes au Conseil d’Etat Author of “The Government of Vichy” George Harrap and Co. London 1942. In February 1942 Vichy gave the world a strange spectacle, that of a country discussing in public the reasons for its occupation by a foreign power. And the … Continue reading Review of ‘The Riom Trial’ By Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Tissier