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♪ >> welcome to "live from paris world news and analysis" from france 24. emmanuel macron's warning we will have to live with covid-19 in the long term. he spoke following the eu summit on the coronavirus pandemic. an attempted coup d'etat in armenia. the prime minister faces growing anger over the troops from azerbaijan, described as a betrayal. violence in myanmar as demonstrators purporting to be
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-- demonstrators oppose the military junta and support aung san suu kyi. thank you very much for being with us. european leaders met this thursday to try to find ways to speed up the production and rollout of covid-19 vaccines. they acknowledge it is a race against the emergence of new variants, that some fear could bring a third wave of the pandemic to the continent. 15.5 million doses of vaccines have so far been delivered. 29 point 7 million administered with about 5.7 million citizens having had their first dose. >> [speaking french]
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mark: it's the same dilemma that comes over and over again, how to keep angst moving but stop things spreading. the english variant has been called the british variant. i think british is inaccurate. this variant occurred in england . emmanuel macron, as we heard, talking about the borders, traffic going over and keeping business running whilst stopping the spread. it seems like almost a contradiction in terms, but at the same time, he put the boot over astrazeneca over their inability to mt supply. >> yeah, he did. it was interesting during his press conference because he was
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asked about the eu's export transparency mechanism. this is a mechanism put in place a couple of weeks ago that would allow for the export of vaccines from companies that have not met their contractual obligations to the eu, but he really steered away from any explicit call for a ban. i'm told national leaders asked him to get more aggressive with astrazeneca about the threat to use the van but did not actually ask them to pull the trigger on the fan. this seems consistent with president von der leyen's remarks. she noted that the unitestates has an export man -- export ban on vaccines. she said that the eu's approach is just to monitor the export right now, but during his press
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conference, mccrone said -- macron said astrazeneca will be meeting less than half its obligation in the first quarter. today, astrazeneca's ceo appeared before the european parliament and tried to l.a. nerves, just tried to allay nerves. he did not come out and say astrazeneca would meet its second-quarter promise. national leaders want the commission to get tough with astrazeneca and use the threat of a potential export ban but not yet pulled a trigger. mark: it is a remarkable state of affairs. let's talk about the borders again. the eu councile president says eu borders could close. tell us more about the implications of th.
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>> six countries have already gone ahead and closed their eu internal borders. belgium is the most extreme example. it has a blanket ban on anyone coming in and out of the country except for essential reasons. eu leaders decided that such restrictions on non-essential travel were necessary in light of the new variants, but such restrictions actually violate the eu's schengen border code. there are exceptions for health reasons that were used last bring in an extremely chaotic way. they want to avoid another situation of that. eu leaders told the countries earlier this week that their blanket brands were disproportionate and they need to replace them with more targeted measures. i think we will see the result
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in today's discussion, if it will result in a change in behavior by member states to reverse the strand of these eu internal border closures we have seen over the past weeks. i think we will see a change where th keep the blanket brand for travel out of the eu but within the eu, they will replace it with a targeted approach, targeting those dark red regions where cases are more prevalent. we will see if belgian -- if belgium does that tomorrow. we will see in the coming days how forthright leaders concerned about the eu were in convincing countries that have closed internal borders to reverse course. mark: issue emmanuel macron
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talked up might be a way to get around this issue order closures. >> his position on the issue is confusing. the french government has not been shy about saying the don't like the idea for a variety of asons, one of which is that it effectively forces peopleo ge the vaccinations. you're not letting them live their daily lives or go to a concert unless they have the certificates. the problem is you get the risk of having 27 different forms of the vaccination certificate and maybe countries within the eu do not recognize each other's certificate. at this point, there needs to be agreement on what standards to use. i do not think france is going to requirehem, for internal domestic things or for travel,
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but if greece goes ahead and requires them, which it looks like they will, france is going to want to make sure the certificates y get when yo are vaccinated in france will be accepted by greece. they are on the same page here by at least coordinating information that is on certificates. requiring certificates is a different story. mark: keeping up with all developments on this extremely important story. let's bring you the covid latest here in france. 25,000 new cases, 216 new deaths over the past 24 hours. meanwhile, the french prime minister said the covid-19 situation is very worrying in 20 french departments. he said stricter limits are being enforced in those areas.
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if covid figures show no improvement, he said he would recommend to local authorities considering partial lockdowns, similar to the weekend lockdowns and lamented in coastal towns nice and dunkirk -- implemented in coastal towns nice and dunkirk. >> the partial lockdowns are measure we need to use wisely at the right time. we need to delay it as much as possible so our vaccination strategy can bear fruit. mark: the issue of vaccines and delivery of vaccines have caused a great deal of newsprint to be written and speculation online. astrazeneca taking a lot of criticism on the issue, promising in january it could deliver 400 million doses. this week, it was delivered via a source on the eu negotiating team there is a problem meeting second-quarter deliveries, too.
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a shortfall of something like 19 million doses. astrazeneca has come back by saying they will meet the required numbers. let's take a look at our report. >> reassurance that they are still on track -- that was the message from the ceo of astrazeneca. >> i confirm we will deliver 180 million doses to europe in the second quarter of the year, of which 20 million will go to italy. >> the comment comes amid speculation the company is falling far short of its promise to supply the bloc with 118 million doses by june. it is not the first time astrazeneca's deal with the eu has come into scrutiny. the bloc had been let down by the drugmaker in january when it announced it would deliver 75 million doses less than promised during the first month of the
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year. the shortfall could negatively affect the eu target to vaccinate 70% of the adult population by summer. some states are also struggling to assure the public about the concerns of the efficacy of the astrazeneca vaccine. authorities had to plead with germans to get the vaccine as doses went unused across the country. >> [speaking german] >> in france, shots of astrazeneca's vaccine are due to start being administered to patients aged 50 to 64 this week. mark: next, armenia's prime minister is accusing top military officers of attempting a coup after they demanded he stepped down, adding fuel to the protest calling for his
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resignation. the latest tensions were triggered by the prime minister's decision to oust the chief of general staff. >> as you can see behind me, the situation is still not back to normal. the prime minister's supporters ended their protest earlier today. proponents to the prime minister are still gathered. they even mounted tense -- tents to spend the night. they say they will stay for weeks if they have to to make sure the prime minister resigns. this comes hours after the chief
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of staff asked for the prime minister to resign. we will see how the situation will evolve in the next few hours, the next few days. o still has strong popular support in armenia, especially with young people. it is the same popular support that broadened in 2018. mark: we get more as this story develops, as it clearly is going to. next, international pressure on the military junta in myanmar increases. protesters purported to be made up of supporters of aung san suu kyi. >> it began as a promilitary march.
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thursday, a rare massive show of support for me and mark's -- myanmar's recent coup. counterprotesters bank pots and pans in anger, but as the crowd neared the central railway station, the situation turned violent. a group of junta supporters brandished knives and slingshots at protesters who have heckled them. witnesses reported stabbings and beatings. >> [a speakg foreign language ." >> a surveillancvideo from the scene shows a crowd fleeing from a man with a knife. he later appears to stab another man on the sidewalk. police eventually broke up the fighting, and by the afternoon,
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protesters had reclaimed the area for their daily protest. mark: the military coup has been condemned worldwide. china notably remaining silent on the issue, at least publicly. any demonstrations which have been taken since then, the military has tried to suppress, and then this latest clash between military supporters and supporters of aung san suu kyi. we bring you the latest as we get it. let's take a look at the latest world headlines. emmanuel macron is warning we will have to live with the covid-19 virus in the long-term. he spoke in front of the eu summit on vaccines. an attempted coup d'etat in
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armenia. the prime minister faces growing anger over the truce with azerbaijan, described by opponents as a betrayal. violence in myanmar as demonstrators clash. time for business. i'm pleased to announce we have kate moody here. boeing has agreed to pay fines for failing to comply with safety measures. >> 6.6 million dollars in penalties is what has just been announced by the u.s. federal aviation administration because they failed to meet requirements , understood to have covered discrepancies between's engineering and any fracturing performing metrics. it is unclear if it was directly related to the 737 max plane, which was involved in two deadly
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crashes. boeing is faced with several headaches, including ongoing fallout from the 737 max scandal as well as this weekend's engine failure on a 777 playing. boeing shares dropped on the news today 5.6%. that was part of a larger selloff on wall street, which saw the tech-heavy nasdaq plunge to its worst close since october. the s&p 500 down nearly 2.5 percent. the dow jones shedding one point 7%. we saw shares of facebook and google's parent company alphabet, each down over 3% today. the 10-year treasury yield meanwhile jumped in what was known as a flash spike today. european indices closed down today as well. twitter shares but the negative
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trend, up as much as 7% earlier -- twitter shares booked -- twitter shares bucked that negative trend after outlining a long-term shakeup of s service. the changes will include new community-based offerings as well as super followers which could allow users to subscribe to exclusive content from other tweeters. the company has seen slower growth against apps like tiktok, which cater to a younger demographic. consumer morale in germany has risen despite the ongoing lockdown. a survey showed the first monthly increase in consumer sentiment since october, but that could be a risk if the number of coronavirus cases is not halted. >> a familiar sight for months now. close to shops and commerce all but stalled, particulay following a tough lockdown in january last year. a research institute says there
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could be a release of pent-up demand. >> [speaking german] >> germany shut down bars, restaurants, gyms, and cultural cents in november before adding schools and non-essential businesses the next month. despite the measures, the economy still grew in the fourth quarter compared to the previous months. however, it is not yet exactly clear when coronavirus restrictions will loosen with fierce for half of businesses hit by the lockdown facing bankruptcy without an injection of state aid -- fears for half of businesses hit by the
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lockdown. >> [speaking german] >> either way, germany and europe as a whole will ultimately need to wean the economy off covid relief. keeping businesses afloat in such a could result in zombie companies. >> a second court has ruled in favor of a restaurant in marseille. the case could still had to france's top board. thousands of restaurants, cafes, and other businesses have sought damages from insurance companies since the country first went into lockdown. this was the first at an appeals level. around 15,000 french businesses
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have similar contracts. the case could set a precedent and open the door to major payouts by a number of insurance companies to come. eu leaders have been holding talks on the rollout of covid-19 vaccines, travel restrictions, and the possibility of introducing a vaccine passport, hoping to better coordinate their handling of the pandemic and set the stage for a recovery. the eu has outlined its own plan to ease measures and potentially help travel through mid-may. >> spain's beaches have long been a draw for british tourists, and with the u.k. government announcing a roadmap out of lockdown this week after months of restrictions, the allure is still very much there. >> [speaking spanish] >> travel firms and airlines
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reported an explosion in bookings with top destinations including spain, greece, portugal, and turkey. however, there is still uncertainty over if the u.k. will be able to meet its may 17 deadline for permitting international travel, particularly with newer coronavirus variants sparking concern in europe. for now, little having been done to standardize an approach to mass travel. >> you will not jt be worried about if you can get into this country. you will be worried about if you can get into the country you want to visit and if you have to have sets -- different sets of checks and test for coming back to the u.k. then going to that country. it's going to be complicated and difficult to get your head around. >> there has been talk of vaccine passports, though a common approach will likely be
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needed on an international level , with an extra layer of complication added for the u.k.'s departure from the eu. even as airlines hope to salvage something of this year after 2020 loss to covid, it seems like brits will have to wait for final approval at the state level. mark: thank you very much indeed. stay with us. more to come live from paris. ♪ >> the date was december 17, 20 10. tunisia began to rise up. the revolution was not only political. it was also cultural
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on walls across the country, paintings and political caricatures appeared almost overnight. art became a means of expression and a way to inform people. at the time, several young artists started small groups like the cave people. >> [speaking foreign language] ♪ >> it was then egypt's turn to respond to the call for freedom. just like in nisia, artists played a major part in the
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movement. in cairo's rear square, famous traditional artists began painting large murals. the people were demanding freedom, and artists responded accordingly. the walls of the egyptian capital seem -- soon became covered in cartoons which aimed to educate consumers, a way to combat mainstream media, which was busy telling the government line. the world of music underwent its own revolution once famous singers gave way to younger musicians from the newer generation, like this band called cairobi. ♪ some 2000 kilometers away, it was also taking pulp in -- taking hold in yemen.
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♪ the walls surrounding the main square became canvases where citizens thirsty for freedom were allowed to express their hopes and dreams. graffiti workshops were even organized, allowing thousands to familiarize themselves with the art of caricature. ♪ this libyan rapper called the philosopher is speaking directly to muammar gaddafi, calling on him to step down. the dictator ruled the country for over 40 years. a local artist came up with a new style of wall painting combining arabic calligraphy with pop art colors. the murals were kept, and two years later, artists travel to
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libya and took the opportunity to add their art and message, transforming the street into an open air art exhibit. syria also joined the unprecedented call for freedom and change, but the revolution which began with graffitin the walls quickly rned into a bloodbath. "what a shame," a song that became a rallying cry for a movement which managed for a few months to stop repression. artists often sought to remain anonymous. only a handful of people publicly declared their support for the movement. 10 years have now passed since the people of several arab nations rose up against their
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leaders. the current political landscape is often thought of from the hopes of 2011, and many have died in the quest for change. popular art is a legacy that remains a reminder of that unprecedented push for freedom.
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02/25/21 02/25/21 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from new york, this is democracy now! >> 210 million dose of vaccine have been administered globally, but half of those are in just two countries and 80% are in just 10 countries. more than 200 countries are yet to administer a single dose.


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