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Dépakine affair: back on a health scandal


The Dépakine affair resurfaced Tuesday, February 4, 2020 with the investigation of the Sanofi laboratory for “aggravated deception and involuntary injuries”. Prescribed for pregnant women, this antiepileptic drug can lead to malformations and developmental delays in children. On July 2, the courts ruled that the state had breached its monitoring obligations, and ordered compensation for three families.

A summer without bullfight or feria, from Nîmes to Arles, from Béziers to Mont-de-Marsan


“I plan my holidays according to the ferias. I sometimes go to see about twenty a year. This summer, of course, I had to change all my plans… ” For Nicolas Rivière, Toulousain of 35 and « aficionado » confirmed – this adjective that designates bullfighting enthusiasts – the season will be white. No Olé! » in the arenas, colorful shows, popular fervor, even fewer huge parties in the streets of Nîmes, Arles, Béziers, Mont-de-Marsan, Bayonne or even Vic-Fezensac.

The southern arc of bullfighting, from Gard to Pyrénées-Atlantiques, through Gers and Hérault, has seen all its bullfights and ferias canceled due to the crisis due to the coronavirus, for a season that s ‘generally extends from March to the end of September. “It’s a trauma for everyone, we are all very worried and without much visibility”, admits Mr. Rivière. In Nîmes, where more than a million people wander during the September feria, or in Vic-Fezensac (Gers) – where, at Easter, 50,000 people attend four days of bullfighting in a village of 3,000 inhabitants – the whole industry had to stop: bullfighting clubs, breeders of fighting bulls (ganaderos), bullfighters, horsemen, volunteers and, of course, cafeterias and hoteliers.

“Rugby-Feria-Ham Fair Triptych”

For André Cabannes, president of the bullfighting club of Vic-Fezensac, “We limited the breakage because we had not yet paid the contracts with the bullfighters or breeders. With a budget of one million euros, we will be able to pass this catastrophic year. The concern is above all for the economy of the village. ” According to him, coffee makers and restaurateurs realize between 30% and 50% of their annual turnover in summer, during the feria, then during the Tempo Latin festival or the night markets, also canceled.

The Union of French Bullfighting Cities (UVTF) has launched “A call for solidarity for a new economic model to be implemented. “ With fifty member cities and seven first-class arenas, the association, chaired by the mayor of Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Jean-René Etchegaray, called on the various communities to support all the links in the chain.

“In Bayonne, the rugby-feria-ham fair triptych represents 70% of the local economy”, underlines Alain Lartigue, representative for bullfights in the Basque city, Mont-de-Marsan and co-organizer of those in Arles (Gard). This former president of the bar, who takes care of the purchases of bullfighters and contracts concluded with bullfighters – oscillating between 15,000 euros and 140,000 euros for a bullfight -, is at the heart of a “Machine that was already seizing up. Our tradition is losing ground, the world of culture is evolving and changing very quickly. “

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The Prosecutor’s Office asks to bring Benzema to trial for the Valbuena case


The Versailles Prosecutor’s Office (south of Paris) asked that the Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, accused of “complicity in attempted blackmail” against the also footballer Matthieu Valbuena, be brought to trial.

This case about a video with sexual content, which exploded in 2015, ended Benzema’s international career, who has not been called up again with the French national team since November of that year, and also that of Valbuena, former player of Olympique de Marseille and Olympique de Lyon.

The Prosecutor’s Office also requested the prosecution for the same charges of four other men in the world of soccer, but requested the dismissal for Djibril Cissé, the first to inform Valbuena, now an Olympiakos player, of the existence of the video.

Intimate video

The case centers on an intimate video of Valbuena who was in the possession of three men, more or less close to the footballers, and who they allegedly used to try to extort the former Lyon player.

Karim Zenati, a childhood friend of Benzema and one of the alleged blackmailers, contacted the Real Madrid player, who was supposed to try to convince Valbuena to pay. Benzema discussed the video with Valbuena at the training center of the French team in Clairefontaine, according to him, in a friendly way, although the accusation claims that Benzema actually tried to pressure and threatened his partner.

Benzema was charged in November 2015a few months before the 2016 European Championship, which was held in France, for “complicity in an attempt to blackmail” and “participation in an association of criminals”, crimes that can be punished with up to five years in prison. The Real Madrid player is also exposed to a fine of 75,000 euros.

His lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, said “not at all surprised by charges as unjustified as they are artificial.” “It is in line with what the Prosecution does in this case from the beginning,” he insisted. The person in charge of the defense of Valbuena, Paul-Albert Iweins, celebrated for his part the notification of this Thursday, estimating that “the responsibilities are well established”.

Valbuena had seen in conversation with Benzema in October 2015, during the preparation of the friendly match against Armenia (French victory 4-0), an induction to pay. He filed a complaint and a police officer posed as his intermediary. Suspicions quickly led to Mustapha Zouaoui and Axel Angot, two men from the soccer scene in Marseille. Both would have devised several plans to contact Valbuena. One of them was to reach him through one of his teammates, which is why they would have contacted Karim Zenati, Benzema’s childhood friend.

Zenati and Benzema were initially suspected of “complicity in an attempt to blackmail” and “participation in an association of criminals”. That last charge was finally dismissed.

For its part, the Prosecutor’s Office requests prosecution for “attempted blackmail” for Axel Angot, Mustapha Zouaoui and Younes Houass, the latter another intermediary of the instigators of the extortion. It is now up to the investigating judge to rule on a possible trial.

During the five years of the procedure, the defense has tried to cancel the investigation. Benzema has not returned to the ‘bleus’ despite being considered one of the best attackers in Europe and being one of the great stars of Real Madrid. Therefore, it has not been able to be part of the squads that were runners-up in Europe in 2016 and world champions in 2018.


Online couriers strike: Delivered in São Paulo


Millions work in Brazil for online delivery services, without rights and for little wages. Now they are fed up and are on strike for the first time.

Tired of bad working conditions: Supplier in São Paulo on Wednesday Photo: Amanda Perobelli / reuters

Sao Paulo taz | Paulo Lima, called Galo, the rooster, is a food supplier in São Paulo, actually just one of many in the growing army of online delivery services. But his life has changed fundamentally for a few weeks now: he is now fighting against those for whom he is working, against the tech companies.

Lima organizes workers who have no contracts, no bosses to speak to, and no union representation. That makes his job anything but easy, he tells the taz. “The aim of these companies is to divide and separate us,” says Paulo Lima. “This has come to an end now.” Like many of his colleagues, he took part in a nationwide strike on Wednesday – the first of its kind.

Online delivery services have been booming not only since Corona, various companies are competing in the Brazilian market. The drivers with the huge, square backpacks have become an integral part of the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, 3.8 million people are already said to deliver food that customers can order conveniently from home using apps on their smartphones.

The drivers work for multinational tech companies such as Uber and iFood, but are not employed by them and have no employment contracts. In Silicon Valley jargon, they are therefore considered to be “entrepreneurs”. Lima sees it differently: “We are workers. And we are being exploited. “

Hardly any wages, stress, accidents

The wages are low, drivers have to buy vehicles, and repair costs themselves. Due to the time stress there are many accidents. The strikers are now demanding higher hourly wages, accident insurance and less pressure.

Hardly any other industry makes the contradictions of digital capitalism so clear. Most of the suppliers in Brazil are young, black men from the suburbs. So also Lima, who lives in a poor district in the east of the megacity Metropolis São Paulo. His class consciousness, he explains proudly, comes from hip-hop.

Lima was at work at the end of March when a tire on his motorcycle burst. Since the food did not arrive, the platform temporarily blocked him. Out of anger, he rounded up a few colleagues with the aim of organizing himself. The group “Antifascist Suppliers” was created. When tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets against the government in May, Lima and his colleagues were there as well, raising their fists and publicly demonstrating for their rights for the first time.

Lima quickly became the spokesman for the group, eloquently denouncing the precarious working conditions with the slang of the suburbs. Videos of his speeches went viral and he became famous overnight. In one of these videos, the 31-year-old curly head says: “It is torture to be hungry and to carry food on your back.”

The companies reject the harsh criticism. The drivers knew exactly how much they earned. The numbers of the new drivers speak for themselves. In fact, the platforms are a blessing for many unskilled Brazilians during the Corona pandemic.

Many accept the poor wages and working days of more than 12 hours. Better bad work than none, many think. Tech companies are benefiting from the dramatic economic crisis: unemployment is rising rapidly, according to the IGBE statistics institute, there were 1.2 million new unemployed in the first quarter of 2020 alone. The many new suppliers are again pushing down wages.

Customers boycott the apps

With the strike on Wednesday there was now a first rearing up. Many customers also support the suppliers and boycotted the apps. There were street protests in several cities, social movements showed solidarity, a left party even offered Lima to run him as a candidate for the municipal elections planned for October. But he refused. “I’m a street politician, that’s enough.”

It is remarkable that food suppliers are fighting for their labor rights. Because the industry is considered difficult to mobilize for industrial action. “Technological development has changed the understanding of work,” says Flávia Silva, project coordinator of the regional office of the DGB education center in São Paulo, the taz. “Many suppliers no longer feel like workers because they have no traditional employment.” And the unions that represent formally employed industrial workers are still struggling with this new type of working class.

In addition to precarious work and accidents, there is now another cause for alarm for the suppliers: Corona. No country has had as many new infections in recent days as Brazil. More than 60,000 people have officially died of COV-19, only more in the United States. Many food suppliers have been infected with the virus. Galo is also very afraid of illness because he lives with his family. But he depends on the money. That is why he will go out with his motorcycle again in the next few days and deliver food.


Three months of works to update the only athletics track in Bilbao

Yesterday’s image of the Zorroza athletics track, whose tartan (the red zone) will be renewed after 20 years of use. / pancreas nieto

Bilbao Kirolak will undertake from the 13th the renovation of the Zorroza facility, inaugurated in 2000

Igor Barcia