May 5th 2020


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Day 49 in Carcassonne


1st Day of the 8th week of confinement


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So here we go, we start the eight week of confinement. Hopefully next week will see some relaxing of the current rules. I am quite happy with that on one hand and fairly pessimistic on the other hand. I fear people will over do it and throw all cautions overboard.

Looking forward to the press announcement from our Mayor (which according to his Facebook post on Sunday) is scheduled for today but on the other hand his office knew nothing about this. I had an exchange of emails with them yesterday (it keeps me busy) and am now waiting to hear from them what their information policy is.

in the meantime, if something transpires, I shall update this post and advise.

The “départements” confinement map has not changed yesterday and still shows Green=50, Orange=10, Red=32.

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I mentioned a couple of days ago a very good article on the differences between France and Germany. I have in the meantime finished translating it and you can find the 🇬🇧version here.

The daily Dashboard

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JJ’s prediction

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71 days or July 15 till the end of the lockdown in France

Information & News

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▶︎ Masks

They appear to be available about everywhere chemists, shops etc. What quality are they, one will never know but they should at least compete with the home made ones.

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I did say “camembert” I promise


▶︎ Headline summary of the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday in the Senate

1 A grant of 200 euros to certain young people in precarious situations
2 “There were never any hidden stocks” of masks.
3 Short-time working in force until 1 June, gradual adjustments
4 Deconfinement “postponed” in Mayotte
5 A resumption of religious ceremonies on 29 May under consideration
6 Installation of the new municipal councils suspended on the advice of the Scientific Council

The Senate will further debate today and propose 7 law amendments to allow the extension of the Health Emergency Bill by the announced 2 months.

▶︎ Post Office

The postal deliveries should go back to normal, 6 days a week (currently 4 days a week) as of May 11th.

Food & Drinks

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Beetroot Barley Risotto from Renia


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From Al: Englishman, Scotsman, and an Irishman go into a bar.Those were the days 🤣

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The daily selection



Some authentic oldies 





The dreaded Statistics

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1. International Statistics: Top 10 countries according to the deaths count

Monday May 4th 2020

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2. International Statistics: Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other: 

Monday May 4th 2020

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3. International Statistics: Cases by country v population (1.000 cases or more only)

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4. National Statistics: France follow-up

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5.  Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude

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