Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, has caused a stir after quoting Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky in his official New Year greetings cards, sent out to hundreds of elected officials and institutions across the region.
Like other European countries, France will see muted celebrations for New Year’s Eve amid the pandemic. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has ordered a visible security presence in city centres and flashpoint suburbs from 20:00, when the curfew begins.
Such a system of totalitarian control, should it ever come into fruition, will have achieved in mere months what fascism could not in years: the pacification and unification of a great swath of the world’s population not by bayonet, but by syringe.
Russia’s Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) has announced the development of a drug to fight against COVID-19, which would become the world’s first direct-acting antiviral antidote if clinical trials are successful.