French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce new COVID-19 lockdown measures Wednesday evening. The announcement comes as a surge of new cases and deaths is forcing the government to find ways to stop the spread of the virus during the winter months, according to The Independent.
According to reports, there were more than 500 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday night in France, which was up from 257 from the day before.
Many other European nations have already started to lockdown. Those nations, including Italy, noted a substantial increase in numbers of COVID-19 patients.
Italy was the latest European country to announce restrictions. Those went into effect Monday and will stay in place until Nov. 24. Those restrictions will force bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m., while gyms, movie theaters, and public pools will close completely. The Italian government is also asking citizens to stay home and to limit contacts to their immediate family, as reported.
“We think we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said during a Sunday press conference.
Macron will address the nation at 8pm (7pm GMT). He is expected to attend meetings with the defense council and cabinet, according to The Independent.
There are many protests across the globe in lieu of increasing COVID-19 lockdowns. Paris is under a strict curfew which forbids anyone from leaving their homes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The capital is one of eight other cities under curfew in France.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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