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Thomas Pesquet, deconfinement, Indian variant and Benoît Paire: the information to remember this afternoon

2021-04-23T18:18:28.799Z

Here are the news that we have selected for you this Friday at midday. The info not to be missed It was D-Day for Thomas Pesquet. Shortly before noon this Friday, the French astronaut and his three teammates - a Japanese and two Americans - took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard Space X's Crew Dragon capsule. After 24 hours of travel, they will join the Station International Space (ISS). Read alsoLast preparations for takeoff, Thomas Pesquet's departure for



The info not to be missed

It was D-Day for Thomas Pesquet.

Shortly before noon this Friday, the French astronaut and his three teammates - a Japanese and two Americans - took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard Space X's Crew Dragon capsule. After 24 hours of travel, they will join the Station International Space (ISS).

Read alsoLast preparations for takeoff, Thomas Pesquet's departure for space in 10 images

This mission, called "Alpha", will last six months during which Thomas Pesquet is expected to take command of the ISS for about a month, a first for a Frenchman.

If a probable spacewalk awaits him, it will be mainly for Thomas Pesquet to conduct scientific experiments in zero gravity inside the station.

This is the second space mission for the 43-year-old astronaut.

What to also remember

  • Covid-19: the Indian variant in France?

    This variant, which worries the world, was detected in Belgium in students who passed through France and were vaccinated.

    The students, who had tested negative on departure and arrival, could have been infected during their bus trip between Paris airport and Belgium.

    Update on what we know.

  • Government announcements.

    Back to class, end of travel restrictions, stricter quarantine, vaccines ... The Prime Minister spoke again last night to take stock of the health situation, one month after the introduction of the third confinement.

    Everything can be found here.

  • Benoît Private pair of JO.

    The French tennis player, 35th player in the world, will not be able to claim a selection for the Olympic Games in Tokyo because of "the repetition of deeply displaced behavior", announced the French Tennis Federation (FFT).

    The latter refers to his misconduct and statements during the tournaments in Buenos Aires and Monte-Carlo.

The unexpected info

In Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), fans of fries are invited not to share them with gulls, as our correspondent tells us. The same goes for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, or other foods often eaten on the docks. "It is forbidden to feed these birds, under penalty of a fine of 68 euros", warns Franck Miellot, communication manager of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The campaign against the nesting of the herring gull is in full swing there, as every year between March and mid-May.

Source: leparis

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