#Eurosphere agenda: “Poland’s near-total ban of abortion… France church attack…

Protests in Poland over abortion law – Katowice, Poland
Two Polish women give their views after a court ruling prompted seven days of protests.
In France, an access block has been imposed on the tweet of Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Serdar Çam, who used swearwords in addressing the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after it published a cartoon of Erdoğan.
France church attack: What we know so far

A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack.
Infographic: France’s cartoon controversy

Insulting cartoons published in the name of freedom of speech have generated angry protests by Muslims worldwide.
Timeline: A series of attacks in France amid a debate over Islam

The atmosphere in France is tense, with three killed in an attack on a church in Nice.

Coronavirus: Macron declares second national lockdown in France

The tough new curbs on travel, businesses and gatherings are aimed at tackling a Covid surge.

France teacher attack: Macron leads vigil for beheaded teacher

The French President described Samuel Paty as a “quiet hero” at a memorial in Paris.

France teacher attack: Seven charged over Samuel Paty’s killing

They include two students, a parent of a pupil and three of the killer’s friends.

Coronavirus: Inside Europe’s most infected area

Gavin Lee reports from the epicentre of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is in Belgium.

Belarus opposition awarded 2020 Sakharov Prize

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, announced on Wednesday that the Belarusian opposition, represented by Svetlana Tijanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo, together with political and civil society figures, are the winner of the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience. The prize itself will be awarded in a ceremony in parliament’s hemicycle on 16 December.
Pope Francis has backed same-sex civil unions in an interview in a documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday, the Guardian writes. He said: “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”
Poland has some of Europe’s strictest laws, but the constitutional court tightens them still further.

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