U.S. Election, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus: Your Friday Briefing

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(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning.We’re covering France’s bid to avoid a lockdown, competing town halls ahead of the U.S. election and Boris Johnson’s play for time.[embedded content]Image The French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday announced a curfew for Paris and eight other major citiesCredit…Ludovic Marin/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesFrance’s half measures against coronavirusFrance thought it had beaten the coronavirus. But a roaring second wave has left French leaders scrambling for solutions to avoid another painful lockdown.The French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday announced a curfew for Paris and eight other major cities. The pressure on intensive care beds was intolerable, he said, adding, “Our caregivers are exhausted.”If the virus was ever under control in France, that was before the summer. But experts say that after that period, the French, like so many others elsewhere in Europe, let their guard down.The weekly number of new cases in Europe is now at its highest point since the start of the pandemic, rising to seven million from six million in 10 days, according to the regional director of the World Health Organization’s Europe …

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