A French foreign ministry official said France had summoned Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye over Beijing's tit-for-tat sanctions and to underscore the unacceptable nature of what it regards as insults and threats aimed at French lawmakers and a researcher. Germany, traditionally milder in its criticism of a country with which it has deep economic relations, also called in the Chinese ambassador in Berlin, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels. Denmark also joined the chorus of criticism, with Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod saying in a statement that the Chinese sanctions were "a clear attack on But it was France that reacted most sharply, summoning Lu, who has long raised eyebrows in Paris for his outspokenness. The Chinese embassy in Paris last week warned against French lawmakers meeting officials during an upcoming visit to self-ruled Taiwan, drawing a rebuff from France.
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The tech company, which counts the London Stock Exchange Group and Fidelity among its backers, is looking to expand internationally after being involved in a number of share sales in Britain. PrimaryBid provides the tech infrastructure to connect individual investors with issuing companies and the investment banks coordinating their corporate fundraising. Sambasivan said the deal it is discussing in France is likely to be a follow-on trade, while the U. PrimaryBid's offering would fit well with the U. IPO market, Sambasivan said, given the potential for other well-known tech names to follow the likes of Airbnb and Roblox onto the stock market. PrimaryBid has been used by more than , retail investors since its launch in The order book it generates per deal is anywhere between , pounds and 50 million pounds, it said.
Reuters reported on Thursday that the Haute Autorite de la Sante HAS had opted for the dose-mixing recommendation, which has not yet been evaluated in trials. The French decision came after European drug regulators said on Wednesday there was a possible link between AstraZeneca's COVID shot and a very small number of cases of rare blood clots. Some countries had already suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution, but most have resumed using the shot, although some have done so with age restrictions.
The French government warned Friday of increased police checks to enforce travel restrictions in place in Paris and several other regions as coronavirus cases continue to soar around the country. Checks at train stations, airports and motorway toll booths will "increase from today", the prime minister's office said, describing the situation as "critical" with the arrival of a third wave of infections. The move came after France placed three more departments in limited lockdown, with around 20 million people, including those in the Paris region, prohibited from travelling further than 10 kilometres six miles from home except for essential reasons. Daily cases in France have nearly doubled since the start of the month, reaching over 45, on Thursday, with the number of people in intensive care now standing at 4,, not far from the peak during the second wave in November. In Paris, the pressure on hospitals is even greater, with the bulk of non-essential surgeries being cancelled to free up beds amid the rapid spread of the more contagious British variant, which now causes the majority of infections nationwide.