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German hospitals treat French patients


New world. Bad internet connection at home? Here are some tips to improve it


Search for a Wi-Fi network on a computer.
Search for a Wi-Fi network on a computer. (JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOURDILLAT / RADIO FRANCE)

If you have trouble connecting to the internet, during this time of containment, there may be several reasons.

First, the internet connection itself. About ten million French people have optical fiber, which offers the best possible speed, and 19 million have an ADSL connection, of varying quality depending on the place of residence (in particular, the distance from the point of connection). Inevitably, if everyone starts using a medium quality connection simultaneously, it can get stuck. It is therefore advisable to “distribute the load” according to the hours, for example.

There may also be slowdowns in the Internet itself and in the network of your operator. Against this, however, operators have taken steps to maximize the throughput of their networks. It is also to avoid congestion, to lighten the network overall, that Netflix, YouTube or Facebook have reduced the quality of their videos.

The wireless connection in the home can also sometimes be of poor quality. In order to optimize the Wireless at home, you should place your internet box (or Wi-Fi router) in an open area (not at the bottom of a closet) and, as much as possible, in the middle of the home so that the whole home is covered by Wi-Fi waves. To improve Wi-Fi coverage, it is also possible to use a Wi-Fi repeater (device that extends the connection) or even to deactivate Wi-Fi from its operator box, often of high quality poor, in favor of a better external router.

In apartments, there can also be interference due to the heavy use of wireless connections by its neighbors. Against this, it is possible to make some adjustments at the router level (channel change, separation of the 5Ghz / 2.4 Ghz networks, etc.). Advice is available on the ARCEP website. Finally, the solution may also be to temporarily forget the Wi-Fi to connect your computer “the old way” using an Ethernet cable, in order to be assured of the best possible speed.

If the Wi-Fi connection is bad, the temptation may be great to fall back on your 3G or 4G connection, via your mobile subscription, if it is better. However, there are two things you need to know: first, be careful with your plan because the megabytes run very fast; then, it is not recommended because if everyone connects to 3G / 4G, it is the mobile network, more fragile, which risks being saturated. In reality, it is rather the reverse that is recommended, that is to say, connect your smartphone via Wi-Fi to your box to lighten cellular networks.

However, in case of absolute necessity, it is possible to use its mobile connection moderately. Several ways to do this: either by doing what you have to do directly on your smartphone, or by activating connection sharing on your iPhone or Android to connect a computer (the smartphone becomes a Wi-Fi router), either, with a router or a 4G / Wi-Fi box (which connects to the internet in 4G and distributes the connection in the house via Wi-Fi), provided you have such equipment.

Golf 8, the sporty Gti also arrives


Three letters to write a long story: Gti. That is: the sporty, touring version of the Golf. Ladies and gentlemen, the eighth series. That arrives (was presented in early March) almost a quarter of a century after the birth of the first generation: it was 1976. Since then, more than two million registrations have accumulated under that label worldwide. In the glorious life (for its industrial and social value) of Golf, a chapter on its own.

The first series: 1976/1983 The idea was original: a compact and light car, a powerful engine and a sporty set-up. When it was launched in 1976, no one could have predicted that the Golf Gti would become a cult object. A 1.6 110 HP engine with electronic petrol injection (1.8 from 82) pushed the car from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.2 seconds and up to 182 hours. The “Pirelli” special edition of 1983, with the 1.8 112 HP and made famous by the alloy wheels with P-shaped holes, was an immediate success. The interior was striking: plaid tartan fabric for the central band of the black seats, black cockpit roof and golf ball-shaped gear knob. Details that are due to Gunhild Liljequist, the first woman to work in Volkswagen design since 1964. “My travels from that period to Great Britain were very inspiring, where I was conquered by high quality fabrics with checked patterns”, explains Liljequist. The shift knob? “That was a totally spontaneous idea – he replies -. We were three and we reflected on all the elements associated with a sports Golf. When I threw the idea, everyone laughed, but then … “. The characteristic “Mars Red” line on the grille, the larger front spoiler, the plastic moldings on the wheel arches and the matte black frame on the rear window were instead ideas of the then chief designer Herbert Schfer. The red, still today synonymous with Gti, was also taken up in the interior in details: from the instrumentation to the decorations on the doors. In total, approximately 462,000 Golf Gti first series were produced.

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European tour of the armed forces, mobilized against the spread of the epidemic


Europe has become the epicenter of the epidemic with alarming situations in certain areas, notably in Italy. European countries, like France, have called on their army as reinforcements to fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The governments of many European countries have called on the military to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Either to provide medical aid or to support the security forces so that confinement is respected. Some examples from some of our European neighbors.

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In Germany, we anticipate

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been mobilizing army reservists since March 20 to fight the coronavirus. “We are preparing for the moment when the armed forces will be exhausted”said the minister. Of the approximately 75,000 reservists in Germany, around 2,300 have been mobilized, added to the 900 “medical reservists” who have already come forward.

In Switzerland, the “militia” as reinforcement

In this country where everyone must perform military service, the army intends to mobilize up to 8,000 “militiamen” – as they are called in the Swiss Confederation – out of the 100,000 currently identified. In Switzerland, the last recourse to the army in a health context dates back to 2015. During a heat wave, the soldiers were mobilized to supply water to the cattle in the mountain pastures.

Italy manages the emergency

It is one of the countries most affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus. Faced with this rampant epidemic, Italy has called in reinforcements for its army to evacuate patients by helicopter to hospitals where beds are available. Our neighbor across the Alps unfortunately also had to ask the military for help in caring for the dead, particularly in Bergamo, Lombardy.

In this town, located in the heart of the main center of coronavirus, funeral services are outdated. The military has already dispatched 15 military trucks last week to transfer the remains of the victims to neighboring towns. According to the daily Il Corriere della Sera, 17,000 soldiers have been mobilized in addition to the 7,000 who patrol the Italian streets for public order missions.

In Spain, the objective is health

Among our Spanish neighbors, the pandemic takes unexpected proportions. The Madrid region, the most affected in the country, is the subject of a health mission by the country’s army. The pavilions of the capital’s trade fair have been transformed into a field hospital where 200 patients have already been treated last weekend. 1,300 beds have already been installed, according to the regional government, and eventually the hospital could have 5,500, making it the largest hospital in Europe. The military, as in France and Italy, also help transfer patients to less overcrowded structures. They also carry out disinfection operations, particularly in retirement homes, which are very threatened.

And France?

France is currently confined to health missions. The Armed Forces Health Service and the army have deployed an intensive care unit capable of accommodating 30 intensive care patients in the parking lot of Mulhouse hospital in the Haut-Rhin. Several Air Force A330 Phoenix Air Force Morpheus rotations have taken place between Mulhouse and the Paca, New Aquitaine and Brittany regions to transfer patients to establishments able to accommodate them. A Navy building, the “Tonnerre”, equipped with a hospital on board, evacuated from Ajaccio, in Corsica, 12 patients to hospitals in Marseille.

Rav 4 on tap: Casa Toyota also discovers the beauty of the plug-in


The hybrid is a Toyota mantra, from unsuspected times. The numbers say it: of the 90 thousand units registered in Italy last year, two thirds of which are represented by hybrid models plus the electric Prius Easy to think that from the second half of 2020, the share will rise as the new Rav4 plug will arrive on the market -in, which will be added to the non-rechargeable one. Its new hybrid system consisting of the reliable four-cylinder petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery rechargeable from the external network to the car and a pair of electric motors The 306 hp of total power and all-wheel drive allow the car to start from 0 at 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds. There are four driving modes, the electric one allows you to travel at zero emissions for about 65 km, with a maximum speed of 135 km / h.

Aesthetically, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid it is characterized by a slightly different band from the others, with chrome in the lower part, for unprecedented air intakes and 18 or 19 “alloy wheels (optional), also with a new design. The interior has also undergone an update: see the new fabric of the seats and the multimedia system which has a 9 “screen and provides integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 2020 will also be the year for the special GR versions, developed in collaboration with Toyota Gazoo Racing, the sports department of the house. They concern the iconic Supra coup and the popular Yaris, which can already be ordered online, respectively at the price of 67,900 and 32,563 EUR. The GR Supra gained a second version equipped with the 2.0 258 hp four-cylinder engine and 400 Nm of torque.

Instead, GR Yaris builds on the experience gained from the House in the rallies – where he won the Marche title in 2018 and Drivers in 2019 – and will serve as a basis for the development of the next generation of the Yaris WRC. It should be emphasized that despite the ideological derivation and the construction on the same platform as the normal Yaris, the modifications are so numerous that it could almost be considered an S-model. 400 cm long, almost 6 more than the Yaris, while 180.5 cm wide (against 175 cm). The engine, mounted transversely, is a brand new and very compact 1.6-liter three-cylinder turbo: it has 261 hp.

Curiosity: the Japanese version, equipped with a more permeable particulate filter, due to the different anti-pollution regulations, it reaches 272 HP and 370 Nm. With such a powerful engine and such a small size, the GR Yaris’ performance is not surprising: less than 5.5 seconds to shoot from 0 to 100 km / h and 230 km. / h of maximum speed self-limited.

March 25, 2020 (change March 25, 2020 | 10:42)


Ford Kuga: charging! Plug-in, mild and full hybrid variants are coming soon


Ford’s news for 2020 are about electrification. But it was in the air, since Jim Farley, former head of new business (new forms of propulsion, software platforms, connectivity and artificial intelligence), from March the new Chief Operating Office with the task of taking care of all-round automotive activities and the goal of significantly increasing the company’s operating margin. Europe started the process massively: 14 electric or electrified models planned by the end of the year. And in Italy, a few weeks after its launch, the Puma hybrid is already the best-selling hybrid: for Ford, which estimates that the sales of hybrids will exceed those of petrol and diesel by 2022, a promising exploit.

But now the commercialization of the Kugas begins, the plug-in hybrid (petrol) and the mild hybrid (diesel). The first mounts a 2.5 combined with an electric motor driven by a 14.4 kWh battery that promises 50 km of autonomy with zero emissions. It has 225 hp in total, the automatic transmission costs 38,250 euros (net of bonuses and promotions) and has various driving modes, including one that allows you to recharge the batteries using the thermal engine, so you can always count on maximum electrical autonomy even if an external charging system is not at hand.

The mild-hybrid Kuga it uses a 2 liter 150 hp turbodiesel, aided by the electric motor in order to consume and pollute less, even if it does not have the possibility of moving only electrically. Manual gearbox and 28 thousand euros are enough. Towards the end of the year, the range will be completed with a full-hybrid, with the possibility of moving with zero emissions, limited to parking maneuvers and queues. The engine will still be the 2.5 petrol version of the plug-in. With this version the Kuga is Ford with more engine options.

Between May and June, hybridization will also affect Fiesta and Focus, which will adopt the Puma mild hybrid, consisting of the 125 bhp three-cylinder EcoBoost 1.0 engine, but not knowing whether the 155 variant will also be available. In the same period, directly from the USA, the Explorer plug will land in Italy -in hybrid. A 5 meter long, seven-seater crossover (or, alternatively, a load capacity over 2.2 cubic meters). The price has not yet been communicated (in the United States it costs the equivalent of 47 thousand euros, it should be around 70 thousand by us …), but it will not be a popular product since it is equipped with a 350 bhp 3.0 turbo-petrol V6 combined with an electric motor that adds 100, with the 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 13.1 kWh battery should allow an electric journey of 40 km.

Towards the end of the year, the Mustang Mach-E will also arrive in Italy, which despite bearing the name of one of the most famous American sports, an electric crossover of medium-large size (4.7 meters in length). Prices have already been made official (ranging from € 49,900 to € 66,850), but Ford has decided to postpone the distribution at the end of the year, when a larger number of high-potential charging stations should be available. The Mach-E, in fact, has very large batteries (75.7 kWh and 98.8) which require advanced systems to be refueled in a reasonably short time. But Ford also has a say in the infrastructure sector, since it is part of the IONITY partnership (together with BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen Group), which by the end of the year proposes to set up 400 stations in Europe with a capacity of 350 kW recharge, in addition to participating in other alliances that are spreading the presence of columns in thirty European countries.

This unusual Mustang now mounts engines from 258 to 337 hp and can have rear or all-wheel drive. But a sporty version of 465 hp has already been announced.

March 25, 2020 (change March 25, 2020 | 11:34 am)


after a call to a Franceinfo subscriber, Orange promises that no telephone line will be cut in the event of late payment


Every day, franceinfo opens its antenna to you so that you can testify of your daily life during this period of confinement. Among these listeners, Marie, who spoke of her problems with the telephone operator Orange.

It all started with a phone call a little before 9:30 a.m., Tuesday March 24 in the morning, on the line open to Franceinfo listeners. “Marie, who calls us from Paris… Hello Marie”, announces presenter Marc Fauvelle on the air.

Marie is an 81-year-old retiree, she addresses the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, guest of the morning: “I want to tell you about a big group, the Orange group”, begins Marie, in an angry tone. “When Orange did not receive the payment – which I had sent though – the company did not hesitate to harass and even cut the phone. I should have my phone cut today“, in full containment, explains the retired and while the distribution of mail by Post is reduced in this period of coronavirus.

If Orange threatens to suspend Marie’s landline, it’s for a backlog of 67.55 euros. The check, which corresponds to the payment for the months of January and February, did not reach the operator. Bruno Le Maire is worried about the situation. “Marie, you are 81 years old. I imagine that you are alone, confined. If, in addition, you are cut off from the landline or the cellphone, it becomes unbearable and it must not happen”, replies the Minister of the Economy. In the process, he ensures: “As soon as I hang up, I will call Orange’s president, Stéphane Richard, to tell him ‘watch out for landlines'”.

After this intervention on the air, everything goes very quickly: less than three quarters of an hour later, an Orange employee contacts Marie and promises her that her problem is solved. His line will not be cut. “It is a relief. There are many people who do not have a mobile, especially in the countryside. However, children are often far away. The elderly often only have a fixed telephone, they are unarmed with digital tools “, explains the retired.

I have a brother who is also elderly, he is also confined to his home and he has no cell phone. This landline phone is very important.Marie, an Orange customer threatened with having her line cuton franceinfo

The Orange group, which did not wish to comment on this episode, indicates for its part that it has modified the recovery procedures. The operator promises that during the entire containment period, no telephone lines will be suspended.

“1:15 pm on Sunday”. The world according to Chaplin – France March 2 – 22, 2020


Charles Spencer Chaplin, known as Charlie Chaplin, died in Switzerland on December 25, 1977, at the age of 88. He will have lived the last twenty-five years of his life at the manor of Ban, in Switzerland, a sumptuous property with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Since 2016, the family home on a four-hectare park has become a museum.

Forbidden to stay in the United States, his adopted country, at the beginning of the fifties, the creator of the character Charlot, bitter, settled at 62 in this haven of tranquility with his last eight children and his ultimate wife Oona, 27 years old.

Born in misery in London

Charlie Chaplin produced an immense work, became a millionaire, married four times and had eleven children … but what do we really know about the life of this man, born in London in poverty? For this document, signed Karine Comazzi, Frédéric Capron, Patrice Brugère and Oktay Sengul, the magazine 1:15 p.m. Sunday((Facebook, Twitter, #1:15 p.m.) had access, thanks to the Chaplin family, to the personal films made by his wife.

Three of her children and one of her grandchildren agreed to share their confidences. They bear witness to a time when Charlie Chaplin worked hard, while tasting the joys of a family life that he had not known in his childhood.