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IN THE PAPERS – Wednesday, April 15: We look at coverage of the first anniversary of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, while a gloomy IMF report warns of a future world recession and Donald Trump suspends US funding to the World Health Organization. Finally, there’s a new term for a relatively new phenomenon caused by confinement – zumping, the act of being dumped via the videoconferencing app Zoom!
French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral within five years. But a year after the fire and in the midst of a devastating coronavirus pandemic, that goal is looking less likely, French paper Le Figaro says. Renovations have stalled and questions still abound over reconstruction and how to secure the building.
The IMF’s gloomy world economy forecast is also dominating the dailies today. As the Financial Times reports, the IMF warned of a slump in output not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s. This despite a predicted sharp recovery for next year. The “Great Lockdown” will lead to a “Great Depression 2.0”, as the Emirati paper Khaleej Times notes on its front page, also evoking that IMF report.
US President Donald Trump has announced that the US will suspend funding to the World Health Organization, pending an investigation into its handling of the pandemic. For this Guardian writer, Trump’s move is confirmation that he is in search of a scapegoat to mask his administration’s delayed and chaotic response to the crisis. The US being the biggest WHO donor means this decision will “only endanger public health”.
Finally, apps like Zoom have become hugely popular for work conferences and online dating during confinement. But this has also led to an unfortunate spike in break-ups. In fact there’s now a term for it – zumping, getting dumped via Zoom! You can read all about it in the New York Post.