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Marie Antoinette’s silk shoe goes on the block in Versailles

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 22:25 A silk shoe that belonged to Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France who was executed during the French Revolution, will go up for auction on Sunday with a starting price of €10,000 ($11,800). Advertising Read more The sale takes place in the Palace of Versailles, where the queen – who has gone down in history as a symbol of the excesses of the French monarchy – and King Louis XVI held court before they were guillotined in 1793. The shoe bears her name on its heel and Jean-Pierre Osenat, of the auction house that is conducting the sale, said she is thought to have worn it regularly during daily life at the palace. During the French Revolution, the shoe ended up in the possession of Marie-Emilie Leschevin, a close friend of the queen's head chambermaid, and whose husband was later killed by the guillotine. Her family held on to it for generations before it came to auction 227 years after her death. "This auction is coming at a time when F..

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WHO dashboard documents record daily Covid-19 cases

Issued on: 15/11/2020 – 22:27 The World Health Organization's coronavirus dashboard on Sunday showed a record daily number of new Covid-19 cases over the weekend as France registered 27,228 new cases and a further 302 deaths over the past 24 hours, according to health ministry data. Advertising Read more The WHO's figures for Saturday showed that 660,905 coronavirus cases were reported to the UN health agency, setting a new high watermark. That number, and the 645,410 registered on Friday, surpassed the previous daily record high of 614,013 recorded on November 7. Within Saturday's new case numbers, the WHO's Americas region registered a one-day record high of 269,225 new confirmed cases. Within each week, the pattern of cases being reported to the WHO tends to peak towards Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and dip around Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the WHO's figures, there have been more than 53.7 million confirmed cases of the disease in total s..

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