Notre Dame fire: activists launch lawsuit over ‘toxic fallout’

Authorities accused of failing to act swiftly to contain potential lead poisoning French authorities are under growing pressure over possible health risks from the Mediapart this month said Paris authorities were not being open enough about risks and had waited a month after the fire before conducting tests in the nearest schools. Health officials insisted they had been transparent about testing for lead levels and were keeping parents informed. Sbastien Delavoux, a firefighter and representative of the CGT union, said he was concerned that not enough had been done to decontaminate fire engines and equipment used to put out the fire and questioned whether sufficient health support and testing had been given to fire officers. He said his union had …

The angry chef or the Michelin guide: which giant ego are you rooting for? | Dale Berning Sawa

The standoff between Marc Veyrat and the famous guide is about power and who has the last word, says food writer Dale Berning Sawa Marc Veyrat, the French weekly Le Point, saying: Hello, call me back please, its urgent. And when they did, he proceeded to relay, in great, indeed in operatic detail, quite how awful the fallout has been. He has been depressed, he has had dark thoughts. He hasnt been able to sleep or feed himself. He has cried as if his parents had passed away all over again. He has envisaged the very worst. The worst, of course, to his mind, had already happened. The Michelin, he said, would never be able to atone for this terrible …

Zava bags $32M to expand its AI-free telehealth service in Europe

More money is being injected into the telehealth space in Europe. Zava, a long-time player that bills its online service as offering a “discreet and convenient” alternative to an in-person doctor visit, has just announced a $32 million Series A round, led by growth equity firm HPE Growth. Zava relies on patients filling in an online medical questionnaire which is reviewed by a person from its team of in-house doctors/clinicians as part of the remote consultation process. Test kits and/or medicine can follow in the post or be sent to a pharmacy for the patient to collect. “Zava provides reliable and convenient access to a qualified clinical team, via written communication, which drives an effective patient:doctor relationship,” says co-founder and …