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    Video caption: Coronavirus: French lockdown highlights small business struggles

    The online giant has postponed Black Friday in France after pressure from the government.

  2. Christmas plans and more bans: Europe round-up

    A view of Christmas illuminations in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in Berlin, Germany, 23 November 2020
    Image caption: Berlin's Christmas lights are up and now German leaders have to agree what families can and cannot do for the holiday

    It's not just in the UK that rules for the Christmas break are being finalised. Germany's 16 federal states plan to allow gatherings of up to 10 people (that number doesn't include under 14s) for Christmas and New Year festivities, according to a draft proposal to be decided on on Wednesday. The partial lockdown would continue until 20 December and schools would shut the day before.

    In France President Emmanuel Macron is set to announce a loosening of restrictions in a TV address this evening, after a meeting of the country's defence council. An easing of lockdown could start with non-essential businesses such as bookshops and clothing stores reopening on 1 December, along with places of worship and sport clubs, then there might be a greater easing ahead of Christmas and again in January.

    Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova has warned that hospital capacity in six regions has become critical and the general situation is getting worse. Another 24,326 cases have been reported in the past 24 hours with a record 491 deaths. Golikova says Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has now been circulated to 117,000 people and mass vaccinations could start in the new year.

    A ban on public events of more than eight people has come into force in Sweden, to try to slow the spread of Covid-19. Last week a ban on serving alcohol after 22:00 was imposed. Private gatherings of more than eight people are still allowed. But Sweden has the highest infection rate among the Nordic countries.

    Back to Germany where the anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein has accused Covid-denying movement Querdenken ("outside the box thinkers") of mocking Holocaust victims by likening restrictions to persecution of Jews. On Saturday a woman calling herself Jana was widely condemned for telling a rally she felt like executed anti-Hitler Resistance hero Sophie Scholl because she was challenging Covid measures.

    Spain's King Felipe VI has gone into self-isolation for 10 days after having close contact on Sunday with someone who tested positive. He will spend the time in private at Zarzuela palace in Madrid while the Queen and their daughters will continue their official activities.

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    Video caption: Paris police break up migrant camp amid scuffles

    Scuffles broke out at a square in central Paris when police dismantled a new migrant camp overnight.