Paris opens fa­cil­ity for drug ad­dicts

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South African pros­e­cu­tors say the coun­try’s fi­nance min­is­ter faces a fraud charge and must ap­pear in court on Novem­ber 2. The news yes­ter­day deep­ened un­cer­tainty about South Africa’s weak econ­omy and the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. Shaun Abra­hams, head of the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity, said the move against Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han was not po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. Abra­hams added that Gord­han (pic­tured) will be pros­e­cuted for il­le­gally ap­prov­ing an early re­tire­ment pack­age for a for­mer tax of­fi­cial. Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day, the South African rand weak­ened by about three per cent against the US dol­lar. The fall in the value of the coun­try’s cur­rency in­di­cated that in­vestors are jit­tery. Gord­han, who was fi­nance min­is­ter from 2009 to 2014, took up the job again in De­cem­ber in an ef­fort to re­store con­fi­dence in the econ­omy. He re­placed a rel­a­tively un­known fig­ure be­lieved to be loyal to Zuma. France will open its first safein­jec­tion room for drug ad­dicts de­spite years of ef­forts by con­ser­va­tives to block the plan. The room, lo­cated in north­ern Paris, is open­ing for a six-year test pe­riod as al­lowed by a health law passed last year by the So­cial­ist gov­ern­ment. In­tra­venous drug users will be given ac­cess to clean nee­dles un­der med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion and in the pres­ence of drug coun­sel­lors in an ef­fort to pre­vent vi­ral in­fec­tions and over­doses. About 100 ad­dicts are ex­pected to come daily to the room, which was un­veiled to of­fi­cials yes­ter­day. It will open on Fri­day.

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