Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 — a North American earthquake that sent shock waves around the world — a form of anti-racism has come to prominence in France. This movement, part of decades of postcolonial struggles, emerged in the wake of the Adama Traoré Committee, named after a young 24-year-old French citizen who died on July 19, 2016, in conditions eerily similar to those of Floyd.
Canada is already experiencing a deadly third wave of COVID-19. But the rise of the P1 variant threatens to make the pandemic worse. Governments and the public will have to act fast to prevent further spread of a scarier variant.