Citizens in New Caledonia vote against independence and choose to remain part of France. Pro-independence parties boycotted the referendum in order to protest the alleged lack of time to campaign.
A convoy carrying French troops in Niger opens fire against locals in Téra, Tillabéri Region, who were protesting against the French presence in the country, killing two people and wounding 18 others.
Russia threatens to ban YouTube if it does not reinstate two German-language channels backed by the Russian state that were deleted for violating COVID-19 misinformation guidelines.
France raises its bird flu alert level to "moderate" after a severe strain of the virus was reported this week at a private household in the Ardennes department, near the border with Belgium.
Germany, Italy, France, and Spain suspend the use of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of blood clots.
YouTube announces a new policy regarding hate speech and harassment on the video sharing platform, saying it will specifically ban videos that include neo-nazi and supremacist content, subsequently suspending several popular right-wing channels, and demonetizing Steven Crowder's.
French authorities give up to 1000 migrants, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, until 8 p.m. local time on 23 February to leave the Calais jungle camp. Those who refuse to leave will be forcibly removed by police.
At least 48 people die and 15 are severely injured after a bus crashes into a truck 150 kilometres north of Lomé, capital of the West African nation of Togo.
Support for the protests in Turkey spread across Europe with demonstrators gathering outside the EU Parliament in Brussels, and France.
Israel announces the deportation of 5 people involved in activism to Belgium and France amid reports that hundreds more are to fly in from Moscow and New York.