Have you picked up the news? We summarize the main information of the last two days.
- Borne government: Damien Abad “disputes” rape charges; the Prime Minister promises not to lie to the French on pensions
First storm for the Borne government. In an article published on Saturday, Mediapart reveals that Damien Abad, former boss of Les Républicains deputies and new Minister of Solidarity, was the subject of a report to LRM and LR for alleged acts of rape dating back to 2010 and 2011. This report, also addressed to the justice, “is being analyzed” at the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Mr. Abad said on Sunday “contest with the greatest force these accusations of sexual violence”. Before the publication of the article, neither LRM nor LR had reacted to the report, sent by the Observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics before the deputy was appointed to the government. As for the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, she said on Sunday morning that she had ” Of course “ not been ” aware “ of these accusations, ensuring that there is no “no impunity” . Matignon then clarified: “We would draw the consequences of a decision that justice would render. »
While the transfers of power have succeeded at the Quai d’Orsay, the budget and health and that Pap Ndiaye, the new Minister of National Education is targeted by the far right, Elisabeth Borne has also defended the pension reform project in an interview with Sunday newspaper.
She insisted on her wish to ” do not lie “ to the French. “Those who would have you believe [que cette réforme] is not essential do not tell the truth to the French”said the head of government.
Retirement at age 65 “is not a totem”she said, “but we have to ensure the financing of our social model. And announcing to the French that they are going to work less, brandishing retirement at 60, is lying to them”.
- War in Ukraine: Sievierodonetsk, new objective of the Russian offensive
“The situation in the Donbass is extremely difficult”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday. In fact, the city of Sievierodonetsk, in the Luhansk region, has become one of the “immediate tactical priorities” of the Russian army, writes the British Ministry of Defense in a report released Sunday. L’Institute for the Study of War (ISW), for his part writes that “Russian forces have intensified their offensives to encircle and capture Sievierodonetsk. They will probably continue to do so in the days to come, because the offensives on other axes, such as that of Izioum are at a standstill..
Military historian Michel Goya confirmed this in a blog post published on Saturday: “After having considered a total envelopment, [les Russes] reduced their ambition to the encirclement of Lyssytchansk and Sievierodonetsk and the capture of Lyman, before the boarding of Sloviansk, which they also hope to encircle and take”.
On Saturday, US President Joe Biden signed the law adopted by Congress on Thursday providing a gigantic envelope of 40 billion dollars for the Ukrainian war effort against Russia.
- Football: Kylian Mbappé remains at PSG; Marseille qualified in the Champions League, Bordeaux and Metz in Ligue 2
At the end of the contract in Paris, Kylian Mbappé finally signed up for three additional seasons on Saturday. A surprise victory for the club from the capital, when the player had expressed the desire to join Madrid in the summer of 2021. The Parc des Princes celebrated the striker as it should, author of a hat-trick to defeat Metz (5-0), in the last game of the season.
Failing to have fulfilled the main contract of the Qatari shareholder – to win the Champions League -, Leonardo, sports director of PSG, was dismissed from his post.
In Ligue 1, the curtain has come down on the 2021-2022 season. In addition to Mbappé’s show against Metz, spectators saw Marseille qualify in extremis for the Champions League ahead of AS Monaco. Metz and Bordeaux are relegated to Ligue 2, while AS Saint-Etienne, play-off, has given itself a reprieve.
In the Women’s Champions League, victorious over the Spanish Barcelona (3-1), the Lyonnaises won their eighth European Cup thanks to a perfect start to the match and a cold realism.
- Climate: temperature records in the South and a wave of storms on the relief
This year, the unusual spring heat is accompanied by thunderstorms. Maximum temperature records for the month of May have even been broken, in the middle mountains and in the South, Météo-France announced on Saturday May 21. France has broken a record for a hot period in the spring with now forty consecutive days above seasonal norms. This series started on April 11 and has still not been interrupted.
The heat wave affecting a large part of France will end in a stormy deterioration: thirteen departments in central France, threatened by thunderstorms on Sunday May 22, have been placed on orange alert by Météo-France.
France is not the only one affected by climate change: the storm that swept through Germany on Friday killed at least one person, injured nearly sixty and caused considerable damage, mainly in the west of the country, according to a report from local authorities on Saturday. In Canada, a summer storm swept through the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, killing four people and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes.
- In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison admits his defeat in the legislative elections
The defeat of Scott Morrison puts an end to nine years of reign of the conservatives on the immense country continent. The Australian Prime Minister admitted on Saturday, May 21, having lost the legislative elections, the results of which reflected voter rejection linked to his inaction against climate change.
Climate, indigenous rights, foreign policy, style of governance, corruption: Labor Anthony Albanese, who will succeed him, promises big changes.
Outgoing French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hailed Australia’s election results in unusual terms on Saturday. “The defeat of Prime Minister Morrison suits me very well”, he underlined, during a handover ceremony to Catherine Colonna, the new head of French diplomacy. Eight months after an intense diplomatic spat between Canberra and Paris over the French submarine mega-deal, Mr Le Drian continued: “The actions taken at the time they were taken were markedly brutal and cynical, and I would even be tempted to say, notorious incompetence. »
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Covid-19. Confinement of residents of a district of Shanghai and Beijing.
Essone. Two complaints for “acts of torture” and violence at the Juvisy police station.