April 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
1. The last Council of Ministers of Jean Castex?
The Council of Ministers, possibly the last to meet with the current Castex government, will be held tomorrow morning at 11 am, and not today as originally planned (see also our cheat sheet below). It will also be the first Cabinet meeting of Emmanuel Macron since his re-election. Traveling today to Cergy (Val-d’Oise), the head of state has indicated that the prime minister he will appoint to replace Jean Castex will be “someone who is tied to the social issue, the environmental issue and the productive issue.”
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2. Bardella launches RN legislative campaign
The president of the Agrupació Nacional (RN), Jordan Bardella, will launch his party’s national campaign for the legislative elections in Fréjus (Var) tomorrow. He will be alongside the city’s RN mayor, David Rachline. Marine Le Pen will not be there. The RN presidential candidate took a few days off after her defeat on April 24th. He had obtained 41.46% of the vote (13.3 million votes), the highest score ever achieved by a far-right party.
Since the beginning of the week, the leaders of the RN have opposed the end of the non-reception of attempts to approach the party Reconquest! by Eric Zemmour, who wants an alliance for the legislative elections. The journalist reported today that his party would not run against Marine Le Pen, Eric Ciotti (Les Républicains) and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Debout la France). “National Unity in Action” he assured.
3. Russian gas: the European Union is preparing the answer
Russian giant Gazprom has stopped delivering gas to Poland and Bulgaria from today. after the two governments refused to pay the group’s bills in rubles. “Russia’s new attempt to blackmail us with gas”European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reacted, explaining that Bulgaria and Poland would now be supplied with gas. “for its neighbors in the European Union”.
The EU has said it is ready for a full embargo and is working on it “an answerit is coordinated ”.Among the ways proposed, the grouping of purchases, which would reduce the bill, the improvement of storage reserves and the diversification of suppliers.
Currently, different EU countries do not have the same levels of responsibility for Russian gas. France is 17% dependent, Germany 40% and Latvia 100%.
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4. Sensitive mission for the head of the UN in Kyiv
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will arrive in the Ukrainian capital tomorrow to hold talks with President Zelensky. the day after his visit to Moscow. This passage through the Kremlin before arriving in Kyiv was widely criticized by the Ukrainian authorities, who interpreted it as a gesture of favor towards the aggressor in this conflict.
António Guterres defended himself against any favoritism, explaining that he was looking for guarantees in Russia get “Humanitarian breaks” or some “Really safe and effective humanitarian brokers” to allow the civilian population to save the fighting.
According to the UN, the Russian side agreed ” first “ the involvement of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians trapped in the Mariupol industrial precinct, where the last Ukrainian fighters and the civilians they protect are surrounded.
5. The defenestrated French family will be buried tomorrow in Switzerland
A month after the mysterious tragedy that saw a whole French family jump from the seventh floor of their Montreux building, The funeral of the Feraoun sisters, Narjisse and Nasrine, the latter’s husband, Eric David, and their 8-year-old daughter, Elena, will take place tomorrow afternoon in Switzerland. The thesis of a collective suicide in a background of survival and conspiratorial drift of this overeducated family (polytechnic father, his orthodontist wife, his ophthalmologist and a former normal sister-in-law) is still favored by Vaud researchers. The latter stated that the health of his 15-year-old son Allan, the only survivor, was improving and that all the results of the forensic analysis were not yet known.
6. OM dreams of a sixth European final
Very exciting end to the season for Olympique de Marseille. Solid runner-up at PSG in the league, the only French Champions League winner (1993) aims for a sixth European Cup final. To repeat the blow of 2018 (presence in the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid), the Provencal players have one last obstacle to overcome in the first leg of the semifinals of the Europa League Conference: Feyenoord Rotterdam. The Dutch club is waiting for OM at its De Kuip stadium, which is in full swing (tomorrow at 9pm, M6 and Canal + Sport). Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli has to juggle fatigue and tight deadlines because, three days later, Olympique Lyonnais will be at the Velodrome.
We’re delighted: a women’s tennis tournament is back in Paris
Since the end of the Suez Open GDF in 2014, Paris has no longer hosted an international women’s tennis tournament. But the WTA circuit will stop again from May 9 to 15 with the first edition of the Lagardère Trophy. as a prelude to Roland-Garros. Endowed with $ 115,000will be played on the clay tracks of Lagardère Paris Racing (owned by the Lagardère group, such as the JDD), in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. The tournament was directed by Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, a former 61st player in the world. Among the entrants, in a table of 32 participants, we will find especially the heroines of the Fed Cup 2019, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.