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Mali, Ukraine, Lelandais: the point at midday – World

France and its European partners withdraw militarily from Mali

Pushed out by the “obstructions” of the ruling junta in Bamako, France and its European partners formalized their military withdrawal from Mali on Thursday after nine years of anti-jihadist struggle led by Paris, while affirming that they wanted to remain committed to the Sahelian countries and the Gulf of Guinea. “Due to the multiple obstructions of the Malian transitional authorities, Canada and the European States operating alongside the (French) Operation Barkhane and within the Task Force Takuba believe that the conditions are no longer met to effectively pursue their commitment. current military (…) in Mali and have therefore decided to begin the coordinated withdrawal from Malian territory of their respective military means dedicated to these operations”, they underline in a joint declaration. “We cannot remain militarily engaged alongside de facto authorities whose strategy or hidden objectives we share neither”, and who resort to “mercenaries from the (Russian) Wagner company” with “predatory ambitions”, argued President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference. [Plus d’infos]


Ukraine crisis: Moscow announces new withdrawals, the West very skeptical

Moscow announced on Thursday that it would continue its military withdrawal from neighboring regions of Ukraine, in response to the United States, which accuses it of continuing to strengthen its military presence there with a view to an invasion. Russia has announced since Tuesday the return to their barracks, with supporting images, of an undetermined number of soldiers and equipment which had been deployed in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, and on the Russian-Ukrainian border. This Thursday, the Ministry of Defense announced a new withdrawal of units from Crimea. He also said he was bringing armored and tank units in western Russia back to their home base by train, without specifying their point of departure or arrival. Westerners doubt Russia’s good faith. An unnamed White House source even accused Moscow of adding 7,000 men to its forces threatening Ukraine. [Plus d’infos]

The Russians announce that they are withdrawing troops from the border… But the Americans accuse them of having, on the contrary, deployed 7,000 more soldiers there in recent days. (Russian Defense Ministry/EPA)

Murder of Maëlys: life imprisonment required against Nordahl Lelandais

Life imprisonment, together with a 22-year security sentence, was requested Thursday against Nordahl Lelandais for the murder of little Maëlys after her abduction in August 2017 during a wedding. “I will ask you to declare Nordahl Lelandais a major criminal, a major predator,” said Advocate General Jacques Dallest, describing the accused, tried since January 31 before the Assizes of Isère, as “absolute social danger”. For the magistrate, the motive of the former 38-year-old dog handler is “obviously” sexual. He recalled that Nordahl Lelandais was not tried for rape in this case for lack of “material element”, the body of the girl having been found in a too degraded state, six months after her disappearance. [Plus d’infos]

Mali, Ukraine, Lelandais: the point at midday – World
(Benoit Peyrucq/AFP)

Covid-19: the “beginning of a new era” according to Jean-François Delfraissy

The president of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy believes that we are “at the beginning of a new era” concerning the covid-19 pandemic. “Two years later, we are coming out of the crisis stage to enter a chronic phase, he explains in an interview with Le Parisien. We are going to move slowly, probably in the fall, towards an endemic situation, with controlled circulation of the virus, but with occasional epidemic peaks due to the appearance of new variants. Clearly, we will live for a long time with SARS-CoV-2, but in a different way”. [Le direct]

Plus Belle la Vie: end clap at the end of this season

Plus Belle la Vie is almost over, according to Le Figaro. The series will end definitively at the end of the current season. In 17 years, some 4,500 episodes have been filmed and broadcast on France 3. Several actors have made themselves known thanks to her: Laurent Kerusoré, Sylvie Flepp, Cécilia Hornus, Rebecca Hampton… For a long time, the soap opera depicting the daily lives of inhabitants of the Mistral, an imaginary district of Marseille, counted more than five million faithful. But the audiences gradually eroded.

Mali, Ukraine, Lelandais: the point at midday – World
The series told the daily life of the inhabitants of Mistral, an imaginary district of Marseille. (Marine Humbert – TELFRANCE)

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