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Ukraine, French gold medal, unemployment: midday update – World

Ukraine: ongoing bombardments on the eastern front

Bombings are underway this Friday near Stanytsia Luganska, a city in eastern Ukraine under the control of government forces fighting pro-Russian separatists, AFP journalists noted. The sound of bombardments was audible in this locality, already affected the day before by separatist bombardments which notably damaged a nursery school amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. The renewed tension on this front is an additional source of tension in a Russian-Western crisis that has threatened to escalate into conflict for weeks, when 150,000 Russian troops are deployed according to the United States and Kiev on the Ukrainian borders. Americans and British on Thursday accused Russia of seeking a pretext to attack and that the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists on its territory could become one. [La crise en direct]

Olympic Games 2022: Braisaz-Bouchet in the golden light, Fillon Maillet at the foot of the Grand Slam

A Frenchman can hide another: attention had focused on Quentin Fillon Maillet, candidate for a historic grand slam, but with his fourth place, it was Justine Braisaz-Bouchet who took the light this Friday, with the Olympic title from the mass-start. Outsider for the podium, unpredictable in her races, she came out of the Chinese shadow to enter the Olympic light at the best of times, while her journey to Zhangjiakou took on the forms of the Stations of the Cross in the first races (40th place in the individual, 48th place in the sprint, withdrawal in the pursuit). [Plus d’infos]

Justine Braisaz-Bouchet wins a fourteenth medal for the tricolor delegation in Beijing. (Martin Divisek/EPA)

Unemployment at 7.4%: the lowest “for almost 15 years”

Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne described Friday as “excellent news” the drop in the unemployment rate to 7.4% in the 4th quarter, “the lowest in almost 15 years”. “No one imagined that we could have such results coming out of one of the most serious economic crises we have known in recent decades”, declared Élisabeth Borne on France Inter, also pointing to an unemployment rate. young people at the lowest “for almost 40 years”. The figures published this Friday by INSEE show a sharp drop in the unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2021 (-0.6 points compared to the previous quarter) to 7.4% of the working population in France (excluding Mayotte). ). [Plus d’infos]

Ukraine, French gold medal, unemployment: midday update – World
The decline is more marked for women (-0.8 points) than for men (-0.4). (TELEGRAM/FRANCOIS DESTOC)

The parish enclosures of Finistère candidates for UNESCO World Heritage

They are architectural jewels typical of the Breton religious landscape: the parish enclosures of Finistère are officially candidates for UNESCO World Heritage. An application submitted by the Department of Finistère. 24 remarkable parish enclosures and six monumental Calvaries have been selected to be included in the application file for Unesco carried by Finistère. [Plus d’infos]

Ukraine, French gold medal, unemployment: midday update – World
The parish close of Saint-Thégonnec. (Lionel Le Saux/The Telegram)

Afghanistan: Boy stuck in well dies after being rescued

The boy trapped since Tuesday in a deep dry well in southeastern Afghanistan died on Friday shortly after being rescued, despite the efforts of the Taliban authorities determined to show that they are entirely at the service of the population. The child, named Haidar, “has left us forever”, tweeted Anas Haqqani, senior adviser to the Ministry of the Interior. “This is another day of mourning and grief for our country.” Rescuers reached this Friday morning the child, who had slipped to the bottom of this earthen well in the village of Shokak, located in the province of Zabul, about 400 km southwest of the capital Kabul. He was still alive and “breathing” when they arrived at his side, said Zabiullah Jawhar, the Zabul police spokesman. He was still alive and “breathing” when they arrived at his side, said Zabiullah Jawhar, the Zabul police spokesman. [Plus d’infos]

Ukraine, French gold medal, unemployment: midday update – World
(Javed Tanveer/AFP)

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