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War in Ukraine, presidential election, fire at a campsite: midday update – World

Ukraine: Russian ultimatum to the last defenders of Mariupol, new strike near kyiv

Russia has issued an ultimatum to the last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, asking them to lay down their arms and evacuate this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine, the capture of which would constitute an important victory for Moscow. Russian forces also announced that they had bombed a new arms factory near kyiv on Sunday for the third consecutive day, carrying out their threat to intensify their strikes against the Ukrainian capital after the destruction of the flagship of their fleet at sea. Black. In Mariupol, which Russian forces claim to control almost entirely after fierce fighting, with the exception of a pocket of resistance, the situation is “inhuman”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday evening. [La guerre en direct]

Between-two-laps, day 7: final sprint for Macron and Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen begin a final week of campaigning on Monday which will be marked by a high-risk televised debate for the two candidates, before the final clash in the second round of the French presidential election on April 24. One week before the election, nothing is decided, even if the latest polls give the outgoing president winning between 53 and 55.5% against his far-right rival. A much tighter duel than in 2017 when Emmanuel Macron was elected with 66% of the vote. The challenge of the second round is to convince the undecided and the abstainers who were in the first round more than 26%. And particularly to mobilize the electorate of the left, arbiter of this duel at loggerheads. [Plus d’infos]

(Guillaume Horcajuelo – EPA/Christophe Simon – AFP)

Mélenchon’s supporters vote for “neither Macron nor Le Pen” in the second round

The 310,000 people who sponsored Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential candidacy online were invited to make their choice known for the second round of the presidential election. The results of this consultation launched on Wednesday were unveiled this Sunday morning, on the site. 215,292 people expressed themselves: the blank or null vote comes first (37.65%), followed by the Macron vote (33.40%) and abstention (28.96%). The choice of Marine Le Pen was not proposed. [Plus d’infos]

War in Ukraine, presidential election, fire at a campsite: midday update – World
(Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

In Auray, three mobile homes ravaged by flames in a campsite

This Sunday, April 17, around 5 a.m., a major fire broke out at the Les Pommiers campsite, at 2 Bis Rue de Kersalé, in Auray. In total, six homes were affected according to the two men. Three have completely burned. The fire was contained by late morning. Firefighters from Auray, Vannes, Pluvigner and Ploeren were present, with seven vehicles. The gendarmes also went to the scene. A firefighter, slightly burned, was transported to the CHBA in Vannes. An investigation is underway to try to determine the causes of the incident. The campsite owner declined to comment. [Plus d’infos]

War in Ukraine, presidential election, fire at a campsite: midday update – World
The burning smell was still noticeable late in the morning. Firefighters had just contained the flames, after nearly six hours of intervention. (The Telegram / Moorea Lahalle)

North Korea tests new weapon system

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the test-firing of a new weapons system that will increase the effectiveness of his tactical nuclear weapons, state media said, capping celebrations surrounding the anniversary of the founder of the country. The launch is the latest in an unprecedented series of sanctions-busting weapons tests this year, including the firing of a full-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last month. The new tactical guided weapon “is of great importance for radically improving the firepower of long-range artillery units and enhancing the efficiency of the exploitation of tactical nuclear weapons”, the official news agency said. KCNA. [Plus d’infos]

War in Ukraine, presidential election, fire at a campsite: midday update – World

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