We hope you were able to enjoy your weekend. We spent these two days checking the news. And it’s time to sum it all up.
1. May Day demonstrations under the sun
The unions will claim that it is a success, the government via the prefectures will dispute the figures: the ritual of May Day hardly varies from one year to the next. One particularity, however, in this electoral year, the processions took place between the presidential and the legislative elections, with the pension reform in the background, as explained by the people interviewed in our reports in the procession of Montpellier, but also in Paris, where the prospect of working more ulcerates the participants. We asked them what they wanted. It should be noted that incidents took place in Paris, with damage to around twenty businesses and vehicles, but also a firefighter attacked by a demonstrator.
More info: François Bayrou calls for a referendum to break the impasse on this pension reform. At the beginning of April, Emmanuel Macron had estimated that the referendums “in the framework of article 11” were an instrument which could be “used”, including for a reform of pensions
2. Pelosi makes a surprise visit to Kyiv
In Ukraine, there were no major military advances over the weekend. On the diplomatic side, the Speaker of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, met on Sunday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a surprise visit to Kiev. A Russian reconnaissance plane violated Swedish and Danish airspace, leading to a strong reaction from both countries. All the information about this conflict can be found in our Saturday and Sunday lives.
More info: Russia has been waging an information war since the beginning of the conflict, using multiple led accounts denounces Britain which has detected a troll factory on the side of the city of Saint Petersburg.
3. The right fights for the legislative elections
Marine Le Pen reappeared in a video posted on social networks this Sunday. Unsurprisingly, she calls on voters to choose the RN in the legislative elections, taking up the themes of her campaign, in particular “the defense of work and purchasing power”. Zemmour intends to “refound the French right”, says Guillaume Peltier this Sunday.
On the LR side, party president Christian Jacob throws in the towel and will not show up. At Macron, it is the former LR Edouard Philippe who annoys. The former Prime Minister intends to weigh in the future presidential majority, while he no longer hides his ambitions for the future.
More info: No white smoke for the union of the left. Mélenchon wanted to close the deal this Sunday, the date would be postponed for lack of agreement with EELV, the PS or the PCF. At the PS, Cambadélis calls for refusing this agreement and rebuilding this party.
4. Régine is gone
Singer Régine died on Sunday at the age of 92, her family announced. It has long reigned over the world of the night with discotheques in France and abroad. The singer Renaud, who wrote several titles for her, considered her to be the last historical representative of French song, known in particular for The big Zoa, Azzurro, The little papers or Patchouli Chinchilla. She owned up to 22 nightclubs that bore her first name around the world, starting with the mythical “Chez Régine”, near the Champs-Elysées. His five greatest hits can be (re)discovered here.
More info: Mino Raiola, 54, also died this weekend. The disappearance of this famous Italian football player’s agent has provoked a wave of tributes from footballers and clubs who have worked with him.
5. OL in the Champions League final
The Lyonnaises won 2-1 against PSG in the semi-final second leg of the Women’s Champions League on Saturday evening, after having already won the first leg at home (3-2). To relive this meeting, it’s here. They will face Barça, defending champion, in the final. Note that the Parc des Princes brought together 43,254 spectators for this semi-final, a new national attendance record for a women’s club football match.
More info: Real is titled for the 35th time since Saturday, and Ancelotti becomes the first coach to win the five biggest championships (England with Chelsea, Spain with Real, Italy with AC Milan, Germany with Bayern and France with PSG) .