DIRECT. Emmanuel Macron will travel tomorrow to Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to the President of the Emirates, Jean Castex forced to stay in Paris

 DIRECT.  Emmanuel Macron will travel tomorrow to Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to the President of the Emirates, Jean Castex forced to stay in Paris

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2:14 p.m. : The deputy of the first constituency of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti launched his campaign this morning for the legislative elections in Nice, in front of more than 700 activists. “I assume to defend the values ​​of a strong right, assumed, which wants to straighten France”he declared in particular in front of them, relays France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

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2:09 p.m. : Let’s take a look at the news:

The G7 ensures that it does not “will never recognize” the borders that Russia, which wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine, affirmed the foreign ministers of the group of seven major powers. “We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea…”, they said in a statement released after a three-day meeting in Germany. Follow our live.

MIDDLE EAST The Israeli police announce that they will open an investigation after the international outcry sparked by images showing the intervention of the police at the funeral in Jerusalem of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose coffin almost fell to the ground.

Emmanuel Macron will travel to Abu Dhabi tomorrow to pay tribute to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who died Friday at the age of 73, the Elysée announced. Consequence: Prime Minister Jean Castex will not go to the Vatican as planned, the two heads of the executive cannot be outside the territory at the same time, said Matignon. Follow our live.

1:40 p.m. : While the political movements complete the last nominations for the legislative elections, the disputes with the justice of certain contenders for the hemicycle come out of the drawers. Some are the subject of a complaint or an investigation, others are even indicted, like Thierry Solère, candidate for his re-election in the Hauts-de-Seine, prosecuted for thirteen counts of ‘charge. Our journalists Margaux Duguet and Catherine Fournier have collected the views of political parties on the subject, often embarrassed, sometimes indifferent.

12:39 : “Exercising these functions has been an accomplishment for me, an immense pride. I have never felt ‘hellish'”, smiles Jean Castex, in reference to this “hell of Matignon” described by some of his predecessors. “I feel like I had a relationship of mutual respect and listening with Emmanuel Macron,” he told franceinfo.

12:39 : “We do not manage a holiday club but state affairs. So it has to work”,

The head of government explains that one of his main concerns, for nearly two years on rue de Varenne, has been the constant search for efficiency and the desire to avoid hiccups, so as not to add tension to a period of crisis marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and then the war in Ukraine.

12:33 p.m. : Even if Emmanuel Macron asked him to stay a little longer than expected, Jean Castex is living his last hours as Prime Minister. “I liked it a lot”confides the former mayor of Prades to France Télévisions.

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, leaving the Council of Ministers, April 20, 2022, at the Elysée Palace (Paris).  (LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)(LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)

12:05 : It’s time to take stock of the news:

Russia has cut off its electricity supplies to Finland as a retaliatory measure in the face of this Scandinavian country’s stated desire to join NATO. Yesterday, the Finnish subsidiary of the Russian electricity supplier InterRAO announced the suspension from Saturday of its supply, citing payment problems from Helsinki. The Finnish operator assured that it could do without Russian electricity, which represents “less than 10%” of his needs. Follow our live.

Emmanuel Macron officially begins his second term today. But the appointment of the next head of government, who will succeed Jean Castex, is still pending. Guest of franceinfo, Yaël Braun-Pivet, LREM deputy from Yvelines candidate for re-election, believes that we must be patient. Follow our live.

Emmanuel Macron will travel to Abu Dhabi tomorrow to pay tribute to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who died Friday at the age of 73, the Elysée announced. Consequence: Prime Minister Jean Castex will not go to the Vatican as planned, the two heads of the executive cannot be outside the territory at the same time, said Matignon.

MIDDLE EAST The UN Security Council has “strongly condemns the May 11 murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the wounding of another journalist in the West Bank city of Jenin“, in a unanimous statement adopted yesterday, according to diplomats. This very rare unanimous position of the Security Council on a subject concerning Israel also calls for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” about this murder.

11:34 am : “From the moment there was knowledge of this sexual violence, the cell set up and asked him to withdraw his candidacy. In five days, the case was settled.”

Ecologist Sandrine Rousseau calls on France Inter “all political forces” to react as quickly as La France insoumise did, after the revelations of accusations, in particular rape, against Taha Bouhafs.

The ecologist Sandrine Rousseau, May 14, 2022 on France Inter.  (FRANCEINTER / RADIO FRANCE)(FRANCEINTER / RADIO FRANCE)

11:09 : Small hiccup this morning on the official government website: Matignon mistakenly announced the resignation of the government, learned franceinfo. It’s about a “handling error on the computer side, this should not have happened”explain the services of the Prime Minister to France Télévisions.

1:31 p.m. : The French Head of State intends “to express his support to his brother the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nayane, as well as to the rest of the family and to all the Emirati people”, added the presidency. Emmanuel Macron had made a visit to the Emirates in December 2021, during which he had visited the Universal Exhibition in Dubai and supervised the signing of several contracts, including one for the supply of 80 Rafale fighter jets.

(MUSTAFA YALCIN / ANADOLU AGENCY via AFP)

1:31 p.m. : Emmanuel Macron will travel tomorrow to Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Ben Zayed Al-Nayane, who died yesterday at the age of 73, announced the Elysée. Consequence: the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, will not go to the Vatican as planned, the two heads of the executive cannot be outside the territory at the same time, specified Matignon.

1:21 p.m. : The postponement of the announcement of a new government is a strategy of the Head of State to “shifting the benefit of victory”, assures the entourage of Emmanuel Macron to franceinfo. Waiting, according to a member of the presidential party, will also allow him to broaden his recruitment pool, especially since the union of the left, according to this same member, throws the last social democrats into his arms.

The postponement of the announcement of the new government is a strategy, assures the entourage of the president.  (THOMAS PADILLA / MAXPPP)(THOMAS PADILLA / MAXPPP)

1:20 p.m. : We start immediately with a point on the news:

Russia is suspending electricity deliveries to Finland from today, supplier RAO Nordic Oy, 100% owned by Russian company InterRAO, announced yesterday. This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join “without delay” to NATO under the influence of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. An intention seen with a very bad eye by Moscow, which has already threatened a response “military-technical”.

• A page turned last night, at midnight, with the start of Macron’s second five-year term. But the expectation of the appointment of the next Prime Minister to replace Jean Castex, who will remain in office at least until Monday, persists. If the Élysée has given no indication, one thing is certain: the head of government is in the process of packing his boxes. But the change is not for this weekend.

• The French group Sanofi was sentenced by the Nanterre court to compensate up to 450,000 euros a family whose daughter, exhibited at Dépakine in utero, was born with malformations. The court considered that the risk of autistic disorders linked to Depakine was known to the laboratory, at least in 2005, and that it therefore had a duty to mention it in the instructions.

• At Eurovision, the noises of notes rise before the grand final this evening in Italy: from the wolves of Norway to the Ukrainian favourites, the great song contest should beat new decibel records. France is represented by the Alvan & Ahez group, whose title Fulenn is inspired by a Breton legend.