War in Ukraine, presidential meetings, black box of the Boeing 737, rebate at the pump… The five facts to remember from the weekend

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United States President Joe Biden speaks about the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, March 26, 2022, in Warsaw.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden met on Saturday in Warsaw with two Ukrainian ministers, during his first physical meeting with senior kyiv officials since the start of the Russian aggression. He also spoke to Ukrainian refugees hosted in Poland and, moved by what he saw, called Russian President Vladimir Putin a ” Butcher “. Mr. Biden ruled that his Russian counterpart could not “not stay in power” given the invasion of Ukraine, a statement immediately tempered by the White House. The American president also warned Russia, urging Moscow not to ” not even [penser] to advance one centimeter into North Atlantic Treaty Organization territory [OTAN] ». His speech on Ukraine was described as historic and his visit to Poland as “one of the most important since 1989”in the words of Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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On the night of Saturday to Sunday, the Ukrainian President, Volodomyr Zelensky, called on Westerners to provide more weapons. “We must not only protect Ukraine, but also the other countries of Eastern Europe, under the threat of a Russian invasion (…). Who runs NATO? Is it still Moscow, with intimidation? »he criticized in the daily video published on the website of the presidency.

  • Auchan explains to stay in Russia for the good of its employees and customers
The logo of French retailer Auchan, pictured at a shopping center in Moscow, March 24, 2022.

The Chairman and CEO of Auchan Retail International, Yves Claude, defended, on Sunday March 27, the maintenance of the group’s activities in Russia. “Leaving would be imaginable from an economic point of view but not from a human point of view”he says in an interview with Sunday newspaper. Asked by the Ukrainian president before the French Parliament on Wednesday about its activity in Russia, where it has been present for twenty years and employs thirty thousand people, the Auchan group has decided to stay in the country, even if it predicts losses for 2022, says Claude.

kyiv responded on Sunday, stepping up the pressure with a call for a boycott: “If Auchan ignores the 139 Ukrainian children murdered during this month of Russian invasion, let’s ignore Auchan and all its products”launched the Minister of Ukrainian Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, in a message on Twitter.

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  • Presidential 2022: the candidates mobilize their activists during large meetings
The twelve candidates for the 2022 presidential election.

Saturday night in Guadeloupe, the set where Marine Le Pen finished recording a duplex program (which was broadcast on Sunday on France 3) “was invaded by militants from several nationalist organizations in Guadeloupe”. The program of the National Rally candidate in the archipelago has been disrupted.

Also on France 3, Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday: “I say to all our compatriots: the election is the best way to make your choices (…). Go vote and watch the project closest to your aspirations, whatever it is. » He called to ” mobilization “while the risk of a strong abstention in the first round, on April 10, hovers.

The communist candidate Fabien Rousselheld a meeting in Toulouse, Sunday noon, where he scratched the “contemptuous technocrats who replaced their brains with an Excel spreadsheet” and the policy of Mr. Macron as well as the “thirty years of austerity” that preceded him, before quickly returning to his lexical field of optimism, faithful to his “Happy Days” campaign. “It’s time to give power back to those who work”he said in particular.

Jean-Luc Melenchon was in Marseille, on a stage set up on the Prado beach, in front of several thousand people who chanted “People’s Union” and ” We will win “. After the Mediterranean and global warming, the “rebellious” candidate spoke of the war in Ukraine and the nuclear risk. He appealed to “a ceasefire in Ukraine” and to “the end of the Russian invasion” ; he recalled his proposal to bring in Ukraine “blue helmets under UN mandate in interposition force in front of Ukrainian nuclear power plants”. He also wants France to be “non-aligned, sovereign and independent”.

In Paris, Eric Zemmour organized a gathering of its supporters on the Place du Trocadéro, Sunday at 2 p.m. To create “the biggest gathering of the countryside”, the Reconquest party! had put the means: thousands of French flags and placards were distributed and dozens of activists in the colors of the far-right movement were responsible for welcoming the fifty thousand people expected by the organizers.

At the same time, at the other end of the capital, the environmental candidate, Yannick Jadot, held its first major campaign meeting at the Zénith. After the speeches of many elected officials and environmental activists, who affirmed in all tones that this presidential election was not “not played in advance”, Mr. Jadot came on stage. Affected by Covid-19, Valerie Pécresse has she organized “a virtual meeting” on Zoom at 6 p.m., to answer questions from Internet users live.

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  • The second black box of the Boeing 737 that crashed in China has been found
In this still image from video footage from China's CCTV, a search and rescue officer holds the second recorder of the black box (orange in color) recovered from the crash site of the China Eastern flight in the autonomous region of Guangxi, in the south of China, Sunday March 27, 2022.

“The second black box of China Eastern flight MU5735 was found on March 27”, announced the new China news agency, citing the command center for relief operations. This recorder contains flight data, such as speed, altitude and heading. The Boeing 737-800 of the company China Eastern, which linked the Chinese cities of Kunming (southwest) and Guangzhou (south), crashed on March 21 on a wooded hill in Wuzhou (south), in the province of Guangxi. This is the worst plane crash since 1994 in China, where air safety is however considered very good by experts.

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  • Ehpad scandal: the CEO of Orpea apologizes, but denies any “organized system that would lead to abuse”
Philippe Charrier, Chairman and CEO of the French retirement home company Orpea, February 2, 2022.

“We should have done our mea culpa earlier”, recognizes Philippe Charrier, Chairman and CEO of Orpea, who nevertheless tries to refute point by point the accusations against the group. He “regret”moreover, that the investigation report of the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) and the Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS) submitted to the government “is neither made public nor made available to stakeholders”. Mr. Charrier asserts that the latter “lets conclude” that“there is no organized system at Orpea that would lead to mistreatment”.

An administrative inspection confirmed part of the accusations in the book The Gravediggers as for “serious malfunctions” within the Ehpad group. The state sued “on the basis of article 40 of the code of criminal procedure which obliges any authority to report criminal acts of which it becomes aware”declared on France Inter the minister in charge of autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon, on Saturday.

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  • Fuel prices: the rebate at the pump may reach 18 cents per liter in mainland France, from 1er April
Detail of a pump service at the Godet garage, in Bazoges-en-Paillers (Vendée), February 23, 2022.

“We wanted the discount at the pump of 15 cents per liter of fuel to apply to everyone. The rebate is calculated on the basis of 15 cents excluding tax, which explains why the rebates are different depending on the amount of VAT applied to petroleum products. As VAT is 20% on the mainland in mainland France, the discount at the pump will be 18 cents per liter all tax included for the consumer. It will be around 17 cents in Corsica, where VAT is 13%, and 15 cents overseas, where there is no VAT on petroleum products.detailed the ministry.

According to official figures published on Monday, the price of road fuel sold in French service stations fell to less than 2 euros on average last week, a first since the beginning of the year.

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