French press review

On the front page: so much water, so much water on Corsica!

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Rescuers and firefighters in the town of Coggia in Corsica hit by violent storms, August 18, 2022. © AFP/Pascal Pochard-Casabianca

By: Norbert Navarro

3 mins


Deadly storms have mourned Corsica.

A climatic phenomenon, not anticipated by meteorologists, which killed 5 people on the Island of Beauty.

And an apocalyptic image on the front page of Le


, that of a storm cloud in the shape of a giant jawbone about to hit the shore.

The photo was taken just before the brutal climatic episode which swept over this Mediterranean island, in the middle of summer holidays, devastating everything in its path, in a few minutes.

Gusts of up to 224 km/h which turn the slightest debris into a projectile.

This was 

the “missile effect 

”, formula

Le Parisien


Which newspaper warns: “ 

The frequency and intensity of bad weather will increase in the years to come. 


water wars

The drought that is raging in Europe prompted

Le Figaro

to devote its headline to it, reviewing some of the sources of tension on the planet caused by threats to water supply.

From the Renaissance dam, in Ethiopia, to the veritable " 

water tower

 " that is Lebanon, via the water of the Tigris River, highly coveted by Turkey and Iraq, this journal draws a " 

diagonal drought

 " going "

 from Senegal to the Indus



Le Figaro points out,


nearly half of humanity lives in regions facing chronic or occasional water shortages.

In Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and even in America, the points of tension are multiplying as river basins dry up and groundwater tables are emptied 


This daily also notes that, “

 from the Nile to the Tigris and the Euphrates, power is found upstream of the rivers and the right to water too often comes down to the law of the strongest.

The more the planet is thirsty, the more tensions surface, social disorders multiply, climate-displaced people throw themselves on the roads 


This is why

Le Figaro


the "injunction to share

 " water.

According to this newspaper, “

 the world needs a multilateral architecture where a real

“water diplomacy” can be deployed,

to fight against mismanagement, anticipate crises and ward off the risk of war.

The future of humanity is linked to the fate that we will reserve for

“blue gold”,

source of life and condition of survival, on our planet 

”, assures

Le Figaro.

Mic-mac in Hamburg for Olaf Scholz

A tough day ahead for Olaf Scholz.

The German Chancellor is heard in Hamburg, the city of which he was mayor, by a parliamentary inquiry committee, in the context of a case of alleged tax evasion, initially brought to light by the German newspapers



Manager Magazin.

The commission of inquiry will seek to find out " 

why the tax administration of Hamburg decided in 2016 not to claim 47 million euros unduly collected by the private bank Warburg, when Olaf Scholz was mayor of the city

 ", summarizes

Les Echoes

, admitting that the amount of " 


 " is 169 million " 

to the detriment of the city of Hamburg


However, the economic daily hastened boldly to point out, the intervention of the city councilor, who has since become Federal Chancellor, “ 

still remains to be proven


Lack of green in the financial management of Agirc-Arrco

In France, it is the main system of supplementary pensions which is being pinned in the press this Friday, August 19.

According to the newspaper


, Agirc-Arrco invests in the stock market part of the 68 billion euros of the " 


" that this system of supplementary pensions manages to pay the bulk of the supplementary pensions of the French in sectors "

 emitting gas to greenhouse effect


This newspaper cites in particular the financial investments of the said pension fund in the groups “

 TotalEnergies, Engie, Exxon Mobil or Chevron

 ”, but also in the groups “ 

Daimler, Ferrari, Renault, Volkswagen or even BMW


According to Libé, Aggirc-Arco also holds “ 

at least 36 million dollars in shares and bonds of the Airbus, Thales or Safran groups, which are nevertheless excluded from pension funds in Norway and Denmark for their involvement in the manufacture of nuclear weapons 



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