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On the front page of the press, the reactions, Sunday evening, to the interview of Emmanuel Macron. An interview during which the president addressed many topics, from ecology to purchasing power, including immigration.
Beat the iron while it is still hot, take advantage of the smooth running of the visit of Charles III and the pope to Marseille to climb "in the front line": La Dépêche du Midi warns that the respite will however be very short for the president, faced with a parliamentary return on Monday, which promises to be "very complicated", with a Senate that remains on the right, after Sunday's elections. According to Le Figaro, the president seeks to "capitalize on a return in order", to "take advantage" of the sequence, before "an uncertain autumn", against a background of persistent inflation, "expectations and concerns" on the environment, immigration, and other international crises.
On the environment, Emmanuel Macron says he is in favor of an "ecology of progress", whose contours he must specify today. Les Échos announce the presentation, from the Élysée, of a plan to achieve carbon neutrality, by reducing the share of diesel or gasoline cars, by promoting the French heat pump sector, for example, but especially by focusing on nuclear, solar and wind power. These announcements, however, leave Libération skeptical, which wonders if the president says "green or not mature": the newspaper recalls that Emmanuel Macron has been constantly criticized, since 2017, for his "climate inaction" and his policy of "small steps", for his strategy consisting "at the same time" of wanting to make the ecological transition, without making it "punitive" or "undesirable". "How to put the country on the path of its commitments without passing for the techno of service imposing on the French measures as restrictive, even intrusive, as costly. In short, without rotting their lives?": for L'Opinion, the exercise is the "balancing act", and the cartoonist Kak ironically: "Yes, jerrican", says the president about the project to sell fuel at a loss - project finally abandoned by Emmanuel Macron, who now offers a sale at cost price.
Emmanuel Macron also announced the repatriation of the French ambassador and military to Niger by the end of the year. The Belgian newspaper Le Soir, which also notes the president's remarks on immigration, and his borrowing from a quote from the late Michel Rocard, "we can not accommodate all the misery of the world", presents this decision as a "capitulation". Wakat Sera is less categorical and hesitates between "capitulation", "retreat", and "desire for appeasement". The Burkinabe site recalls that "the new masters of Niamey no longer want to hear about the paternalistic and haughty injunctions of Jupiter", and takes note of the French decision, saying it hopes that a "modus vivendi (will) be found, without passion (nor) animosity so that what can still be found".
Will it be saved in time? In Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian population is going into exile after Azerbaijan's victory over the separatist enclave. The Financial Times reported a total of 377 refugees who arrived in southern Armenia early Sunday evening, according to Armenian authorities. The suitcase or the coffin? According to Arab News, all of the approximately 120,000 Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh may have to resign themselves to leaving, with Nikol Pashinyan even mentioning a threat of "ethnic cleansing" by Azerbaijan. The Armenian prime minister also directly blamed his Russian ally for the rout in Nagorno-Karabakh – a "major" change in foreign policy, according to The Moscow Times, which reports Russia's "stalemate" in the war in Ukraine and its growing isolation on the international stage.
The war in Ukraine also seems to have changed the outlook on other refugees, Belarusians exiled in Lithuania. Libération met some of them in Vilnius, who say they received a warm welcome upon arrival after the 2020 uprising against President Lukashenko. But these refugees now report a "climate of suspicion towards them" and the concerns of the Lithuanian authorities to see spies infiltrate their territory. These fears are evidenced, in particular, by the change in attitude of the Lithuanian President, Gitanas Nauseda, who joined the human chain formed by solidarity at the Belarusian border in the summer of 202, and who is now calling for a restriction of the conditions for granting residence permits to Belarusians.
Finally, a word about a scientific study currently being conducted in England – a scientific study on meerkats, very cute little critters known to be very sociable animals. This study aims to verify whether meerkats are able to capture and understand human emotions. Be aware, by the way, that the meerkat, a friendly African mammal, can become extremely ferocious, human interaction or not, within its own species. Read in The Guardian.
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