Slight hope of de-escalation in Ukraine, agricultural oral of the presidential candidates, French banks first European financiers of fossil fuels… the news of this Wednesday morning


Hopes after the Russian-Ukrainian talks. From “positive signs” emerged from peace talks in Istanbul on Tuesday. What even hope for a first meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin since the beginning of the Russian invasion. But Western leaders are wary of Russian promises and acts of de-escalation are expected on the ground. “To increase confidence”, the Kremlin pledged on Tuesday to “drastically reduce military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv”. However, the Russian strikes on Ukraine do not seem to have calmed down in recent hours. Follow our live.

The sixth wave of Covid continues to mount. More contaminations and more hospitalizations: the number of people again affected by the virus continues to rise, according to figures published Tuesday evening by the health authorities. Hospitals have identified 21,300 patients with Covid, compared to 20,742 a week ago. Regarding the spread, the rolling average over the past seven days now stands at 133,484 new daily cases, compared to 98,928 last Tuesday. Laboratory managers, for their part, warn of reinfections less than two months after a first positive test for Covid-19.

General condemnations after the attacks in Israel. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday evening denounced the “recent terrorist attacks” in Israel, which have left at least 11 dead in total, while the United States has “strongly condemned” these acts. “The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only aggravates the situation further as we all strive to achieve stability”condemned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. At least five people were killed on Tuesday in the suburbs of Tel Aviv by a gunman, and six others died in two other attacks in recent days. Our article.

McDonald’s attacked in France for the social practices of Brazilian suppliers. The sign was “given notice” to comply with “within three months” to the French law on the duty of vigilance, indicate this Wednesday morning the CGT and two Brazilian unions which denounce the bad social and environmental practices of some of the South American suppliers of the fast-food chain. “We ask to publish within three months […] a vigilance plan that complies with legal requirements”, write the CGT, the UGT and the CUT.

French banking establishments, “first European financiers of fossil fuels”. Despite commitments to carbon neutrality, the major French banks are the first at European level to finance fossil fuels, reports this Wednesday morning the NGO Reclaim Finance, on the occasion of the publication of a report by several associations on the subject. . Last year, the six French banks represented in the ranking (BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Société Générale, BPCE, La Banque Postale and Crédit Mutuel) allocated some 47 billion dollars to companies linked to fossil fuels.

To be continued today

Presidential: the candidates at the bedside of agriculture. A month after the Agricultural Show, several candidates are setting foot in the stirrup this Wednesday by going to Besançon for the congress of the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA). Eleven days before the first round, they will be six to speak in front of 1,500 farmers: Valérie Pécresse, Marine Le Pen, Eric Zemmour, Fabien Roussel and Jean Lassalle. Taken by the presidential agenda, Emmanuel Macron will address farmers by video, while the boss of hunters, Willy Schraen, calls to vote for the outgoing president.

The city of Lyon goes to 30 km / h. After those of Paris or Bordeaux, the streets of Lyon will be largely limited to 30 km / h from this Wednesday. Even if some major roads remain at 50 km/h, this measure, which was on the program of the green candidate elected in March 2020, Grégory Doucet, aims to “appease the city and in particular” at “reducing accidents”. The fight against traffic noise is also one of the stated objectives.

The report

Yellow vests: the vote after the revolt. Three years after the euphoria of the first gatherings on the roundabouts, three demonstrators from Gard and Hérault tell of their disappointment, their situations which have not changed. And their anger which finds an echo in the extremes, between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen. Our report.


Non-organic fruits, vegetables and cereals: the real figure for pesticide residues. According to a report published on Wednesday by the NGO Générations Futures, nearly two thirds of fruits, vegetables and cereals from conventional agriculture marketed in France contain at least one pesticide residue. Our article.


“Return to Reims”, work that is worth. Adapted from Didier Eribon’s book and narrated by Adèle Haenel, Jean-Gabriel Périot’s beautiful documentary shines with its very rich archive montage, tracing the history of the working class and the status of women. Our review.

The portrait

Robert Ménard, the culpe is full. Attempt to elucidate the politico-intimate springs of the ultra-right tribune, in full phase of contrition on the refugees. Our profile.

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