May 22, 2022

Vandalized statue, death of little Rayan, cyclone Batsirai… the five facts to remember from the weekend

Have you picked up the news? We summarize the main information of the last two days.

  • In Amboise, memorial vandalism against the statue of Emir Abdelkader

The sculpture in tribute to Emir Abdelkader, Algerian national hero, titled'Passage Abdelkader', created by artist Michel Audiard, after it was vandalized, before its inauguration, in Amboise, central France, on February 5, 2022.

« Indignation », ” shame “, “cowardice”. A sculpture in homage to the Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) was vandalized before its inauguration, Saturday February 5, in Amboise, arousing a broad condemnation, noted on the spot a journalist from the World. It is in this commune of Indre-et-Loire that the Algerian national hero had been detained, with several members of his family, from 1848 to 1852.

The work, entitled Passage Abdelkader, a representation of the emir, cut out of a sheet of rusty steel, was extensively damaged at the level of the lower part of the structure. The prosecutor of Tours, Grégoire Dulin, announced the opening of an investigation for “serious damage to property intended for public utility and belonging to a public person”.

“Let us remember what unites us. The Republic will erase no trace or name from its history. She will not forget any of her works. She will not unbolt statues”, condemned Emmanuel Macron, according to Agence France-Presse.

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  • In Morocco, little Rayan, who fell into a well, died

Moroccan emergency service teams carry five-year-old Rayan Oram to an ambulance after pulling him out of a borehole he fell into on February 1, in the remote village of Ighrane, in the rural province of Chefchaouen (North), February 5, 2022.

Chants and prayers of the crowd will not have been enough. Little Rayan, who accidentally fell into a well in northern Morocco, died despite the tireless efforts of rescuers. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, announced, in the evening, the death of the child.

After five days of a large-scale rescue operation, Moroccan rescuers managed to extract Rayan, who fell on Tuesday into a dry well 32 meters deep. The boy was “appeared lying on his side, from behind” on images from an inspection camera built into the cramped shaft. The rescuers tried, during these five days, to send Rayan oxygen and water through tubes and bottles, without certainty that he could use them.

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  • Beijing 2022 Olympics: first French medal, on the mixed relay in biathlon

The silver medalists of the French team, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, Emilien Jacquelin, Julia Simon and Quentin Fillon Maillet, on the podium of the mixed biathlon relay, at the Medals Plaza in Zhangjiakou, February 6, 2022.

France released the heavy artillery from the inaugural race of the eleven biathlon events contested at the Beijing Winter Olympics. And for good reason: Saturday February 5, on the track of the Hualindong Ski Resort, in Zhangjiakou, the Blues defended their title in the mixed relay, gleaned four years earlier in Pyeongchang (South Korea). The objective announced a few days earlier by the boss of the tricolor biathlon, Stéphane Bouthiaux, has been achieved. The latter had asked “at least one medal”.

Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, Julia Simon, Emilien Jacquelin and Quentin Fillon Maillet therefore fulfilled their mission by offering the first medal of these Olympic Games to the French delegation. But the French have to make do with money. Because Norway, too, was determined to hit hard from the start of the competition.

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  • Powerful cyclone Batsirai kills ten in Madagascar

Relatives sit next to bodies exhumed from graves destroyed by Cyclone Batsirai, at the local cemetery in Mahanoro on February 6, 2022.

At least ten people died in Madagascar, and nearly 50,000 were displaced, after Cyclone Batsirai hit on the night of Saturday February 5 to Sunday February 6, disaster management official Paolo Emilio Raholinarivo announced.

After pouring torrential rain for two days on Reunion Island, Batsirai made landfall around 8 p.m. Saturday (6 p.m. Paris time) in the Mananjary district, more than 530 kilometers southeast of the capital. , Antananarivo. The tropical cyclone lost power overnight, but flooding is still to be feared due to heavy rains, Météo-Madagascar reported on Sunday.

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  • Presidential 2022: in Reims and Lille, the remote duel of Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour for the popular electorate

Poster of Eric Zemmour torn off, revealing a poster of Marine Le Pen, during a visit by Eric Zemmour to Honnecourt-sur-l'Escaut, in the Hauts-de-France region, on January 14, 2022.

Two populist meetings, the same battle to obtain the favors of the middle and working classes. Saturday February 5, the two far-right champions, now tied (14%), according to the latest Ipsos-Sopra Steria survey for The Parisian, played very different scores, against a backdrop of strong tensions between their camps.

In Reims (Marne), at the Parc des expositions, where she held her “presidential convention”, Marine Le Pen raised her voice again in front of the press, accusing Eric Zemmour of « to sabotage [sa] countryside “. “He should clean up his movement”, she insisted, citing the “fundamental Catholics”, the « nazis » and the “pagans”.

At the same time, the Grand Palais in Lille was filled with more than 6,000 people to offer Eric Zemmour a new demonstration of strength in sound and light. Here, the public was younger, more masculine, more affluent and inclined to assert themselves on the right. The entertainment was less traditional than at the RN, with a quiz with humorous claims, centered on the candidate – is his favorite drink “leftist tears” Where ” the Red wine “ ?

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