The bees thank the EU
Thursday January 19. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the derogations granted for the preventive application of neonicotinoids on seeds are illegal. Banned since 2018 within the EU, these neurotoxic products, nicknamed “bee killers”, have since been subject to exceptions by member states. Among them: France, which was preparing to authorize them on sugar beets for the third consecutive year. Faced with a court decision that he considers “powerful enough not to destabilize the system even more”, Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture, assured on the 23rd that our country would no longer authorize any derogation.
A Pope in Marseilles
Friday January 20. Will come ? Will not come? The invitation is launched, in any case. Cardinal Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille, invited Pope Francis to Marseille on September 23, on the occasion of the “Mediterranean Meetings” organized by the diocese. These days allow bishops and young people from the five shores of the Mediterranean to meet and discuss. If the Pope were to travel, it would not be an official trip to France but rather a specific visit to a given place, as in 2014, when he only visited the European Parliament for a few hours and at the Council of Europe. The last official visit to France by a head of state from the Vatican dates back to 2008, with Benedict XVI.
Six decades of Franco-German friendship
Sunday January 22. A Franco-German Council of Ministers took place on January 22 in Paris. The opportunity for the German Chancellor and the French President to celebrate the friendship treaty signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer, sixty years earlier, at the Élysée. While Olaf Scholz underlined the role of the two countries as “the locomotive of a united Europe”, Emmanuel Macron declared that “Germany and France, because they have cleared the path of reconciliation, must become pioneers for the rebuilding of our Europe”. No announcement has emerged on energy or defence, files blocked since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Electoral Micmac at the PS
Sunday January 22. Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party, was re-elected on January 22 after a ballot marred by accusations of fraud. The recount by a commission of verification, two days after the holding of the ballot, confirmed his victory with 50.83% of the votes. His opponent, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen, contests the results. Jean-Marc Ayrault, socialist figure and former prime minister of François Hollande, deplored “a pathetic situation” within a party that has never “been so weak in its history”.
64 years old, no less
Monday January 23. Following the presentation of the pension reform in the Council of Ministers, Olivier Dussopt closed the door to a departure before the age of 64. If the Minister of Labor argues that “to return to this point would be to give up the return to the balance of the system”, the Council of orientation of the pensions tempers the imperious character of the reform. Hearing before the National Assembly on the 19th, its president, Pierre-Louis Bras, declared: “Pension expenditure has stabilized overall and, even in the very long term, it decreases in three cases out of four. The main unions, building on the success of the demonstration of the 19th (1.12 million French people marched, according to the Interior) announced a new mobilization on the 31st.
Families of repatriated jihadists
Tuesday January 24. Under pressure from humanitarian organizations, France repatriated 15 women and 32 children detained in jihadist prison camps in Syria. “The minors were handed over to the services responsible for child support”, specified the Quai d’Orsay, adding that “the adults were handed over to the competent judicial authorities”. This third operation since last summer confirms the break with the policy of “case by case” practiced so far by France, condemned by international bodies and French advisory bodies. There would still be a hundred children to be repatriated, according to Unicef.