Conflagration in the Middle East
Friday January 27. A synagogue in Neve Yaakov, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, was the target of an attack that killed at least seven people. The assailant, a 21-year-old Palestinian, was shot dead by police. According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, this shooting is the deadliest for Israelis since 2008. It follows the January 26 raid by the IDF in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, in which nine Palestinians were killed ( photo). An attack that had led the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to put an end to his security coordination with Israel.
The King of Melbourne
Sunday January 29. 22, y’all Djokovic! The Serbian tennis player won the Australian Open by winning the final against Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipás (6-3, 7-6, 7-6). Novak Djokovic thus regains his place as world No. 1 in the ATP rankings for the 374th week of his career, a record. This tenth success in Melbourne – another absolute record – allows the Serb to equal the number of Grand Slam titles (22) held by the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. A daunting performance,
who, at 35, propels him more than ever as a contender for the title of greatest player of all time alongside Nadal and the recently retired Swiss Roger Federer.
Connected French people
Monday January 30. A smartphone, or nothing? 87% of the population in France declares having owned a mobile phone allowing them to browse the Internet in 2022, according to the digital barometer carried out by the telecoms regulator (Arcep). The study specifies that among smartphone owners, 89% use it to send messages, while 78% use it to… make calls. More broadly, the proportion of people with a fixed Internet connection at home stabilized at 85%.
A sect at the heart of the Church
Monday January 30. Three years ago, the Catholic world discovered that Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, decorated with the honors of the Republic for his work for people with disabilities, had been guilty of sexual and spiritual abuse. The independent commissions mandated to shed light on these abuses as well as those committed by the Philippe brothers, his mentors, have published their reports. The 900-page dossier reveals the existence of a sectarian core with mystical-erotic beliefs and practices at the very heart of the Church: influence, sexual abuse, collective delirium, theological corruption… Facts that have benefited from the flaws of the institution church.
The mobilization does not weaken
Tuesday January 31. Demonstrations against the pension reform gathered 1.27 million people, according to the Ministry of the Interior – more than 2.5 million according to the unions. In Bordeaux, Paris, Nantes, Montpellier and everywhere in France, the processions displayed the same rejection of the flagship reform of Emmanuel Macron and his postponement of the legal age of departure to 64 years. An age that is “no longer negotiable” had reminded Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne two days earlier. The text, examined in committee from Monday 30, is the subject of nearly 7,000 amendments, largely tabled by Nupes.
The scourge of poor housing
Wednesday, February 1. In its 28th annual report on poor housing in France, the Abbé-Pierre Foundation estimates the number of homeless people in France at 330,000, an increase of almost 130% in ten years. The report also indicates that 4.15 million people are poorly housed in France. This category applies to people faced with the absence of personal accommodation, a living space that is far too small, or a deprivation of basic comforts (kitchen, toilets, heating, etc.). An alarming finding that the Foundation falls to the executive. “The gap has rarely seemed so wide between, on the one hand, the state of poor housing and, on the other hand, the insufficiency of public responses to make housing affordable. »