Because the world continues to turn, franceinfo has selected seven pieces of information that may have passed under your radar.
While the whole world is now fighting against coronavirus and the stages of this « war », as Emmanuel Macron called it, occupy the vast majority of your newspapers, JT and news sites, franceinfo selected, Sunday March 22, seven news items that marked the news of this week and that have nothing to do do with the terrible virus.
November 13 attacks: 20 people sent back to the assizes, including Salah Abdeslam
After four years of sprawling investigation, 20 people were sent back to the assizes for the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and Saint-Denis which left 130 dead and 350 injured, announced on Monday March 16 the national antiterrorist prosecutor’s office (Pnat). Among the people against whom the examining magistrates ordered a trial is the Franco-Belgian Salah Abdeslam, the only member still alive of the November 13 commandos, and six people targeted by an international arrest warrant , including Osama Atar and the Clain brothers, all three presumed dead.
Benny Gantz in Israel tasked with forming new government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday March 16 instructed centrist leader Benny Gantz, rival of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a new government. Objective: get the country out of a long political crisis and face the new coronavirus. However, after the legislative elections of March 2, the Likud, right-wing party of Benyamin netanyahu won the largest number of seats: 36 out of 120 in Parliament, compared to 33 for the « Bleu-Blanc » formation by Benny Gantz. After consultations with representatives of the parties elected to the Parliament, 61 deputies recommended Benny Gantz to the Israeli president, against 58 for the outgoing.
Franco-Malian singer Rokia Traoré in prison
The famous Malian singer Rokia Traoré was arrested in France, Friday, March 13, under a European arrest warrant issued by Belgian justice, related to a dispute over the custody of her daughter, born to a Belgian father. The Paris Court of Appeal will say on March 25 whether it approves the request for surrender to Belgium.
Iran releases French researcher Roland Marchal
Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday March 21 that theIran released French researcher Roland Marchal. « The President of the Republic is pleased to announce the release of Roland Marchal, imprisoned in Iran since June 2019 », wrote the Elysée in a press release. Roland Marchal, sociologist, arrived on Saturday March 21 in France. « Roland is back », announced its support committee in a brief press release. No image of his return to France has filtered. Upon his arrival, he was hospitalized at the military hospital of Saint-Mandé, near Paris, for examinations.
The President of the Republic urged « the Iranian authorities immediately release our compatriot Fariba Adelkhah still imprisoned in Iran ». Fariba Adelkhah is a researcher at the Center for International Research (CERI-Sciences Po), like Roland Marchal. The two researchers were arrested, according to Tehran, for endangering national security. A reason that all those close to the couple reject.
Bernie Sanders under pressure to drop Democratic primary
Stop or again? The pressure is increasing on Bernie Sanders, who will take stock of his campaign in the race for the White House after a new series of defeats in the Democratic primaries against Joe Biden.
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Despite a painstaking start, the former vice-president continued his victories and won hands down in Arizona, Florida and Illinois on Tuesday. With 19 successes out of 27 states having voted, the advance of the former American vice-president now seems insurmountable in view of the democratic nomination for the presidential election.
Country star Kenny Rogers is dead
Country music star Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned more than 60 years, died at the age of 81, his family announced Friday night. Kenny Rogers, who was in « palliative care, went away peacefully, at home, of natural death and surrounded by his family »his relatives said in a press release. Born in Texas, the singer was known for his velvet voice, heard on a series of hits like The Gambler and Islands in the Stream.
The number of African black rhinos up slightly
Africa’s black rhino population is slightly larger today than eight years ago, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although the species is still critically endangered . IUCN released an update to its Red List of Threatened Species on March 19, and reports that between 2012 and 2018, the number of African black rhinos increases by 2.5% per year, dropping from » approximately 4,845 to 5,630 individuals.