Romain Auzouy: You are listening to RFI, it is 10 p.m. here in Paris, 8 p.m. in universal time. Good evening everyone, welcome to your Easy French Journal presented tonight with Sylvie Berruet, good evening Sylvie.
Sylvie Berruet: Good evening Romain, good evening everyone.
RA: And on the front page this evening: deadly rains in Pakistan. The latest death toll now exceeds 1,100. The consequences are very important, our report to follow.
SB: The energy crisis. Illustration in Italy in this Easy French Journal where prices are soaring, that is to say they are always higher. And then the response from France, which is pursuing its objective of energy sobriety: today Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne asked companies to set up plans from September to reduce consumption by 10%.
RA: And then Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang robbed and beaten. Equipped with weapons, several men broke into the home of the Gabonese footballer. They forced the player to open his safe and stole many valuables before fleeing.
SB: The toll has further increased in Pakistan.
RA: Yes, the country is facing deadly monsoon rains. At least 1,136 people were killed, a figure provided by the national disaster management authority. In Pakistan, one inhabitant in seven is affected by these floods, this represents 33 million people. The consequences are very important: landslides, damaged roads, submerged villages, that is to say, which are under water. And then the health consequences, in terms of health: cases of cholera have been reported. Our special correspondent Sonia Ghezali went to several disaster-stricken villages, I suggest you listen to her report.
Dozens of families have taken refuge in a building in the center of Sukkur in Sindh. Mansoor Ali, a municipal policeman, is there almost every day. “It’s a wedding hall, but the police have reserved it to accommodate flood victims. Shehzad Ehmad has been here for almost a week: “The authorities distribute food to us, some local organizations also help us. We pray that the water will recede and that we can return to our homes. “A wish shared by his wife, traumatized: “One of our neighbors is dead. She was cooking when the roof of her house collapsed due to the rain. She fell on her gas stove and she was burned alive. She had 4 young children. We have nothing left, we have lost everything. We are all poor here. We can only pray to God. Even if the rain has stopped falling on Sukkur, the survivors fear new episodes of torrential rain, because the monsoon does not end until mid-September. Sonia Ghezali back from Sukkur, Islamabad, RFI.
SB: Very worrying situation in Iraq this evening.
RA: Yes, Iraq which has been shaken by a political crisis since the last legislative elections in October. But today, the situation has totally degenerated, it has worsened, after Moqtada Sadr who is a Shiite leader, well, announced his withdrawal from political life. Following this, his followers invaded the Palace of the Republic in Baghdad. At least 12 protesters were shot dead. Last information this evening: in the zone where these tensions take place, which one calls the Green Zone, at least seven mortar shells fell, the mortar shells it is a very powerful armament.
SB: This is one of the major concerns of this return to school in many countries around the world: the energy crisis.
RA: This is one of the major consequences of the war in Ukraine, particularly because of Russian gas, which is becoming rarer and on which many countries depend, particularly in Europe. The European Union is trying to organize itself against this, on Monday the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that she was preparing a “structural reform” of the European electricity market. Because for the moment, the consequence of this crisis is the rise in prices. Illustration in Italy. Report in Rome by Anne Le Nir.
The word « bollette », invoices, in Italian, is on the lips of all entrepreneurs and merchants. Alfonso Sacchi, owner of the Roman restaurant-pizzeria, Taverna Le Coppelle, no longer knows how to make ends meet. “I have seen a considerable increase in electricity bills. I paid 1,700 euros per month on average, now I have to pay 3,400 euros per month. As for wood for the pizza oven, its price jumped from 19 to 27 euros per 100 kilos. At this point, it does not suit me to continue. Should I put the key under the door? As noted by Arnaud de Montalembert, manager of six supermarkets whose brand belongs to a well-known French group, in Italy there is no price shield. “In July, we had electricity bills that went from 3,500 euros a month, which we paid the previous year over the same period, to between 13 and 14,000 for each store. What we are asking the authorities to do is take their responsibility, that they put a cap on the price of energy. But today, we are absolutely not reassured on these points. In the midst of an election campaign, all parties are calling for exceptional aid measures. But the outgoing head of government, Mario Draghi, has no intention of widening the budget deficit. Anne Le Nir, Rome, RFI.
SB: And faced with this price increase, faced with an energy that risks becoming scarcer, France is calling for sobriety.
RA: So sobriety is the back-to-school word for the executive. Sobriety means consuming less. Last week, President Emmanuel Macron called for an end to abundance. And in the same vein, today, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne spoke today in her first major back-to-school speech. She was in front of French business leaders and she asked them to make efforts to avoid a lack of energy in the coming months. We listen to Elisabeth Borne.
Every company must mobilize and act. I therefore call on everyone to establish their own sobriety plan in September. If we act collectively, we can overcome this risk of shortage, but if everyone does not do their part or if all the unfavorable hypotheses combine, we will have to impose reductions in consumption. If we were to come to rationing, businesses would be the first to be affected and unfortunately we must prepare for it. The time is no longer to wait, the time is no longer for half measures, the time is no longer for everyone for themselves, the time is for collective responsibility. State, companies, communities, citizens, everyone must play their part.
RA: This is the head of the French government, Elisabeth Borne, at the Medef summer school at the Longchamp racecourse in Paris. Interview by Julien Chavanne.
SB: No liftoff to the moon today.
RA: Yes, it’s NASA’s new rocket that was to take off, for the return from an American mission to the Moon, fifty years after the last Apollo flight. But this takeoff had to be canceled due to a technical problem in particular which concerns one of the engines. Disappointment for the thousands of people who had made the trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the hope of attending the show. But the Artemis 1 mission, that’s what it’s called, this mission could be launched on Friday, the people in charge said.
SB: And finally one of the most famous African footballers victims of a violent burglary.
RA: This is the Gabonese Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang who plays for FC Barcelona. So the facts unfolded last night, several men entered his home in the suburbs of Barcelona. What exactly happened? Details from our correspondent Elise Gazengel.
It was one o’clock in the morning when four hooded men entered the home of Gabonese international Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang in Castelldefells, a suburb of Barcelona, by climbing the wall of his garden. According to the revelations of El País and Rac1 radio, the thieves, armed with firearms and iron bars, threatened the footballer and his wife, tied them up and laid them on the ground for an hour until that they open a safe that contained valuables before fleeing. The Barça footballer was hit on the chin with an iron bar, his wife also suffered a slight head injury, but the couple refused to go to the hospital so as not to further traumatize their children, who were present during the heist. Two months ago, thieves had already broken into their home, but the family was away. This time, the criminals seem no longer afraid to cross paths with their victims. A method that worries here when in mid-August, another Barça player, Robert Lewandoski, had his watch stolen in broad daylight, in front of the training center, while he was signing autographs for his fans. Elise Gazengel, Barcelona, RFI.
RA: And then the first news from Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang after this burglary. » He is fine. He is scared but he is fine, ”an FC Barcelona internal source told Agence France Presse.
That’s how this Journal in easy French ends. Thanks Sylvia.
SB: With pleasure.
RA: See you tomorrow, good evening everyone, 10:10 p.m. here in Paris.