1 – Macron the European in the Oval Office
The President of the Republic will be received Thursday at 9 a.m. by Joe Biden with all the ceremonial of a state visit: 21 cannon shots and presentation to the troops on the lawn of the White House.
Ukraine and the American protectionism of recovery and reconstruction plans will be the two essential subjects of the discussions. Emmanuel Macron will try to assert the rights of exemption for French and European industrialists in the face of the discrimination imposed on companies in the European Union, in particular in the fight against climate change in the United States and the exorbitant prices of American natural gas exported to Europe since the Russian gas boycott.
Then he will meet the leaders of Congress, divided since the midterm elections. On the menu, an interview with the heads of the Foreign Affairs and Environment Committees to check with them how best to align the agendas of American and European reforms. In the evening, the program will be more social with the gala dinner at the White House under a large tent set up on the south lawn of the presidential buildings. Some two hundred guests will be present, to the sound of music by Jon Baptiste.
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2 – Pensions file, chapter 3
While the main lines of the pension reform will be unveiled in mid-December, the third part of the consultation with the social partners opens on Thursday. The first two were devoted to taking into account the difficulty of work and the employment of seniors (October) then to equity and social justice (November).
This time, around Olivier Dussopt, Minister of Labor, it will be a question of the financial balance of the system, that is to say the aspect which arouses the most tension. In the background, the contribution period and the retirement age, which the executive intends to raise from 62 to 65, according to « the roadmap » recalled today by Olivier Véran, spokesperson for the government. The unions, fiercely opposed to the reform, are to meet on Monday to decide on the timetable for the next mobilizations.
3 – Advertising at night is over in Paris
For the sake of energy sobriety, the Paris Council voted on October 12 to turn off illuminated advertisements, from 11:45 p.m. to 6 a.m., in the streets of the capital. A measure that will come into effect on Thursday. It follows the decision, taken at the beginning of autumn, to turn off the monuments at 10 p.m. and the Eiffel Tower at 11:45 p.m., in order to reduce energy consumption by 10%.
All advertising or information panels managed by the operator Clear Channel will be affected, whether digital, electric or electronic, backlit or scrolling. Only exception: panels intended for information related to public services, road safety and access to rights. JC Decaux, which manages the Morris columns, the backlit panels of the press kiosks and the bus shelters, will turn off this street furniture at 1 a.m. As for the illuminated panels of metro or RER stations, they are already switched off between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. A government decree published in early October provides for a similar extinction throughout the national territory from June 1, 2023.
4 – Questions about police reform
The deputies of the fact-finding mission on the reform of the judicial police, co-reported by Marie Guévenoux (Renaissance, Essonne) and Ugo Bernalicis (LFI, Nord), continue their work. After the lawyers on Wednesday, they will proceed Thursday morning to the hearing of several executives of the Prefecture of Police, starting with the prefect of police Laurent Nunez, former secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior. They will then hear Eric Morvan, former director general of the national police (2017 – 2020), who has never hidden his reservations about the consolidation of all police services under a single authority in each department, the objective of the reform.
This reform project is contested internally by many judicial police officers, but also in the ranks of the judiciary. It is the subject of an audit mission carried out by three inspectorates (administration, justice, national police). A progress report is expected before the end of the year.
5 – A day to (continue to) fight against AIDS
The disease still caused 650,000 deaths worldwide last year. “The AIDS virus is constantly changing and developing resistance”says Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On the occasion of World HIV Day, he stresses the need to develop prevention and treatment, also recalling the importance of preventive treatment. During the pandemic, testing and care of infected people has been largely disrupted. Today, the energy crisis and world conflicts also have a negative impact on the struggle. “The tools we use to fight AIDS are the tools we will use tomorrow to fight a new threat, which will undeniably present itself”, insists Peter Sands. Especially since in the future, infectious diseases could develop under the effect of climate change.
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6 – World: Germany on a wire
At the end of the group stage, would Germany win? This is the major issue of the evening of tomorrow (8 p.m., TF1 and beIN sport), in a pool E where no one has yet qualified for the eighth, nor eliminated. But if Spain, with its 4 points, does not worry before crossing Japan; the Mannschaft advances without having its destiny totally in hand. She must beat Costa Rica, and pray that Japan does not achieve the feat against La Roja. Qualifiers from this group will meet those from Group F, where three teams are competing for the two tickets. With a direct confrontation for Croatia and Belgium, while Morocco will complete this first round against a Canada already out (4 p.m.). France football will also be honored this Thursday since Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed to referee Germany-Costa Rica, a first for a woman in the World Cup.