6:38 p.m., September 7, 2022, amended to 6:54 p.m., September 7, 2022
1. D-Day for the National Council for Refoundation
Tomorrow, in Marcoussis (Essonne), it is the kick-off of the National Council for Refoundation (CNR). During the presidential campaign, Emmanuel Macron had promised a « new method » deliberation on social issues. This is therefore the goal of the CNR, which must establish diagnoses on topics as different as health, education or full employment.
This body was supposed to bring together the leaders of political parties and parliamentary groups, representatives of associations and intermediary bodies, including trade unions. But several of them did not respond to the invitation: no leading opposition official will be present, as will the majority of the unions. François Bayrou, as secretary general, will be in charge of moderating the debates.
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2. A new summit on military aid to Ukraine
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will co-chair tomorrow with his Ukrainian counterpart, at the Ramstein military base in Germany, a new meeting of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine, at a time when the counterattack of the Ukrainian army to the south launched at the end of August calls for more support in offensive equipment.
This group, founded in April, has already met three times, gradually increasing from 38 to 50 member countries. The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union are the main donors of military aid to Ukraine, amounting to nearly 15 billion dollars. France, which will not be represented at this meeting by its Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, recognizes that the doubling of the volumes of lethal and offensive equipment in Ukraine since the spring has created a difficulty at the European level for the renewal of national and NATO stocks. This question will be brought up at Ramstein tomorrow. Many donor countries have also offered to train Ukrainian soldiers and officers in neighboring countries or on their own soil. The largest number are in the UK and Poland, the two co-pilots of the Coordination Center for International Military Assistance to Ukraine, based in Stuttgart, Germany.
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3. Judgment tomorrow for the millionaire dentist
Accused of having fraudulently enriched himself by practicing unjustified and botched operations which mutilated hundreds of patients in the northern districts of Marseille, Lionel Guedj will know the sentence of the court tomorrow. A ten-year prison sentence plus a fine of 375,000 euros, the maximum provided for by the Penal Code, was requested in April against the 42-year-old former dentist, tried for intentional violence resulting in mutilation. Facts committed between 2006 and 2012.
At the hearing, the prosecution had pointed out that in 2010 this practitioner had become the highest paid dentist in France with 2.9 million euros in fees. And, according to Social Security, he placed 28 times more prostheses than the average French dentist.
The judgment is also eagerly awaited by nearly 350 plaintiffs, victims of terrible dental pain, recurrent cysts, falling bridges, even total loss of teeth…
4. European Cups: four French clubs on deck
It’s not just the Champions League (C1) in Europe. The Europa League (C3) and Europa League Conference (C4) seasons also open tomorrow. Four French clubs are concerned. Eliminated in the preliminary round of the C1, AS Monaco has a second chance in Europe with the C3: the players of the Principality travel to Belgrade (Serbia) to face the Red Star (9 p.m. on RMC Sport) in a hen which also includes Ferencvaros and Trabzonspor.
The focus will be mainly on Nantes, back in European affairs after twenty years of absence. The winners of the Coupe de France receive Olympiakos (9 p.m. on W9 and Canal+ Foot) from the ex-Canari Christian Karembeu, the current sports director of the Greek club. As for Stade Rennes, on a trip to Larnaca (6:45 p.m. on RMC Sport), in Cyprus, it will be deprived of three young people caught up in the baccalaureate exams… At the same time on the same channel, Nice will host the Germans from Cologne in C4.
5. A single for the first collaboration between Moby and Nicola Sirkis
“How much longer / It’s not our world / We could still wait / It’s not our world. » Here is the chorus, in French, of the bilingual single This Is Not Our World, which will be available tomorrow evening, 6 p.m. This pop anthem calling for a global awareness of current and future ecological and humanitarian disasters marks the first collaboration between New York artist Moby and Nicola Sirkis, the singer of the group Indochine.
After Mylène Farmer or Jean-Michel Jarre, this new collaboration with a French artist recalls the ties of the American author of the album Play (1999) with our country. Thanks to this single, we discover that the musician with 20 million records sold is realizing an old dream alongside the singer of Indochina. “I have always adored Indochine, says Moby, who discovered them in the late 1980s while vacationing in Paris with his French girlfriend at the time. For me, it’s the best French group of the 1980s. They are the equivalent of Depeche Mode. »
We are delighted: A “zero particle” ferry will link Marseille to Corsica
The company La Méridionale, which provides freight and passenger connections between Marseille and Corsica, this week unveiled a ferry with considerably reduced pollutant emissions. After three years of testing, the shipping company has developed a particulate filter capable of capturing 99% of sulfur oxides and 99.9% of fine and ultrafine particles emitted by the ship’s engines.
A « world premiere », boasts the company, which believes that this technology allows it to be « already compliant with the standards that will come into force in 2025 », in particular on the sulfur content of marine fuels, which will be limited to 0.1% in the Mediterranean.