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    Weakened and isolated, Mahmoud Abbas blocks any deal on Gaza that would bypass him

    The United States, which claims to be the inescapable mediator of the conflict, has never adopted such a partisan position. The president of the Palestinian Authority, politically walled and withdrawn, refuses any compromise. Hope is exhausting when he continues to be disappointed. To all their ills, Gazans must add this suffering: to believe in vain that the vise around their territory could finally be loosened. This was the case in October 2017 when Hamas, master of Gaza for eleven years, and Fatah, of President Mahmoud Abbas, had concluded a reconciliation agreement under the auspices of Egypt. Failure. Then came the violence, the only one to react abroad: nearly 130 dead…

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    The trial of Jean-Claude Arnault, thorny mission for Swedish justice

    Seven years after the alleged events, the woman who accuses the French of rapes relies on a series of testimonials to support his claims. The first big trial of the #metoo era opened Wednesday, September 19 in Stockholm. It is held in camera and will last three days. On the dock: a 72-year-old Frenchman, unknown in his country of origin, but a celebrity in Sweden since the revelations of the newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN), in autumn 2017, at the origin of the scandal that has annihilated the Swedish Academy and resulted in the postponement of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 which it awarded. Eighteen women then accuse Jean-Claude Arnault,…

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    Migration crisis: “differences persist” between Europeans at the Salzburg summit

    The meeting aimed at bridging differences on the issue of migrants has not made progress. A true Wagnerian staging: twilight and monumental. The table of European leaders, set up on the evening of Wednesday 19 September in the twilight of the Manege des Roches, a concert hall in Salzburg (Austria), has probably not helped to bring together ever diverging views on migration. The purpose of this meeting, however, was to try – finally – to get out of the political crisis caused by the glaring lack of solidarity between the Member States. Those in the East (starting with Hungary) refuse any “redistribution” of refugees, and Italy blocks most of its…

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    The mysteries of Jean-Claude Arnault, accused of the first grand trial of the #metoo era

    Judged for rape in Sweden, this Frenchman had become a celebrity in Sweden, where he has lived for fifty years. This is the first big trial of the #metoo era. On the dock in Stockholm, Wednesday 19 September: a Frenchman. Unknown in his country of origin, Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, is a celebrity in Sweden, where he lives for fifty years. The man is not only the husband of the poet and academician Katarina Frostenson or the former artistic director of the Forum, a popular scene of the Stockholm elite. He is also at the origin of the resounding scandal which annihilated the Swedish Academy, institution founded in 1786 by the…

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    Francois de Rugy: “We must get out of the religious war on nuclear energy”

    In an interview with the “World”, the minister of ecological and solidarity transition rejects conservatism and radicalism, “the two faces of impotence”. The new Minister of Ecology, Fran├žois de Rugy, says he has “four useful years” to complete the country’s ecological and energy transition. You have agreed to succeed Nicolas Hulot, a popular minister and recognized for his ecological commitment. How do you plan to succeed where he says he failed? I am aware that this is not an easy ministry. It covers very varied fields with big files like transports, the energy or the sea. It seems important to me that it kept the same perimeter to have all…