Niger Tension, France Fires, Mbappé & PSG: Monday News

EU will hold coup leaders in Niger ‘responsible’ for attack on embassies. The European Union on Monday put pressure on the putschists who took power in Niger, holding them responsible “for any attack against civilians, and diplomatic personnel or installations”, after thousands of demonstrators targeted the French Embassy on Sunday in Niamey. In addition, the EU will “quickly and resolutely support” the decisions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which ordered an economic blockade of Niger on Sunday.

Four southern departments on alert for the risk of fires. The Gard, the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Var and the Vaucluse are placed this Monday, July 31 at the orange level of the Forest Weather. This means that the weather conditions significantly increase the risk of the start and spread of forest and vegetation fires compared to summer norms. In addition, 17 departments are placed in yellow danger, in the south of France and in Corsica.

Drones target a Russian police station in a region bordering Ukraine. A Ukrainian drone attack targeted a police station in the Russian region of Bryansk, bordering Ukraine, without causing any casualties, regional governor Alexander Bogomaz announced on Monday. Drone attacks against Russian territory and the Crimean peninsula annexed in 2014 have increased in recent weeks, against the backdrop of a Kyiv counter-offensive that began in early June.

The toll is growing in Pakistan after a suicide attack at a meeting. After announcing 39 dead in a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday July 30, the country’s authorities now count 44 dead and more than 100 injured. The attack targeted the conservative religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F).

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The deadline to extend Mbappé’s contract at PSG. The star striker has until midnight on Monday July 31 to activate the extension clause of his contract with Paris-Saint-Germain, which expires in the summer of 2024. If this is not the case, the club will then consider that Kylian Mbappé is on the transfer market and available for sale, to avoid letting him leave freely next year without receiving compensation.

The cargo ship on fire off the Netherlands being towed. The movement of the burning freighter off the coast of the Netherlands, with thousands of cars on board, began on Sunday afternoon, a day later than expected due to the wind, the authorities announced, adding that the fire on board had “significantly” reduced in intensity. The Fremantle Highway must be at a temporary location, before hoping to bring it to a port.


Too expensive train tickets: “We prefer to drive nine hours”. Too high ticket prices discourage some travelers from taking the train and force them to prefer the car, bus or plane. Users tell.


Mass in Latin and evangelization: Dominique Rey, the reactionary bishop who embarrasses the Vatican. Idol of “traditional” circles now in the sights of Rome, the prelate at the head of the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon is increasingly criticized for his erratic governance and his uninhibited proximity to the far right. The end of twenty years of complacency?

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Drag Race evenings: “Partying, dancing, singing, kissing, it’s political”. Every Friday, a bar in the Parisian Marais broadcasts the weekly episode of the program “Drag Race France” on the big screen, in the presence of candidates. A festive and tolerant atmosphere essential in the face of the rise in attacks against the LGBT + community.

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Tony Estanguet, Olympic Games in whitewater. The former canoe-kayak champion who became president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee is putting on a good figure despite the difficulties that are bubbling and shaking.

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