Turkish Elections, Zelensky’s European Tour & Far-Right Demo: Weekend Recap


A divided Türkiye at the polls this Sunday. The polling stations were not empty. A century after the founding of its Republic, a deeply divided Turkey went to the polls this Sunday to choose its new president, after two decades of reign of the “reis” Erdogan and renew its parliament. This election should see a mano to mano between the outgoing president and the opponent Kemal Kiliçdaroglu. Both candidates are currently claiming to be in the lead based on partial results. Our report.

Volodymyr Zelensky expected in Paris on Sunday evening, after Italy and Germany. The Ukrainian president is due to land in Paris this Sunday, May 14 at the end of the day, after his visits to Rome on Saturday and to Germany on Sunday, where a new military aid plan of 2.7 billion euros was announced. This is Volodymyr Zelensky’s second visit to France since the start of the Russian invasion, as Ukraine prepares its counter-offensive and appears to be regaining ground in Bakhmout.

On the eve of the reintegration of non-vaccinated caregivers, questions remain. Almost two years after being suspended from duty for refusing the Covid vaccine, a few thousand caregivers will be able to be reinstated in hospitals or care establishments, after the publication of a government decree this Sunday, May 14. However, several questions remain about the number of employees concerned, their positions or their refusal to return to work.

At the Cannes Film Festival, the prefecture prohibits demonstrations but the CGT promises to “make its cinema”. The red flag could be invited on the red carpet. Continuing the fight against pension reform, the CGT announces that it will “make its cinema” in Cannes, after the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes issued an order prohibiting any demonstration around the Croisette. Gatherings, demonstrations and film screenings are planned during the fortnight.

Cyclone Mocha hits Burma and Bangladesh with full force. Cyclone Mocha hit Bangladesh, largely sparing the sprawling refugee camps, and western Burma, where streets were turned into torrents, roofs torn off and communications almost cut off. Accompanied by strong winds blowing up to 195 kilometers per hour, Mocha, classified as category 5 (the highest) on the Saffir-Simpon scale, made landfall between Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to one million refugees, and Sittwe in Burma, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Service. By Sunday evening, most of the storm had passed.

Ligue 1 and 2 footballers refuse to play for not wearing rainbow colored jerseys. A little more and they can put together a team. Several players from Guingamp, Nantes and Toulouse have withdrawn while the Professional Football League is organizing its annual campaign this weekend “Gays or heterosexuals, we all wear the same jersey”, where all the players wear a flocked jersey in the colors of the Rainbow. The associations are rising up and denouncing the inaction of the football authorities.

In Brittany, fundamentalist Catholics from Civitas block a church to cancel a “profanatory” concert. In the street and in front of the churches, the extreme right is freewheeling. About thirty people, members or relatives of the fundamentalist party Civitas, blocked access to the Saint-Cornély church in Carnac (Morbihan) on Saturday May 13. They obtained the cancellation of a concert by the American artist Kali Malone, in particular because of the title of two songs. The priest had however claimed to have “looked very closely at the works offered without detecting anything anti-Christian or profanatory”.

After the prefectural bans, justice authorizes certain far-right demonstrations. The royalists yes, but not the Pétainists. Action française (AF, royalist) and Les Nationalistes (nostalgic for Pétain) had seized the administrative court for interim relief to challenge the ban by the police headquarters on their respective demonstrations scheduled for Sunday in Paris. The judge therefore ruled in favor of the former, who had already seen, at midday, the ban on their colloquium on Saturday fall. Our ticket.

At the ExistransInter march in Paris, “the pride of claiming the right to our existence”. The gray of the Place de la République is multicolored for once. Several hundred people are gathered in Paris, this Saturday, May 13, for the 26th edition of ExistransInter, an annual march for the rights of transgender and intersex people. During a “sign workshop” of preparation, Liberation was able to meet five young trans people. Our report.

“This forest is our oxygen”: in Anglet, citizen combat action against a technology park project. Residents of Anglet have been fighting for a month against a project to set up a technology park focused on sustainable construction in a natural forest. The president of the agglomeration community defends the needs of “economic development” of the territory. Our report.

In Narbonne, Bureau Veritas has its energetic diagnoses made by a ghost employee. The international company, leader in the business of real estate diagnostics, is the target of a criminal complaint filed by a former employee, for having validated several thousand energy performance diagnostics by usurping his signature. Our survey.

Bruce Springsteen, still a lion in the Arena. After six years of absence on stage, the “Boss”, 73 years old, always sharp, and his group the E Street Band reconnected with the Parisian public on Saturday, during his show at La Défense Arena. Intact fervor and melancholy of passing time.

This article is originally published on liberation.fr

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