Announced end of land rights in Mayotte, Trump encourages Russia to attack “delinquent” NATO countries… Five things to remember from the weekend

Upon his arrival in the archipelago on Sunday, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced "the inclusion of the end of land law in Mayotte in a constitutional revision", "in response to the migration question" in this French department of the Indian Ocean, paralyzed for a month by roadblocks by citizen groups to protest against insecurity and uncontrolled immigration

Announced end of land rights in Mayotte, Trump encourages Russia to attack “delinquent” NATO countries… Five things to remember from the weekend

Upon his arrival in the archipelago on Sunday, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced "the inclusion of the end of land law in Mayotte in a constitutional revision", "in response to the migration question" in this French department of the Indian Ocean, paralyzed for a month by roadblocks by citizen groups to protest against insecurity and uncontrolled immigration.

This means "that it will no longer be possible to become French if you are not yourself the child of French parents", he clarified, assuring that this "will cut off the attractiveness" that Mayotte may have, faced with to strong immigration, particularly from the neighboring Comoros. “It will no longer be possible (…) to give birth to a child here and hope to become French in this way,” he explained, referring to “an extremely strong measure”.

This announcement sparked numerous political reactions. The far right welcomed this ambition, while believing that it should not be confined to Mayotte, while the right evokes “strong announcements”. For the left, on the other hand, it is “the end of the law of the ground”. The poorest department in France, Mayotte is populated by 310,000 inhabitants, according to INSEE – much more, according to the regional chamber of accounts – including 48% immigrants from the Comoros or other African countries.

Often doubtful, sometimes hostile, about the continuation of American aid to Ukraine, even threatening to leave NATO if he returned to the White House, the former American president and presidential candidate of November went even further by declaring on Saturday that it would “encourage” Russia to attack any member state of the Atlantic Alliance that did not respect its financial obligations.

During a meeting in South Carolina, Donald Trump reported a conversation with one of the NATO heads of state, without naming him. “One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said: 'If we don't pay and we are attacked by Russia, will you protect us?'” says the billionaire before revealing his response: “No, I wouldn’t protect you. In fact I would encourage them to do whatever they want to you. You must pay your debts.” »

Washington responded to Mr. Trump's statements by touting Joe Biden's efforts to strengthen alliances around the world. “Encouraging the invasion of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and senseless,” responded Andrew Bates, White House spokesperson in a statement released Saturday evening. Donald Trump's statements come as he put pressure on Republican elected officials in Congress to bury a bill providing for the payment of new aid to Ukraine.

Air-guided bombs targeted the Ukrainian village of Vodiane in the eastern Kharkiv region on Sunday, killing a 56-year-old woman, Governor Oleh Synehoubov said. The day before in Kharkiv, seven people, including 3 children, were killed during a nighttime drone strike on a gas station.

The Ukrainian head of state, Volodymyr Zelensky, indicated on Saturday that he had spoken with his French counterpart about Ukraine's needs in arms and ammunition, in the run-up to a visit by Emmanuel Macron to Ukraine announced for the month of February, thanking France for its “unwavering” support. Mr. Macron “reiterated France’s determination to provide all the necessary support, over the long term and with all of its partners, to defeat Russia’s war of aggression,” the French presidency said. The two countries are finalizing a bilateral security agreement.

On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed that the Israeli army will provide "safe passage" to civilians before the planned assault on Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, backed by the closed border with the Egypt, without specifying where civilians could take refuge, while new Israeli strikes had targeted the city. Rafah is the last major urban center that the army has not yet entered. According to the United Nations (UN), more than 1.3 million Palestinians, the vast majority civilians who fled the war, are massed there, in deplorable humanitarian conditions.

On Sunday, France, deeply concerned after the Israeli strikes in Rafah, urged Israel to stop the fighting to avoid “a disaster”. “A large-scale Israeli offensive in Rafah would create a catastrophic humanitarian situation of a new dimension and unjustifiable,” responded the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lemoine.

Frenchwoman Julia Simon won the pursuit of the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic) on Sunday, ahead of Italian Lisa Vittozzi and Frenchwoman Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, two days after the historic feat of Les Bleues, who achieved a quadruple during the sprint.

With this fifth world gold medal, her third at these Worlds after the mixed relay and the sprint, Julia Simon enters a little further into the history of French biathlon. The individual on Tuesday, the relays on Friday and Saturday, and the mass start on Sunday will provide opportunities to further expand your track record.

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