Attack near Moscow, presidential election in Senegal, Europeans… Five things to remember from the weekend

Russia observes on Sunday a day of national mourning after the attack on Friday evening at Crocus City Hall, a concert hall in the suburbs near Moscow

Attack near Moscow, presidential election in Senegal, Europeans… Five things to remember from the weekend

Russia observes on Sunday a day of national mourning after the attack on Friday evening at Crocus City Hall, a concert hall in the suburbs near Moscow. This attack, which left at least 137 dead according to the latest figures from the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, is the deadliest in the country in around twenty years. It was claimed on Friday evening by the Islamic State in Khorasan (EI-K), an Afghan branch of the organization.

The Kremlin announced on Saturday “the arrest of eleven people, including four terrorists involved in the attack.” These four people suspected of being the perpetrators of the attack – “foreign citizens” according to the authorities – were arrested in the Bryansk oblast, bordering Ukraine and Belarus, according to the Russian Investigative Committee .

Vladimir Putin spoke at midday on Saturday about the attack, which he called a “bloody and barbaric terrorist act.” In a speech broadcast on television, he assured that “all the authors, organizers and sponsors of this crime will be justly and inevitably punished”. The FSB, for its part, claimed that the attackers had “contacts” in Ukraine, without directly accusing the Kiev authorities. Volodymyr Zelensky accused Vladimir Putin of wanting to “blame” Ukraine while Washington and London also rejected the Ukrainian lead.

On Sunday March 24, nearly 7.3 million Senegalese were called to elect their president. A highly anticipated election after a month of an unprecedented political crisis in the country, caused by the postponement of the election, initially scheduled for February 25 then postponed by the Head of State, Macky Sall, and rescheduled several times.

The outcome of this ballot, with 19 ballots – including those of two candidates who withdrew – is unpredictable after three years of agitation. The two main competitors, Bassirou Diomaye Faye and Amadou Ba, declared themselves “confident” of a victory in the first round. The offices are open until 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Paris time). First unofficial provisional results could be published overnight. The date of a possible second round has not been set.

The Les Républicains party launched its campaign for the European elections on June 9 on Saturday with a first major meeting in Aubervilliers, lambasting Emmanuel Macron’s record in the hope of recovering its “lost” voters. Its head of the list, François-Xavier Bellamy, defended the idea of ​​a France which takes back its destiny in Europe, while attacking the head of state. “Come back! », Urged Eric Ciotti, the president of the party, in “an appeal to those on the right who, since 2017, have distanced themselves” from the Republicans.

Raphaël Glucksmann and the socialists also kicked off their campaign on Sunday, in the suburbs of Toulouse. They seek to present themselves under the banner of the so-called “useful” vote on the left, with the objective of finishing in second place, ahead of Renaissance.

Furthermore, on Sunday, the National Rally announced who would take second place on Jordan Bardella's list: the essayist Malika Sorel-Sutter, former support of François Fillon.

The Ukrainian army announced on Sunday that it had hit two Russian ships during an attack on Sevastopol, the major port on the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.

“The Ukrainian armed forces managed to hit the amphibious landing ships Yamal and Azov, as well as a communications center and other infrastructure of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” the Ukrainian communications center said in a statement. Ukrainian armed forces.

The Russian army launched a series of air attacks in kyiv overnight from Saturday to Sunday, but also in the Lviv oblast, in western Ukraine. The Polish military has claimed that a Russian cruise missile violated Polish airspace for around forty seconds, and Warsaw intends to summon the Russian ambassador to Poland to demand “information and explanations” on the matter.

For its first preparation match for Euro 2024, the France team lost to the Mannschaft on Saturday evening at Groupama Stadium (0-2), in Lyon. They thus concede their second defeat of the season against the host of the upcoming Euro (from June 14 to July 14), after a first setback on September 12 (1-2).

“We were lacking in terms of aggression and determination. We were not able to rise to the level of the opponent,” argued Didier Deschamps at a press conference. The Blues will have the opportunity to make up for it on Tuesday March 26, in Marseille, where they will host Chile, in a second and final friendly meeting before the summer deadline.

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