End of life, bad weather, and dozens of deaths in Gaza the day before Ramadan… Five things to remember from the weekend

Have you missed the news a bit in the last two days? We summarize the main information for Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10

End of life, bad weather, and dozens of deaths in Gaza the day before Ramadan… Five things to remember from the weekend

Have you missed the news a bit in the last two days? We summarize the main information for Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10.

“With this text, we look death in the face. » In an interview with Libération and La Croix, Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday March 10 that a bill opening “assisted dying” under “strict conditions” would be presented in April to the Council of Ministers.

Adult patients, “capable of full and complete discernment”, suffering from an “incurable illness” with a “short or medium term vital prognosis” and suffering “refractory” suffering (unable to be relieved) will be able to “ ask to be able to be helped in order to die,” the head of state clarified to the two daily newspapers. In the event of a favorable collegial opinion from the medical team, a lethal substance will be prescribed to the person, which they can administer themselves, or with the help of a third party if they "are not in control". able to do this physically.”

A campaign promise constantly postponed, this bill should therefore arrive on the table of the Council of Ministers in April, for a first reading in Parliament in May.

Severe weather associated with Storm Monica hit southeastern France on Saturday and Sunday, with cumulative rainfall of up to 150 millimeters in places. Sunday afternoon, the Gard prefecture announced that a “lifeless body was discovered” in Gagnières, without it having yet been identified. Two other bodies were found “in a vehicle” at the end of the afternoon by emergency services, who were looking for two missing people in Goudargues (Gard), the prefecture said on X, specifying that the search was continuing.

A father and his two children aged 4 and 13 were swept away by the waves in Dions, north of Nîmes, around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, and two other people in Goudargues, in the north of the department, on Sunday around 5 a.m. A first person had already been missing since Saturday in the department. It concerns a 62-year-old motorist, swept away around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday when the car he was in took a submerged bridge in Gagnières, in the north of Gard. Authorities were also looking for a man in Saint-Martin-de-Valamas, in Ardèche, the department's prefecture announced on Sunday, bringing the total number of people missing following the bad weather to seven.

The Israeli army again dropped bombs on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing dozens on the eve of Ramadan. According to Hamas authorities, at least 85 Palestinians have died in the last twenty-four hours in more than sixty nighttime strikes which also hit homes in the center and south of the Gaza Strip, especially in Khan Younes.

Before Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting which begins Monday or Tuesday, there is no indication to hope for a truce agreement in this conflict which has left, according to the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, 31,045 dead, mostly civilians, in the large-scale military offensive carried out by Israel in retaliation for an unprecedented bloody attack by the Islamist movement on October 7, 2023. In addition to the heavy human toll and colossal destruction, the war has caused a humanitarian disaster in this Palestinian territory where, according to the UN, 2.2 of the 2.4 million inhabitants are threatened with famine and 1.7 million have been displaced.

The UN, which warns of an "almost inevitable widespread famine" in Gaza, says airdrops and sending aid by sea cannot replace the land route. This aid passes through Rafah, a town located on the Egyptian border. According to the UN, nearly 1.5 million people are gathered there, the vast majority of whom are displaced, who queue daily at food and water distribution points. And who fear an announced Israeli ground offensive.

The French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, and the Marseille prosecutor's office confirmed on Saturday the arrest, the day before in Morocco, of the leader of the Marseille Yoda gang, Félix Bingui. The latter had established himself in Morocco after the outbreak, in February 2023, of “war” with the rival DZ Mafia gang. Mr. Bingui was the subject of an arrest warrant from a Marseille investigating judge for “importing narcotics in an organized gang, transport, detention, acquisition, transfer of narcotics, criminal conspiracy (…), money laundering and no proof of resources,” the prosecution said in a press release.

Morocco's Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) also confirmed the arrest. “The suspect was placed in police custody before being presented on Saturday morning before the competent public prosecutor's office in Casablanca, as part of the extradition procedure,” according to a press release, which does not say how long this procedure could last. .

A turf war for control of deal points between the Yoda gang and a rival group called DZ Mafia has bloodied the city of Marseille, particularly in 2023. That year was, in fact, the bloodiest in Marseille, with 49 people killed – including four collateral victims, and 123 injured – in violence linked to drug trafficking. Some 35 of these “narchomicides” were directly linked to these rivalries between two clans, according to Pascal Bonnet, deputy to the judicial police in the south of France.

The 96th Academy Awards take place on Sunday in Los Angeles, starting at 4 p.m. local time (midnight in France). If the French film Anatomy of a Fall was not chosen to represent France in the category of best foreign film, it is nominated in the categories of best film, best direction (Justine Triet), best original screenplay (Justine Triet and Arthur Harari), best actress (Sandra Hüller) and best editing (Laurent Sénéchal).

In terms of nominations, however, it is Oppenheimer, by Christopher Nolan, who largely leads the race, with 13 potential statuettes, followed by Poor Creatures (11), Killers of the Flower Moon (10), Barbie (8). Followed by Maestro (7), then American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Winter Break and Zone of Interest (5). Among those snubbed from the nominations, Greta Gerwig, absent from the directing category for Barbie, and her actress Margot Robbie, who is not in the best actress category (but appears in the best film category as co-producer of the project). Leonardo DiCaprio (Killers of the Flower Moon) was also forgotten.

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