Debate on weapons in the United States, suspicions of trafficking at the Louvre and Roland-Garros: the information to remember this afternoon

The info not to miss

After the drama, the anger. As relatives of the 21 dead in the Uvalde school shooting, perpetrated on Tuesday by an 18-year-old young man, mourn the victims, the United States is once again engaged in a bitter debate on the limitation of firearms .

“When, for God’s sake, are we going to face the gun lobby? “, Launched President Joe Biden on Wednesday in the wake of the tragedy, saying he was “sick and tired” in the face of the litany of school shootings.

Sign of the tension around the subject, the press conference of Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, was interrupted by his opponent Beto O’Rourke, who accused him of having his share of “responsibility”. “You say it was not foreseeable, it was completely foreseeable from the moment you decided not to do anything,” said this figure from the Democratic Party in Texas.

In the United States, school shootings are a recurring scourge that successive governments have so far been powerless to stem. The debate on gun regulation in the country is almost on hold, given the lack of hope that Congress will pass an ambitious national law on the issue.

Chance of the calendar: the powerful pro-arms lobby NRA is organizing its annual meeting on Friday, in which ex-President Donald Trump will participate. The NRA has also cleared itself of all responsibility in the drama of Uvalde, ensuring that the killing was the act of “an isolated and disturbed criminal”.

What else to remember

  • The former director of the Louvre suspected of trafficking. Jean-Luc Martinez was indicted on Wednesday in Paris for “money laundering and complicity in organized fraud” and placed under judicial supervision in an investigation into antiquities trafficking. The man and two specialists are suspected of having taken part in trafficking in works, among which is a stele of Tutankhamun.
  • War in Ukraine: critical situation in Severodonetsk. The Russian army seeks at all costs to seize the city in eastern Ukraine, where “the enemy is clearly superior in terms of equipment, in number of soldiers”, worries President Volodymyr Zelensky. In response, kyiv is calling for more heavy weapons to match Russian firepower.
  • Over 200 cases of monkeypox worldwide. The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide reached 219 on Wednesday outside countries where the disease is endemic, according to a report released by the European Union’s disease agency. “Most of the cases are young men, identifying themselves as men who have sex with men. There were no deaths,” said the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
  • Roland-Garros: the feat of Léolia Jeanjean. The Frenchwoman continues her fine career at Roland-Garros and offers herself a feat in the process: the 227th player in the world eliminated this Thursday the Czech Karolina Pliskova, 8th in the world, 6-2, 6-2, and won her ticket for the third round. Recipient of a wild card, this former French tennis hopeful is participating at the age of 26 in his first Grand Slam. To try to get her place in the round of 16, she will face either the Russian under neutral banner Ekaterina Alexandrova (31st) or the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (63rd).
  • Legislative: the point on the candidates. The Interior Ministry has made public the names of the 6,293 candidates standing in the first round of the general elections on 12th June next, in one of the 577 constituencies in France. Le Parisien has concocted a list detailing the typical profile of the candidates, but also the distribution of the different parties in the territory.

it concerns you

Pollen alert in France. The risk of allergy remains at its maximum in almost the whole country, this Ascension weekend, warns the National Aerobiological Surveillance Network (RNSA) on Thursday. This risk should remain “for several more weeks with very favorable weather conditions for the emission and dispersion of high concentrations of grass pollen in the air”. To protect oneself, it is possible to use masks, although they do not protect the eyes from the grasses. It is also recommended to ventilate and adapt your activity accordingly, such as “avoiding sport, not mowing, or gardening”, during pollination peaks.

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