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Death of Bouteflika, demonstrations of hunters, submarines: the midday update – international news




Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is dead

Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted from power in 2019 after massive protests against his desire to run for a new term, died on Friday at the age of 84. Since his spectacular fall in April 2019 under pressure from the army and the street, the one Algerians colloquially called “Boutef” had remained holed up in solitude in his nursing home in Zeralda, west of Algiers, then that his relatives were being prosecuted on charges of corruption. His fall had become inevitable after weeks of massive demonstrations against his desire to run for a fifth five-year term, after 20 years in power, despite his illness. [Plus d’infos]


Demonstrations by hunters against the ban on traditional hunting

Hunters have started to demonstrate in several cities in France to defend traditional bird hunts, deemed illegal by the Council of State, and while the government has just made a gesture towards this very courted electorate. At least 13,000 people started this Saturday morning in Mont-de-Marsan for a demonstration to defend traditional bird hunts and a “threatened rural world”. They were around 8,000 in Redon. In August, the Council of State ruled several hunting techniques with nets (pantes, tenderies) or cages (matoles) contrary to the European “birds” directive of 2009, which prohibits techniques for mass capture of birds without distinction of species caught.

The demonstration in Redon. (Erwan Miloux)

Paris recalls its ambassadors in the United States and Australia

France recalled Friday its ambassadors to the United States and Australia, an unprecedented decision vis-à-vis two historic allies, after the cancellation of a mega-contract for French submarines in Canberra. “At the request of the President of the Republic, I decided to immediately recall to Paris for consultations with our two ambassadors in the United States and in Australia”, announced the head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian in a press release . The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to counter China, AUKUS, including the supply of American nuclear-powered submarines to Canberra, which dismissed the French who signed in 2016 a 56 billion euro contract to supply conventional submarines. [Plus d’infos]

Death of Bouteflika, demonstrations of hunters, submarines: the midday update – international news
Jean-Yves Le Drian, head of French diplomacy. (Attila Kisbenedek / AFP)

The restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris will begin

The phase of securing and consolidating Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, devastated more than two years ago by a fire, has ended, giving way to the restoration phase, announced on Saturday the public establishment responsible for its conservation. Started the day after the fire, on April 16, 2019, this work was completed and “the cathedral is now fully secure” announces a press release which continues that “the restoration phase has been actively prepared and is now resolutely engaged in order to launch from this winter the first restoration works ”. [Plus d’infos]

Death of Bouteflika, demonstrations of hunters, submarines: the midday update – international news
(Stéphane de Sakutin / AFP)

Heritage Days: what to do in Brittany?

After a truncated edition due to the covid-19 crisis, Heritage Days 2021 takes place this weekend. More than 22,000 appointments are offered. With our interactive map, discover those programmed in Brittany! Le Télégramme also offers its selection of meetings in the region.