End of Nice attack trial, verdict expected on Tuesday
The trial of the Nice attack ended on Monday morning, after sixty days of hearing, with the brief words of the defendants before the special assize court in Paris retired to deliberate. “I am guilty of having sold a weapon, without thinking about it. And since then, I haven’t stopped thinking about it for more than six years. I hope you heard it, ”said one of the three defendants prosecuted for terrorist criminal association, Ramzi Arefa. The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office requested fifteen years’ imprisonment against the three men, while asking for the abandonment of the “terrorist” qualification against Ramzi Arefa, considering that he “could not know the radicalization” of the future killer of the Promenade des English given their limited contacts.
Pensions: the presentation of the reform by the government postponed to January 10
The presentation of the pension reform, initially scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed to January 10 in order to allow the new leaders of the Republicans and Europe Ecology The Greens “to discuss with the government”, Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday. “This allows us to have a few more weeks so that those who (…) have just taken on responsibilities can, on some key elements of the reform, discuss with the government”, declared the president. The executive had decided to present on December 15, a few days before Christmas, this highly contested text, the many opponents announcing that they were preparing to block it by all means, from the street to Parliament. [Plus d’infos]
Ice on the roads of Brittany
The morning was marked by the cold… and the ice, in Brittany! Early this morning, patches of ice were observed across the entire region, which was on yellow alert until 11 a.m. A situation that has had consequences on car traffic. Example in Saint-Brieuc, where the road network in the city and its surroundings was paralyzed by frost. However, to try to reassure yourself, just take a look across the Channel, where the situation is much more critical: since Sunday, snow and frost have created chaos in British transport.
Alleged corruption: in Strasbourg, the European Parliament in shock
The European Parliament was in shock on Monday, after the imprisonment of its vice-president Eva Kaili, charged with corruption in a case linked to Qatar which threatens to tarnish the image of the institution. The President of the Parliament, the Maltese Roberta Metsola, should speak on these allegations at 5 p.m., at the opening of the monthly plenary session bringing together all the MEPs in Strasbourg (France). [Plus d’infos]
E. Leclerc abandons paper prospectuses
After Cora, last week, it’s E’s turn. Leclerc to put an end to the distribution of paper flyers. “From September 2023, we will completely stop their distribution throughout France” and “all stores”, confirmed Michel-Édouard Leclerc, interviewed in Le Parisien, specifying that this would save “50,000 tonnes of paper” every year.
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