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UDI, pileup on the RN12, Jersey: midday update – France



Senator Hervé Marseille elected president of the UDI

The senator of Hauts-de-Seine Hervé Marseille was elected president of the UDI on Saturday to replace Jean-Christophe Lagarde, during a vote in congress where he was the only candidate, announced the president the National Commission of UDI arbitration Pascal Brindeau. The boss of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) group in the Senate, 68, has been acting in this position since the resignation, on October 20, of Jean-Christophe Lagarde, weakened by legal troubles. Mr. Lagarde had already stepped down from his duties after his defeat in the June legislative elections.

Pile-up on the RN12 in Lamballe with the ice

A pileup occurred Friday evening, at 10:20 p.m., on the RN12, near Lamballe, in the Brest-Rennes direction. Following the ice storm, nine vehicles and two heavy goods vehicles collided near the És Lan city interchange. Of the 14 people involved in the accident, only one, a 24-year-old woman, had to be rushed to hospital in Saint-Brieuc. The time of the intervention of the firefighters, the RN12 was closed on a portion going to the exchanger of the trout. Traffic was restored at 11:30 p.m. on a single lane. The situation returned to normal around 1 a.m.

At least one dead in the explosion of a building on the island of Jersey

One person is dead and “a dozen” others are missing after an explosion in a residential building in Jersey, police said in the Channel Island. “A dozen” residents of this building in St Helier (south of the island) are still missing, said local police chief Robin Smith, adding that a “big explosion” had taken place around 4 a.m. o’clock in the morning.

The Sacré-Coeur will be able to be classified as a historic monument

The Ministry of Culture has validated as expected the registration of the Sacré-Coeur, the basilica of Montmartre in Paris and one of the high places of world tourism, with historical monuments, just like the adjoining square Louise Michel. This classification is the culmination of a campaign started in 2011 by the City of Paris to protect its churches.

European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili arrested on suspicion of corruption by Qatar

Five people were arrested on Friday in Brussels, as part of an investigation by a financial judge on suspicion of “corruption” and “money laundering” within the European Parliament. These suspicions implicate Qatar. Among those arrested, we find the Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili, who is one of the vice-presidents of the assembly. For several months, Belgian investigators “suspect a Gulf country of influencing the economic and political decisions of the European Parliament, by paying substantial sums of money or by offering significant gifts to third parties with a political position and/or significant strategy” within this institution.



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