G7, Amazon, rugby … The six information that should not be missed this weekend

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You have not followed the news? In fact, it's hard to blame you. But let us help you catch up by summarizing the six key facts that have marked Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.

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Meeting of G7 Heads of State and Government in Biarritz, Sunday 25 August.
Meeting of G7 Heads of State and Government in Biarritz, Sunday 25 August. Jean-Claude Coutausse for Le Monde

For two days, the leaders of the G7 (United States, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Canada) met in Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). With an unexpected last-minute guest: the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, arrived Sunday afternoon in the French territory. The latter met with the head of the French diplomacy to make a point on the thorny subject of the Iranian nuclear, but did not meet the American delegation.

The Seven also addressed Sunday:

  • the question of the Amazon plagued by thousands of fires for several weeks causing a global outcry against the policy of the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro.
  • the trade war between Beijing and Washington, which does not "cause tensions", according to Trump
  • the possibility of a reformation of the G8, with the return of Russia, dismissed since the Ukrainian crisis

Throughout the weekend, a counter G7 was also organized by anti-globalization associations. Several events were organized, including a Sunday "For climate and social justice", brandishing some of the 128 portraits of President Macron unhooked for months in town halls. Saturday, 68 protesters were arrested, including 38 placed in custody.

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Back to the wall, Jair Bolsonaro finally gave in to the pressure on Friday night. The latter announced the emergency mobilization of the army, by decree, to fight against fires in the Amazon. However, many experts doubt the military's ability to control fires and denounce a " para os ingleses ver "(" to satisfy the English "), That is, to" save appearances ".

According to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), hundreds of new forest fires were raging Saturday. Between Thursday and Friday, the institute reported 1,663 new fires.

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Weekends follow each other and are similar in the Chinese semi-autonomous territory. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in the rain on Sunday before marching through the streets of Hong Kong where other gatherings were being planned. But for the first time in three months of crisis, the police used water cannons against the crowd, and a policeman fired at least once with real bullet, without making a victim.

The protesters still have five fundamental demands, including the total abandonment of the extradition bill to China, the resignation of the chief of the executive, Carrie Lam, and an investigation into the use of force by police.

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It was a concerto of lost balloons, missed passes and other false notes on both sides, with, finally, a defeat of the XV of France (17-14) against a team of Scotland yet hardly exciting. A disappointing result, fruit of a game just as uncomfortable. Problem: there remains only a test-match at this XV of France to break loose before the World Cup and its planned debut against Argentina (21 September). Ultimate possibility of assembly in a week against Italy, Friday, August 30, in Saint-Denis.

Relive the match: Rugby: the XV of France bows in Scotland (17-14)

"It's always there with us and we want to go back there. " On Sunday, 200,000 Rohingyas, children, veiled women and men dressed in loincloths converged on a peaceful rally in the largest refugee camp in the world, in Bangladesh. This stateless minority, in exile for two years after a massive operation of repression of the Burmese army, wishes to return to live in Burma under three conditions: to have guarantees as to their security, to obtain Burmese nationality and to be able to return to their villages.

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Their motto: "Unteilbar" (indivisible). Ten thousand people were expected Saturday, August 24 in Dresden, Saxony, for a major protest against racism. These are finally 35 000 people, according to the organizers who gathered in this stronghold of the German far right. A strong symbol, held at a week of long-awaited elections in this region of the former GDR, where the far-right party AfD is credited with more than 20% of the vote.

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