a second round marked by the abstention and the shadow of the Covid-19

Participation in the second round of municipal elections this Sunday, June 28 has further decreased compared to the historical abstention rate recorded in the first round in March, marked by the coronavirus epidemic, according to the first figures released, while several polling stations have closed at 6 p.m.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

The Interior Ministry reports an attendance rate at noon of 15.29%, three points below what it was at the same time on March 15 (18.38%), but also 4, 5 points below that of the second round of municipal elections in 2014 (19.83%), and more than 8 points less compared to 2008 (23.68%).

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At 5 p.m., the participation rate was 34.67%, down compared to the first round at the same time when it was 38.77%. In 2014 in the second round, it was 54.72%.

The brand of Covid-19

This second round is organized with exceptional health precautions due to the Covid-19 epidemic: wearing of a mandatory mask at polling stations, hydroalcoholic gel and priority for vulnerable people to vote.

→ FIND the results of the second round of the 2020 municipal elections at 8 p.m.

The suspense is strong in some of the largest cities – Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Strasbourg, Lille … -, mainly under the pressure of environmentalists. In Le Havre, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who voted at 8:15 a.m., is also playing his future at Matignon.

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These municipal elections are held on the eve of a crucial sequence for President Emmanuel Macron, who voted around noon in Le Touquet before treating himself to a crowd, without a mask. The Head of State could, in the coming days, carry out a reshuffle and specify his stated intention to ” to reinvent oneself “ for the last two years of his mandate. As of Monday, he receives members of the Citizens’ Climate Convention at the Elysée Palace.

Meanwhile, voters were in no hurry at the polling stations, after a campaign mostly confined to social networks and the media. “There was too much time between the two rounds. People are outside this election “, sums up Elisabeth Revel, president of polling station 18 in Dijon.

Main innovation, of limited scope, to facilitate voting: the same proxy may have two proxies instead of one, to allow a larger number of people, especially the elderly, to vote without having to travel.

Big cities in the balance

Unlike other major cities, there is little uncertainty in Paris, where outgoing Anne Hidalgo (PS) contained its EELV partners in the first round by endorsing a resolutely green program itself. With around 44% of voting intentions, it is well ahead of its competitors LR Rachida Dati and LREM Agnès Buzyn.

For La République en Marche, the day of the vote is that of the end of the ordeal: few of its candidates are well placed and the low-cost campaign has hardly allowed them to make themselves known.

In Le Havre, Edouard Philippe is credited with 53% of voting intentions (Ifop). But the importance of the stake can mobilize the abstainers of the first round.

Right and left to confirm, the Greens to break through

Very weakened at the national level, the Socialist Party and The Republicans have recovered their health locally. The PS is able to keep its bastions – Paris, Nantes, Rennes, Dijon – and should return to the level it was in after the loss of very many cities in 2014.

The Republicans confirmed their establishment by winning in the first round many of the cities with more than 9,000 inhabitants they controlled. But a defeat in Marseille, which the right has held for 25 years, or in Toulouse, the fourth city of France, would have a strong political resonance.

Among the major challenges of this election: the EELV candidates, driven by the environmentalist wave, are targeting several large cities, including Grenoble, Lyon, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Besançon. For the Greens, who have long served as an auxiliary force, it is also a question of asserting themselves as the first on the left before the next electoral deadlines.

In Marseille, the second largest city in France, the left created surprise by leading the 1st round with the Marseille Spring coalition, followed by Martine Vassal (LR) who was dubbed by outgoing Jean-Claude Gaudin.

Emmanuel Macron’s main opponent at the national level, the Rassemblement national transfers its hopes to Perpignan after a mixed first round. If successful, it would be the first city of more than 100,000 inhabitants controlled by the party since 1995.

The municipal councilors, elected for six years, will then meet from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July to elect the mayors and their assistants.


The ” shadow of Stalin “, a truth that is undesirable

The shadow of Stalin**

Of Agnieszka Holland

Film british-Polish, 1: 59 pm

The name of Gareth Jones did not remain in the collective memory. Yet, this young journalist welsh, who has been foreign affairs advisor to the prime minister, Lloyd George is the first to be denounced as early as 1933, the Holodomor, the death by hunger of millions of people in the Ukraine, orchestrated by Stalin to finance the ” miracle of the soviet “. If it is forgotten, it is that his truth, denied at the time by the correspondents in Moscow, among them the respected Walter Duranty of the New York Times, it will be difficult to impose a view west that can still be seen in the socialist experiment and the hope of a more egalitarian society.

His story would have inspired Farm animals, famous fable anti-totalitarian George Orwell in which the farmer is a certain Mr. Jones (original title). This is the point of view developed by the director, who puts in parallel, in this historical thriller, the writing of the book and the incredible search for the truth of the young man played by James Norton. Come to Moscow with the naive hope to interview Stalin, Gareth Jones seeks answers to questions that nobody dares to ask in a country where everyone is closely monitored. They are going to drive it illegally to Ukraine, where he discovered, aghast, the drama in the process of development.

A page of history to the resonances of contemporary

The whole point of the film Agnieszka Holland is to highlight a page of history long obscured. ” There are still a lot of crimes committed by the communist regime to which we do not speak “defends the director of the Polish. And she does not hesitate to leave them in the realism the more raw. The atmosphere fleecy and stuffy which reigns in Moscow, followed by vast open spaces of the Ukraine snowy where in deserted villages, the corpses alongside orphans to fend for themselves and are reduced to cannibalism. A truth so blinding that it could not be admitted, and that the reporter, back in England, will become virtually crazy.

The know-how of Agnieszka Holland to tell a story is undeniable, as is his constant commitment against the excesses of totalitarian Russia of yesterday and today (she had signed in 1988, The plot on the murder of father Popieluszko). At the time of the fake news, and the post-truth, the adventure of Gareth Jones has the merit of sounding like the reminder of our blindness community. Too much try to force the feature, the film, however, lacks subtlety and is lost in a design that is a bit old-fashioned.


Daughter Pugacheva undressed for candid shooting

Grandson Of Alla Pugacheva Nikita Presnyakov for three years happily married. His wife Alena Krasnov is a rare beauty, what I am always convinced its followers of Instagram. Alena – model, often removed in photo shoots. Footage from the last shooting she decided to share on his page. The pictures were unexpectedly spicy: the 23-year-old wife Presnyakov posing in her panties, covering her Breasts a wide-brimmed hat.

– I am not given to display such pictures, but do not go for the sake of art, especially when on the scale of 6 kg during the quarantine – coyly said Alena.

Subscribers, however, no extra pounds in the pictures could not see: she looks slim, toned and very sexy. Beautiful photos of the couple appreciated and Nikita Presnyakov.

I nesoi directly to display such pictures, but do not go for the sake of art, especially when the scales -6 kg during the quarantine Thanks MoEI lubimoi @nastyaafed for such frames Which picture do you like best?

– Missed wife, of course – he wrote in the comments.

It is unknown whether saw Frank shooting the grandmother Nikita Alla, and what she said about spicy photo shoot Alena. “Alla is in shock,” just kidding followers. In the comments they throw a young wife Presnyakov compliments and I assure you that the photos look beautiful and brand does not matter.

– Life is a moment! While you are young and you have from God such beauty, let everyone look and envy! – said one of podeschi.

Alena posing Topless. Photo: Instagram.

Alena posing Topless. Photo: Instagram.

During the quarantine, Nikita and Alena lived in the suburban house, owned by Pugacheva. However, no matter Presnyakov Jr. sat In may he released the video for new single “Shadow” (Nikita, recall, lead singer of the Multiverse). The Prime Minister was supported by his famous grandmother, boasting talents grandson in social networks.

Last year Nikita Presnyakov became the hero of the program Lera Kudryavtseva “The secret to a million” the musician told the presenter about his family life quite intimate things – for example, about the first sex with his future wife. Nikita was the first love of Alena, which ended legal marriage. Pair got married after four years of relationship.

Fans pelted the wife of the grandson Pugacheva compliments. Photo: Instagram.

Fans pelted the wife of the grandson Pugacheva compliments. Photo: Instagram.

Nikita started Dating Alena Krasnova, when she was only 17 years old, she was still in school. Presnyakov waited two years for the moment when his girlfriend is ready for an intimate relationship. For a young lover Nikita, who is older than Alena for six years, voluntarily refused to have sex – he believed that they all must happen at the moment when the girl herself is ready for it.

– In terms of sex I waited until she said ready. Two years we suffered, – told the grandson Pugacheva. – I have a very big will power and if I put some goal, I achieve it, – said Nikita. – We with Alena for the first time it happened-planned, carefully and romantic. Alena was very nervous!

We are already a month in the country in isolation And this is definitely something there

Alain initially doubted his feelings for Nikita. It seemed to her that they all happen too fast. Besides her troubled six-year age difference. Grandson of Alla Pugacheva and his future wife met, that is, neighborly: villas their families are located nearby, Alena from a wealthy family. Like Nikita, his beloved was a creative soul: I was fond of gymnastics, dancing in the Studio Alla Brass “Todes” and studied at a music school.

Nikita also explained why he was in no hurry to do Dolly parton’s great grandmother: according to the musician, they Alena in no hurry to have children, because while I want to stand up and live for yourself.


PORTRAIT. Arié Elmaleh, a career in the shadow of Gad

The scene holds an important place in the life of Arié Elmaleh. After spending his youth in Casablanca, he attended the Rond-Point theater in Paris and the Studio in Asnières-sur-Seine. In 1993, the young man of only 18 years began on the boards in The Head of Others, by Marcel Aymé.

Subsequently, he played Sophocles, Molière, Shakespeare or Ionesco. And even occurs with his companions in the city. In Irresistible, in 2007, with Virginie Ledoyen, then in The parakeet, in 2017, a comedy on married life, with Barbara Schulz, met on the set of Mystery of the lake (TF1). “The couple is a gold mine. We are told that after the play, the show continues at home for part of the audience! “, he confided to Figaro.

Irresistible in “He already has your eyes”

The small screen succeeds, especially since The trainee, with Michèle Bernier, on France 3, series in which he played an examining magistrate “A little psycho, up to the endian like me”, he liked to joke then – he who made a Deug of law and would rather have seen himself a lawyer.

Present in the credits of You will live my daughter or H24, he recently triggered hilarity at each of his appearances in He already has your eyes, on France 2, where he embodied the little barred godfather of little Benjamin. We finally find him tonight in the shoes of a commander of the SRPJ of Bordeaux for Murders in Corrèze, on France 3, a character willingly ironic.

In “Chouchou” with Gad in 2003

Comedy is thus omnipresent in his professional life – What is this family? ! and What is this granny? ! by Gabriel Julien-Laferrière, success at the box office. But he doesn’t collaborate much with his brother Gad – they shared the poster of Pet in 2003 !

A common project has however been under discussion for years. Nevertheless, the agreement is good. We regularly see Arié with his family at the premieres of his brother’s shows. And, if the notoriety of the cadet is less, he does not hold it against his elder. “People are more and more interested in telling me about myself. But it still pursues me a little. I was told recently, “I really like what you do, especially your brother!” “, he evokes, amused.

Murders in Corrèze, at 9:05 p.m., Saturday May 2, on France 3


War in the shadow of the coronavirus in Libya

The appeals of Germany, France, Italy and the High Representative of the European Union to a “Humanitarian truce” in Libya during Ramadan does not change anything. The struggle for power continues between the forces of Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya, and those of the Government of National Union (GNA), based in Tripoli.

400,000 displaced in one year

Since Marshal Haftar launched his offensive on Tripoli just over a year ago, the conflict has displaced approximately 400,000 people. “We now have a perfect storm, an escalating conflict, directly fueled by external parties; a burgeoning proxy war, “ said acting UN Special Representative Stephanie Williams on Thursday April 23.

“We have divided institutions, dysfunction, corruption and a struggling economy”, added the American diplomat. “Since the blockade imposed in mid-January, the country has lost at least $ 4 billion in oil revenues. And, not least, the Covid-19 pandemic adds to a decimated health infrastructure. “

Turkey-backed GNA forces score

For several weeks, the GNA forces, supported by Turkey, have scored points. An offensive allowed them to take control of six coastal cities, including Surman, Sabratha and Al-Ajilat. The GNA is also maintaining pressure on Wattiya air base in western Libya.

To the east of Tripoli, GNA forces continue to surround Tarhuna, the fortress city of pro-Haftar forces, 65 km southeast of Tripoli. ” The Turks proceed methodically with a clear strategy based on the technology of their drones to cut their supply lines, from Bani Walid to Tarhuna and from Tarhuna to the south of Tripoli “Analyzes Jalel Harchaoui, researcher at the Clingendael Institute and specialist in Libya. On the defensive, pro-Haftar forces responded by intensifying their bombardments on the suburbs south of the Libyan capital.

Arms deliveries and influx of mercenaries

Violations of the UN arms embargo continue to the benefit of both sides. The United Arab Emirates replenishes Marshal Haftar’s arms and ammunition by air at eastern Libyan airports. Turkey delivers arms by ship to Misrata and Tripoli. Libya has become a field of experimentation for new weapons systems deployed in urban areas, such as the flamethrower bazooka, used by pro-Haftar forces in the southern suburbs of Tripoli and suicide drones exploding on impact. Each camp now has Syrian fighters, added to the Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries present in the pro-Haftar ranks, without forgetting the Russian paramilitaries of the Wagner group.

Nothing seems to stop this race to the bottom. Marshal Haftar asked his two main sponsors, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, to strengthen his arsenal and his workforce. Still looking for a military victory, the eastern strongman is looking for additional pilots and mercenaries to launch his counterattack south of Tripoli.


Atomic Veterans of America – NBC Connecticut

The enemy Hank Bolden
faced did not come from a distant front line.

It came from the skies.

It’s a battle that’s still going on 65 years later. Bolden, who is now 82 years old, is an atomic veteran – one of hundreds of thousands of American service members used in human testing by the United States government during post-WWII nuclear tests and sworn to a secret life.

“They wanted to see how the living soldiers would resist the exposure
to radiation, ”recalls Bolden. “Before using live soldiers they were using
mannequins. But you don’t get real results using mannequins as you would
live bodies. “


While accompanying a friend to a New Haven recruiting station in 1953, Bolden was invited to join the army. At just 16 years old then and already out of high school, he admits that he “pulled down” his birth certificate to move to the age of 18, joining the approximately 200,000 underage soldiers who would have served during the Second World War and the eras of the Korean War.

After basic training in
Fort Dix was assigned to work as a tank mechanic in Texas before moving to Texas
California and becoming a surface-to-air missile mechanic.

Despite an executive order issued in July
26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman to desegregate the armed forces, the last one
the all black units of the army were not abolished until 1954. And in 1955, Bolden
he says, racist attitudes persist even after the units have been racially integrated.

“The residual thoughts of people were firm
linger, “he says.” My outfit was 800 people strong. Thirteen of us were
black. Ten were from the South, who were more tolerant of treatment
they got racially. But the three of us from the North couldn’t tolerate it,
so I have had many fights over this. So I was the guy they wanted
get rid of.”

It would not be the only race
discrimination Bolden would witness as a soldier.


In 1955, the seventeen year old
he was suddenly ordered to the Nevada desert without explanation.

“They don’t tell you what you’re going to face,” he said. “Nobody
they knew what they were going to face. ”

What he would eventually face was a classified operation known as Operation Teapot at the Nevada Test Site. In a series of 14 bomb throws, or “hits”, military officials tried to test the effects of nuclear bombs on structures and strategies, animals and people.

All races of military personnel
participated in the Teapot operation. But upon arrival in Nevada, Bolden was
astounded to accomplish all the other soldiers in his new specially selected unit
for a mysterious assignment they were also black.

“There was this myth about black people
be able to resist, tolerate certain things more than any other race “, he
He says. “So it was a test on that too.”


One morning in February, Bolden
the unit was ordered in a desert trench. Unbeknownst to them, it was excavated
the expected route of the fallout, only 2.8 miles away from what it would have become
ground zero for the launch of an atomic bomb.

Even though a countdown sounded on the speakers, Bolden says, the soldiers still had no idea what they were about to face. Without protective gear in addition to the normal fabrics and helmets, they waited and looked.

“They tell you to cover your eyes”
he says.

On February 18, 1955, Shot Wasp, the first nuclear test of Operation Teapot, detonated a Mark 6 nuclear bomb dropped by a B-36 exactly at noon. A monstrous cloud of mushrooms filled the sky, reaching 21,500 feet in height.

“With radiation, when you put your arms over your eyes or hands, you actually see the bones, you see the bones in your body from the exposure. You can see your skeleton. “

After the relapse the warning came.

“You swore not to speak
“said Bolden. The soldiers were threatened with imprisonment and fines for violation
The oath.

For 60 years, Bolden didn’t tell anyone. No this
family, not his wife, not his children. Not even her doctors when she spies on her
tumors have started to show. He developed bladder and posterior subcapsular cancer
cataract and in 1990 multiple myeloma was diagnosed.

“They actually gave me three and a half years
four years to live, ”recalls Bolden.
So in 1995 I should have been a statistic. “

But in 1995, Bolden was in remission. He is a citizen
the secret was coming to light.


Government figures estimate between 400,000 and 550,000 US military personnel who participated in a series of nuclear tests between 1946 and 1992. According to the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, this includes post occupation forces -Second World War of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, prisoners of war in Japan at the end of the Second World War, participants in the atmospheric nuclear tests in Nevada and the Pacific from 1945 to 1962 and participants in the underground nuclear tests in Nevada from 1951 to 1992.

Many of these “atomic veterans” have succumbed before their own
the stories have become public, their bodies are full of tumors. In
1990, the veil of secrecy began to lift.

After setting up the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments to investigate 10-year experiments, President Clinton made a formal apology to American atomic veterans on October 3, 1995. By order of the president, Congress would repeal the nuclear radiation agreement law. and secrecy, allowing atomic veterans to talk about their experiences without fear of fines or treason charges. And financial compensation has been opened to all qualified atomic veterans.

“Those who led the government when these decisions were made are no longer here to take responsibility for what they have done. They are not here to apologize to survivors, family members or their communities whose lives have been overshadowed by shadow of these choices So today, on behalf of another generation of American leaders and another generation of American citizens, the United States of America offers sincere apologies to those of our citizens who have undergone these experiments. the government is wrong, we have a moral responsibility to admit it, “said President Bill Clinton on October 3, 1995

But the television address has been obscured. The same happened
day when OJ Simpson’s verdict was issued in a live classroom feed, taking
on televisions and news cycles across America.

As a result, many skilled veterans had no idea of ​​the ban
the secrecy had been lifted, nor that they could claim benefits. Bolden no
find out until he researched the Internet, he says, in 2015.

“I was once so angry and so aggravating with the government that I thought I would be murdered to keep me from talking,” he says.

When Bolden attempted to apply for subsidies, he found that the burden of proof was placed on his fellow atomic veterans. The government would give compensation from the date a complaint was filed, but not retroactively, and only if the veteran could prove that he had participated in the tests – which proved to be an almost impossible task after millions of military documents were destroyed in a 1973 fire against the National Staff Registration Center. As many as 18 million documents were burned, including 80% of all army personnel discharged between 1912 and 1960.

“They hoped for it
would have died sooner or would have been one of those guys who surrendered ”
says Anthony Bolden, Hank’s son. “No thanks. Hank doesn’t have it.”

After paying her
own pocket for a polygraph lie detector pouch, Hank eventually claimed
approved, setting a precedent for other atomic veterans whose records were

Photo: Hidden story: the atomic veterans of America

Hit a high note

“The love of music has
I’ve always been there. “

After his honorable discharge
from the army, Bolden went to work as an engineer before deciding to pursue a
career as a jazz musician who works while his family grows. Tell the story
while cradling the tenor saxophone that has been at his side since 1967. The “Rolls
Royce “of tools, he says.

The brand is Selmer. IS
in a strange coincidence, the model is a 6 sign. It is the same name as the shot
Wasp atomic bomb design.

But this is where the
the similarities end. The bomb was his nightmare. Music, his dream and his
outlet to work through the trauma of what lived in Nevada

“It’s like the blood inside
my veins. It takes away all my other thoughts, “he says

Bolden is finally
he receives compensation from the government and is now using it to help make his dream come true.
He returned to school, studying jazz performances at Hartt University of Hartford

“They are like the relic
here with all these kids, you know, “he chuckles.

Professor Javon Jackson
says that the 82-year-old is leaving a unique mark on the prestigious program.

“He has a lot of emotion,” says Jackson. “He is a very bluesy, very full of feeling, a natural player. His life, wisdom and the things he has acquired allow him to play the way it sounds.”


The vast majority of
Today, the American atomic veterans of the atmospheric test era are gone. About
400,000 veterans were present during these tests, according to the veterans
Administration. Survivors’ numbers vary, from around 10,000 to 80,000
still alive.

Bolden believes he is one of only two surviving African American atomic veterans who are recognized and receive compensation from the government. He is on a mission to reach as many survivors as possible and help them request the long-awaited recognition and compensation.

And he’s sharing his story, he says, to make sure the plight of American atomic veterans is no longer ignored.

“When people like me pass by, this won’t be part of the story unless someone makes sure it’s kept alive.”