Motions of censorship, new demonstrations... In the headlines this week

High-risk week for pension reform, start of the 2023 baccalaureate and visit of King Charles III to France… All the news this week.

By Valentin Dechambre for Le Point

Monday, March 20, at the National Assembly, motions of censure will be debated in the hemicycle.  (Illustrative photo).
Monday, March 20, in the National Assembly, motions of censure will be debated in the hemicycle. (Illustrative photo).

Rtreat. After the 49.3 used by Elisabeth Borne to have the pension reform adopted, the motions of censure, tabled by the independent group Liot and by elected officials from the National Rally (RN) will be debated and put to the vote of the National Assembly this Monday from 4 p.m., a conference of the presidents of the institution to give shortly before its final green light to the place. The motion tabled by the small group Libertés, Indépendants Outre-mer et Territoires (Liot) is “transpartisan” and co-signed by elected officials from Nupes. The latter is more likely to be voted by right-wing deputies unfavorable to pension reform than that of the RN. But the absolute majority bar to bring down the government seems difficult to achieve.

READ ALSOPensions: can Liot’s motion of censure pass?

Bac. More than 536,000 General and Technological Terminale students start Monday and for three days the 2023 baccalaureate session, with the specialty written tests, which are held for the first time in March and will count this year for the admission platform in Parcoursup higher education.

READ ALSOPension reform: Will the baccalaureate be hampered?

Rapport. Earth hasn’t been this hot in 125,000 years, but the current heatwaves, storms and deadly floods amplified by climate change could be just a taste of the world that humanity’s burning fossil fuels us prepare. This is what emerges from the 10,000 pages of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations, which has been meeting for a week in Switzerland. The final summary of its 6th evaluation cycle, nine years after the last, will be unveiled on Monday.

READ ALSOIPCC report: tools to stem global warming

Visit. Russia has promised the opening of a “new era” in its relations with China during a visit on Monday by Xi Jinping, who will meet with Vladimir Putin in particular about the conflict in Ukraine and military cooperation. Announced by Beijing and Moscow, Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia will take place from March 20 to 22, just over a year after the launch of the Russian offensive in Ukraine which led the Kremlin to reorient itself towards China, amid tensions with the West.

READ ALSOGérard Araud – Russia: Chinese tightrope walking

Arrest. Donald Trump assured that he was going to be “arrested” on Tuesday and called for demonstrations, before a possible indictment concerning a case of payment just before the presidential election of 2016, to buy the silence of a pornographic actress with whom he would have had a relationship. Such an arrest, or even his indictment in this case, would be a first for a former US president.

READ ALSODonald Trump at CPAC: “I will prevent World War III”

Young. Ramadan, the month of fasting, prayers and sharing for Muslims, should begin on Thursday. Proponents of scientific calculation, such as the French Council for Muslim Worship have already announced it. The Great Mosque of Paris which takes into account this calculation, but also the lunar observation, should confirm this date on Tuesday.

READ ALSOChristian Makarian – The thorny contrasts of Ramadan

Reduction. French cinemas are organizing their traditional Printemps du Cinéma until Tuesday, with a preferential rate in all theaters in the country, revised up to 5 euros due to rising costs. The price of this promotional operation had not been reviewed “for seven years”, underlined to AFP the general delegate of the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF), Marc-Olivier Sebbag. With this increase of 1 euro, the promotional price remains lower than the average price of a place sold in France (7.50 euros), he underlines. The same rate of 5 euros will apply to the Film Festival, from July 2 to 5.

Eau. Every year since 1993, World Water Day, held on March 22, highlights the importance of fresh water. It is coordinated by the United Nations and raises public awareness of the plight of people living without access to safe water, and the need for action to address the global water crisis.

READ ALSOThe real water scandal

Strike. The inter-union fighting against pension reform called for a ninth day of strikes and demonstrations on Thursday, March 23, after the government’s decision to resort to 49.3 to pass its bill. Denouncing a passage “in force”, the inter-union “measures with seriousness the responsibility that the executive bears in the social and political crisis which results from this decision, a real denial of democracy”, she writes in a press release.

READ ALSOPension reform: behind the anger, six years of contempt

Diplomacy. Joe Biden will travel to Canada on March 23 and 24 to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa and speak in front of the Canadian Parliament. The US president will reaffirm during this visit “the United States’ commitment to the United States-Canada partnership and will highlight (their) security, prosperity and common values”, said the spokesperson for the executive Karine Jean. -Rock.

READ ALSOGérard Araud – It should be Biden (except health problem)

Shift. Charles III will travel to France from March 26 to 29, for the first state visit of the British sovereign, the Elysée announced on Friday, which sees it as an illustration of “the depth of historical ties” between the two countries. This visit, “an honor done to France”, “also symbolizes the relationship of friendship and trust between” Emmanuel Macron and Charles III, argued the French presidency. Emmanuel Macron will preside over a state dinner at the Château de Versailles on March 27, in honor of Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla.

READ ALSOCharles III at Versailles: will he do better than Victoria in 1855?

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