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Briec slaughterhouse, covid-19 in India, journalist kidnapped: midday update

Briec slaughterhouse under investigation after L214 revelations

The animal rights association L214 broadcast on Tuesday evening images of brutalized and dying animals in the slaughterhouse of the Société briécoise d’Attage (SBA), in Briec, in Finistère, calling for a generalized audit of all slaughterhouses in France. “L214 asks the Minister of Agriculture for a new generalized audit of all slaughterhouses in France”, indicates in a statement the association which regularly publishes “shock” videos to denounce the conditions of breeding and slaughter of animals. “The filmed images […] and broadcast today by L214 are shocking “, reacted in a statement the management of the slaughterhouse, saying to have” decided, as a precautionary measure, to temporarily suspend the production line concerned, pending the conclusions of the various audits and internal investigations which were immediately dispatched, in conjunction with the health authorities ”. An investigation has been opened. For his part, the prefecture of Finistère denied information according to which no follow-up had been given to the anomalies noted following an inspection report of the veterinary services of the DDPP of Finistère dated April 21, 2016. [Plus d’infos]

India injects billions to fight coronavirus

India, where the outbreak of the pandemic has claimed more than 20 million cases, has released $ 6.7 billion in loans to help its suffocated health sector. India has counted 3,780 deaths and 382,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. The Asian giant has reached more than 222,000 deaths and nearly 20.3 million infections since the start of the pandemic, a toll that some experts consider largely undervalued. This second wave of covid-19 is attributed in particular to religious and political gatherings authorized in recent months, as well as to the inaction of the government of Narendra Modi. [La crise sanitaire en direct]


Mali: a French journalist kidnapped by a jihadist group

A French journalist, Olivier Dubois, collaborator of various media, claims to have been kidnapped in early April in Mali by jihadists affiliated with Al-Qaeda, in a video of undetermined origin circulating on social networks. An official at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris confirmed to AFP the “disappearance” of Olivier Dubois. In a short video of about twenty seconds, Olivier Dubois explains that he was kidnapped on April 8 in Gao (north) by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM, or Jnim in Arabic), the main jihadist alliance in Sahel led by Malian Iyad Ag Ghaly. [Plus d’infos]

Olivier Dubois. Screenshot of the video circulating on social networks. (AFP)

Non-road diesel: Public Works call for demonstrations on May 28

The issue of non-road diesel (GNR) returns to the forefront of the news. The public works sector is again ready to mobilize on May 28. In question, the non-respect, according to the professionals, of the commitments of the government on the installation of a new fuel. “If necessary, we will block the oil depots again in June,” warns Norbert Guillou, the Morbihan president of the National Chamber of Craftsmen of Public Works and Landscape (CNATP), who says “he has no other choice to ensure the future of our businesses. It is a shame today to have to demonstrate to enforce a law passed in December 2019 ”.

Briec slaughterhouse, covid-19 in India, journalist kidnapped: midday update
(Archives Julien Boitel)


France commemorates 200 years of Napoleon’s death

Emmanuel Macron commemorates this Wednesday the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon, an anniversary that revives controversies around this complex and essential figure in the history of France. On May 5, 1821, the Emperor died at the age of 51 far from his family and his country in Saint Helena, a lost island in the South Atlantic where the British sent him into exile after his last defeat, in Waterloo. 200 years later, Emmanuel Macron will lay a wreath in the afternoon at the foot of his tomb, under the majestic dome of the Invalides. Just before, the Head of State will deliver a speech at the Institut de France to “look in the face” this “complex being” that was Napoleon, by being “neither in hagiography, nor in denial, nor in repentance ”, indicates the Elysee.

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