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Centenary of the founding of Northern Ireland, “more Irish than British”

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In this first press review of the week, Northern Ireland hit a century this Monday. Also on the program: regional elections with national resonance in India and French rugby which climbs on the roof of Europe. It is also World Press Freedom Day.

“Northern Ireland celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the reunification of its six counties in the United Kingdom, on May 3, 1921, with many concerns about its future, underlines the French daily The cross. A reunification of Ireland seems inevitable, although still a long way off. “The British newspaper The Guardian wonders if it is “a birthday to celebrate or just to ignore?”

In India, the English-speaking daily Hindustan Times highlights the victory of an opponent to the Prime Minister in a regional election in West Bengal. A result seen as a defeat for Narendra Modi in the midst of the murderous wave of Coronavirus. But as this squeaky-humorous drawing suggests, published by the Indian site Firstpost, what should count above all is the dramatic health situation that the country is going through.

“Toulouse and La Rochelle raise French rugby to the top of Europe”: it is in one of the Figaro. The two clubs will meet in the European Cup final on May 22 at Twickenham.

And then, on this World Press Freedom Day, the local daily The Marseillaise recalls that France is far from being well ranked.


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