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In the headlines, Friday, December 2: in Qatar, Morocco and Croatia qualified for the round of 16 on Thursday, while Belgium were eliminated in the pools. Elsewhere, concern is growing in France over possible power shortages and in war-torn kyiv the nightlife continues.
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Will we have enough electricity this winter? The French press remains dubious about the energy saving measures recommended by the government in a circular sent to the prefects. Le Figaro title “The great fear of January”, in reference to possible power cuts, for two hours, in the event of peak consumption. “Who would have thought that the nuclearized France of the 21st century would be plunged into darkness, for lack of energy?” Asks the editorial, which is quite severe on the French energy policies authorized for thirty years. On his side, The cross, recalls that France is again becoming a net importer of electricity, which had not happened for 42 years. French electricity will come partly from Germany where electricity is mainly produced by coal-fired power stations. Bad news for the environment.
“In kyiv, life and celebration despite everything”, title The Parisian. How to party when you are young in a country at war? “Going out is a way of resisting. […] This is our freedom, our way of life” explains Natalya, 24. But how long will this last? For Alain Frachon, of World, the solution can only come from two actors: Ukraine and Russia. Except that the demands of each are unacceptable to the other. Hence this title, “the impossible negotiation” and the risk of having a war that stretches over several months.
Shock wave in Qatar! Belgium and Germany are eliminated in the first round of the competition. The Free Belgium speaks of a new disillusion after this umpteenth elimination. After 2014 and 2018, Belgium still does not manage to take the plunge. The evening, he sees it as the end of a cycle for this golden generation. Especially since this defeat rings the glass for several executive players, in particular for the coach, Roberto Martinez, who announced his resignation. “Katarstrophe”, title for its part the Morgenpost, after another elimination in the group stage of the Mannschaft. In 2014, Germany were crowned world champions, especially after a prestigious victory against Brazil in the semi-finals. It all seems so far away now.
Smiles, there are, on the other hand, in Morocco after the qualification of the Atlas Lions for the 8th finals. “Stratospheric Lions of the Atlas”, title Today Morocco. Next challenge against Spain.