Russians are no longer allowed into the Château de Vincennes in France

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View of the Vincennes castle

Due to the events in Ukraine, Russian citizens have been restricted access to the Château de Vincennes, the French Defense Ministry told AFP.

Vincennes— the largest royal fortified castle preserved in France. It was built in the 14th & 17th centuries. This castle is located in the commune of Vincennes in the eastern suburbs of Paris. It houses the headquarters of the Historical Defense Service of France, which is responsible for the management of military archives.

Tours are held in the castle— for security reasons, tourists are allowed inside with identification documents. Visitors can also access archival documents, but for this they must register on the website of this service and reserve the necessary documents in advance.

The castle is administered by both the Ministry of Culture (the building has been given the status of a historical monument) and the Ministry of Defense (because it is responsible for the historical defense service) of France.

As explained to the agency in the French Ministry of Defense, the Russians were limited access to the “military premises of the ministry” after the events in Ukraine. At the same time, they added that exceptions could be made for “requests regarding the work of journalists.”

According to AFP, two Russian women were denied entry to the Château de Vincennes in late July . One of the girls said that the guard at the metal detector asked her to show her passport, after which he said that she could not visit the castle.

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The lawyer announced the sending of the Russian Vinnik from France to Greece

The defense believes that Vinnik from Greece will immediately be handed over to the United States. Earlier, the States withdrew their request for his extradition sent to France. The Russian himself asked to be extradited to Russia

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Russian Alexander Vinnik was sent from France to Greece, lawyer Frederic Belo told RBC.

Earlier on August 4, the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal ruled on the extradition process of Vinnik to the United States. She granted the prosecutor's request to invalidate the request for extradition to the United States and to release Vinnik from extradition arrest, the lawyer said.

Belo believes that Vinnik will immediately be transferred from Greece to the United States in pursuance of the decision of the Minister of Justice of Greece, issued in 2019. The Russian will be sent to San Francisco, as it was the local court that issued the original arrest warrant, he explained.

Vinnik was arrested in July 2017 in Greece at the request of the United States. He was suspected of creating the BTC-e crypto exchange and laundering $4 billion through it. In addition to the United States and France, Russia sought the extradition of Vinnik, to the authorities of which he admitted in 2018 to embezzlement of 750 million rubles. Vinnik stated that he wanted a “voluntary” extradition to Russia.

In January 2020, Greece extradited Vinnik to France. There he is suspected of identity theft and extortion. The authorities of this country sentenced him to five years in prison.

The term of imprisonment ended on June 30, but the Russian was not allowed to leave the prison. According to Belo, extradition to Greece was planned for the same day: “Thus, at the moment when Vinnik was supposed to be released, he was again under arrest pending extradition.” The Russians were then to be handed over to the United States. However, the ECHR refused France to extradite Vinnik to Greece.

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The Netherlands and France warned of water shortages due to record heat

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In most municipalities in the Netherlands and France, there is a shortage of fresh water due to record heat, the authorities have introduced a special regime, which, among other things, provides for reduced water consumption. This is reported by BFMTV and Dutch News, citing statements by the authorities.

In particular, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Resources of the Netherlands, Mark Harbers, said that “drought has led to the fact that national needs exceed the volumes of water entering the country by rivers and as a result of rains.

According to him, this situation will continue for a certain period, which means that new measures for the distribution of fresh water may be introduced in the near future. The minister also urged people to “thoroughly think about whether they should wash their car or completely fill the inflatable pool.”

The first level of danger, indicating an expected shortage of water, was introduced in the country on July 13, according to Dutch News. Now the danger has been raised to the second level, which means the actual shortage.

In France, due to the drought, a special regime was also introduced, it affected all 96 mainland departments of the country. The first level of warning includes limiting the cleaning of roads, sidewalks, watering green spaces, as well as reducing household water consumption. Currently, another 10-day wave of hot weather is expected in the country, BFMTV clarifies.

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Abnormal heat in recent weeks has been recorded in most of Western Europe: in particular, in Portugal it reached 46.3 degrees, and in Spain up to 42 degrees. In Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, the heat has led to strong forest fires. Experts attribute what is happening to climate change.

The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) urged travelers who plan trips to Europe to be more careful due to record heat in some countries and take into account possible disruptions in transport and tourist infrastructure .

Earlier, the main department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Moscow also reported that from August 3 to 6, the temperature in Moscow would rise to 30-33 degrees Celsius. “According to Roshydromet weather forecasters, in the daytime hours of August 3 & 6, intense heat is expected in Moscow with a maximum air temperature of 30 & ndash; 33 ° C & mdash; says the department's emergency warning.

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Rotaru’s grandson ended up in France after escaping from Ukraine

The grandson of the singer Sophia Rotaru Anatoly Evdokimenko published a photo on his social networks, judging by which he is not in Ukraine, but in France.

The picture posted by the grandson of Rotaru shows The Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The media reported earlier that a group of nine people was detained at the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, including the son and grandson of Sophia Rotaru Ruslan and Anatoly Evdokimenko. They were detained near the city of Mogilev-Podolsky for trying to illegally cross the state border of Ukraine.

The artist Sofia Rotaru and her family have not yet commented on the departure of Anatoly Evdokimenko from Ukraine.

Earlier, actor Oscar Kuchera denied showman Alexander Revva's emigration to Spain.

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France launched an investigation into the assets of Russian businessmen

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The building of the National Financial Prosecutor's Office of France

The French National Financial Prosecutor's Office launched a preliminary investigation into the assets of Russian businessmen in the country, Le Parisien reported.

The prosecutor's office will study under what conditions entrepreneurs were able to accumulate “significant real estate assets” in France.

According to the department, the investigation was launched on July 1 by the Central Office for Combating Major Financial Crimes. The case was opened after a complaint filed in Paris at the end of May by the anti-corruption non-governmental organization Transparency International (its Russian branch was recognized by the Russian Ministry of Justice as an NGO-foreign agent). “Entrepreneurs and high-ranking officials” suspected of money laundering, TASS clarifies.

From late February to mid-July, the European Union froze the assets of Russian businessmen, individuals and legal entities that fell under sanctions, in the amount of €13.8 billion, said European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders. According to him, most of this amount— «12.7 billion accounted for by six countries: Germany, Ireland and France, as well as Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg, while other EU countries «report only very small amounts».

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, compared the restrictive measures imposed against entrepreneurs to the inquisition and warned that Western authorities would face a large number of lawsuits because of their desire to abolish ownership of Russian businesses.

A number of Russian businessmen who fell under the sanctions have already challenged this decision in the EU court. Among them — Roman Abramovich, Petr Aven, Mikhail Fridman, Alexei Mordashov and Alisher Usmanov. According to Friedman, Western countries, when imposing restrictions, do not understand “how power in Russia actually works,” while the distance between the Russian leadership and anyone else is “like the distance between the Earth and space.”

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France declares orange weather alert for several regions

“Orange” The level of weather danger has been announced in 38 departments of France due to intense heat, the national meteorological service Meteo-France reported.

According to weather forecasts, the heat will not subside in the coming days. In areas of the south-east of France on Sunday the air temperature will reach 40 degrees Celsius. It will exceed 30 degrees across the country.

Thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday, which, according to meteorologists, can put an end to this emergency.

Note that abnormal heat is observed in other countries of Europe. In Spain, more than 230 people died in five days due to hot weather.

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The head of the Ministry of Economy of France urged to prepare for the cessation of gas supplies

Bruno Le Maire called it “most likely” that Russia would refuse to supply gas to Europe. Previously, similar concerns were expressed in Germany after Moscow announced the suspension of Nord Stream for two weeks for scheduled maintenance

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French Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire urged to prepare for the fact that Russia is completely cut off the gas. His words are quoted by Politico.

“Let's get ready for a complete cessation of Russian gas supplies. As of today, this is most likely, — Le Maire said.

He added that the government would determine which companies would receive support first in the event of gas supply disruptions. In addition, it remains to be decided which companies should and should not reduce their energy consumption.

Concerns about Russia's possible refusal to supply gas were expressed earlier in Germany, after the Russian side reduced the volume of pumping through the Nord Stream gas pipeline. and announced the suspension from 11 to 21 July of deliveries for routine maintenance. In particular, such a possibility was not ruled out by the Minister of Economics and the head of the Federal Network Agency of Germany, Klaus Müller. The authorities urged to save gas wherever possible. The country has an emergency warning regime due to the situation with gas. In response to Berlin's fears, the Kremlin assured that “Russia is very, very careful about its reputation, towards the reputation of a responsible supplier.”

In mid-June, Gazprom reduced the volume of gas pumped through Nord Stream; to Germany, first up to 100 million cubic meters. m of fuel per day from 167 million cubic meters. m, and then— up to 67 million cubic meters m, referring to the untimely return of the turbine from repair. The Siemens Energy engine is based in Montreal. Its return to Russia was delayed due to sanctions imposed by Canada.

Ultimately, the Canadian authorities decided to send the turbine first to Germany, and then, as Reuters reported, Germany would transfer it to Gazprom.

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The Kremlin rejects “any hints” to the fact that Russia uses oil and gas “as a weapon of political pressure”, claiming that it is fulfilling its obligations and “still able to guarantee the complete energy security of Europe”.

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The Foreign Ministry accused France of violating the secrecy of the talks between Putin and Macron

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France violated the confidentiality of President Emmanuel Macron's talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This was stated by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova in the program “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov”, TASS reports.

“When calls are made at the highest level, this, of course, is a confidential story. It turned out that a couple of months ago, when Macron called the President of Russia, the entire conversation was recorded by a journalistic camera with journalists who were sitting and filming it all, — she said.

On June 30, France 2 TV channel premiered a documentary film about the Elysee Palace directed by Guy Lagache. The picture was called “President, Europe and War”. It tells about Macron's attempts to reduce tensions around Ukraine, including through a conversation with Putin on February 20— four days before the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

The publication Le Temps published a transcript of the negotiations between the presidents a few days before the release of the film. During the call, Putin accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of lying about preparing to implement the Minsk agreements. Macron reaffirmed his commitment to the opinion that they must be carried out.

“Listen, Emmanuel, I don't understand what your problem is with the separatists. At least they did everything necessary, at our insistence, to start a constructive dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities,— then said the Russian president.

The presidents then argued about the right of the “separatists” to draw up a roadmap on the situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which, under the Minsk agreements, were to be considered by the authorities of Ukraine.

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Later, the French leader invited Putin to hold a meeting of all parties to the Ukrainian conflict. The Russian president promised to study the proposal after the conversation.

In addition, Macron asked Putin to “calm down” their troops near the border with Ukraine. The Russian leader promised that the military exercises would end on the evening of February 20, but indicated that the troops would remain at the border until the situation in Donbass was resolved.

During the conversation, the French president conveyed to his Russian counterpart the words of US leader Joe Biden that that he is ready to meet in Geneva in the next few days.

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Why the results of the parliamentary elections in France were compared to an earthquake

The coalition of the left and the party of Marine Le Pen became the triumphs of the last parliamentary elections in France, and the presidential coalition “Together!” did not receive an absolute majority.

Why Mélenchon and Le Pen rejoice

On Monday, June 20, the results of the parliamentary elections were summed up in France. They went through two rounds, on June 12 and 19. 577 deputies of the lower house are elected in majoritarian districts, and in order to win, the applicant must gain a majority (in total, 6293 candidates were registered). As a result of the elections, the “Together!” coalition, which supports President Emmanuel Macron, received the largest number of mandates (245) in the National Assembly. It includes the Renaissance party created by Macron; (formerly Forward Republic!), the centrist Democratic Movement and the centre-right Horizons and “Act.” However, this is not an absolute majority, as in the parliament of the outgoing convocation, where the coalition had 350 seats immediately after the 2017 elections (however, then their number was reduced to 267).

The recently elected President of France lost his absolute majority in parliament for the first time since 1988, Reuters calculated.

Government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire, on the RMC-BFM radio station, said that the coalition was counting on better results, but even in this situation, the results cannot be considered a defeat for Macron: “The French have voted in elections four times in recent months and each time gave first place to the presidential bloc.” ;,— Grégoire explained, referring to the presidential elections that also took place in the spring in two rounds.

The second in terms of the number of mandates was the union of the left parties “New People's Ecological and Social Union”; (NUPES)— 131 places. It includes the party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who came third in the spring presidential election, France Insubordinate, as well as the socialists, the Greens. and communists. Mélenchon called the loss of former positions by the presidential coalition a victory.

Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally party came third for the first time, with a record number of votes and 89 seats. This significantly exceeds the party's position in the previous parliament, where it had only eight seats. “This group will certainly be the largest in the history of our political family,” — Le Pen said on Sunday, promising her supporters that she will defend the party's line on immigration and security (she proposes to limit the first and strengthen the second).

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Right-wing “Republicans” won 61 seats in the elections. According to The New York Times, this party— one of the main candidates for partners of the presidential bloc, capable of giving an “active majority”, but in this case, “Together!” concessions will have to be made and Macron will be much more dependent on his centrist allies than during his first term.

What the election results mean for Macron

The change in the balance of power in parliament means that Macron will not be able to carry out the planned reforms, relying only on his supporters: the success of the initiatives will depend on his ability to rally moderate forces outside the alliance. “There is nothing worse than adding disorder in France to disorder throughout the world,” — he said before the second round.

Melenchon has already promised that the second place of his coalition will allow him to block all Macron's initiatives. Moreover, on July 5, the left plans to put forward a vote of no confidence in the head of state in parliament. However, even in alliance with Le Pen, they will not have enough votes to carry it through. The prospect of changing the prime minister also looks unrealistic. After the re-election, Macron appointed Elisabeth Born as head of government, in the parliamentary elections she was re-elected in her constituency. Considering this and the overall result of the party, the second woman prime minister in the history of France is likely to retain her post.

Nevertheless, French newspapers and members of the government describe the election results as a shock to the ruling forces. Finance Minister Bruno Le Mer called them a “democratic shock”. If other parties do not cooperate with the pro-presidential alliance, he said, “it will block our ability to reform and protect the French,” Reuters reports.

“Result” risk for our country in the light of the challenges we face, — Born said. According to her, from Monday, work will begin “on the creation of an active majority” capable of working effectively on legislation.

The economic publication Les Echos compared the election results to an earthquake.

The situation for the president is difficult, but not catastrophic, Sergey Fedorov, a leading researcher at the Department of Social and Political Research at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, commented to RBC, although the loss of an absolute majority in the National Assembly by the presidential coalition will certainly make it difficult to pass presidential initiatives through the lower house. Fedorov is also of the opinion that the most likely allies of Vmeste! Republicans may be able to provide the missing 44 seats for an absolute majority, since “many of them are already close enough to the Macron camp.” However, such an alliance may raise the question of the Republican Party’s own political face, which is already in a “foggy position”, the expert stipulates.

Speaking of the extreme measures that Macron can take, Fedorov notes the president’s right dissolve the Parliament according to Art. 12 of the Constitution. In this case, repeated elections will be scheduled, but there is a risk that the results of the president’s supporters will be even more unsatisfactory: “Perhaps in the future, if it becomes clear that the situation is deadlocked and the work of the parliament in such a composition is impossible, the president will resort to such a decision . But now he is unlikely to go for it.

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Macron announced the entry of France into the period of the war economy

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France has entered a period of war economy in which the country can no longer live with “year-old spending programming.” This was stated by the French leader Emmanuel Macron at the opening of the international exhibition of the arms industry Eurosatory 2022.

“I asked the Minister [of Defense of France] and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces to re-evaluate the law on military programming in the coming weeks, taking into account the geopolitical context.” ;,— he said.

Macron expressed confidence that France will be able to “organize” in the long term.

The Defense Programming Law aims to establish a multi-year spending program that Paris allocates to the armed forces.

The French President started increasing defense spending back in 2017. According to BFM TV, the budget of the French Ministry of Defense will increase again in 2022 to €40.9 billion in accordance with the plan for 2019–2025.

The French leader stressed that the growth of threats, including the start of a special operation Russia in Ukraine, make Paris “act faster” in this question.

Macron also called for the strengthening of the European defense industry, which should be “much stronger” in light of increased military needs due to the situation in Ukraine. “We need to create a much stronger European defense industry and industrial and technological base,” — he said.

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The French leader stressed that Paris remains mobilized for meet the needs of Kyiv, including in heavy weapons.

In mid-May, El Pais, citing documents from the European Commission, wrote that in the defense system of the EU countries “there are as many holes as there are soldier". Thus, in European countries, they revealed a very weak air defense of cities and infrastructure, a shortage of weapons and a lack of capacity for their production. In addition, in the event of a military conflict, Europe faces problems with logistics, and the military does not have encrypted satellite communications with European coverage, the newspaper noted.

The European Commission considered that the events in Ukraine revealed the negative consequences of “low defense spending in peacetime” in European countries.

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Manizha revealed the reason for her stay in France

Participant of “Eurovision-2021” From Russia, Manizha Sangin admitted that she is now in France because of her sister. She spoke about this in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

According to the singer, she came to support her sister, who has been living in France for a long time and had a serious accident, but was not badly injured.

Manizha added that in Russia will continue to give concerts for domestic charitable foundations. In addition, on June 13, she will perform at the Stereooleto festival. in St. Petersburg. At the same time, when asked by a journalist whether she was going to live in Moscow, she answered ambiguously.

«I am a person of the world, I have always defined myself as such, and my music is multinational, multilingual. It is very important for me to keep moving in this direction. I don’t guess exactly where I will live and work,” the singer said.

It was previously reported that Manizha was the first in Russia to join the series of exclusive studio recordings of Spotify Singles.

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France allowed the introduction of the EU embargo on Russian oil “this week”

State Secretary of the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon allowed the EU embargo on Russian oil until May 15 Secretary of State for European Affairs of the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon said that the EU could take a decision on the embargo on Russian oil as early as this week. Today Emmanuel Macron will speak with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban France allowed the EU to impose an embargo on Russian oil “this week” />

The European Union may decide on an embargo on Russian oil this week, Clément Bon, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the French Foreign Ministry, said on the LCI TV channel. the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which provides, in particular, a ban on the supply of crude oil, will appear in the coming days. Bon noted that “the rejection of Russian oil will be sensitive for a number of countries due to their heavy dependence on its supplies.”


Bon added that several European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, are set to speak with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban later today. Budapest opposes phasing out Russian oil, believing it would undermine the security of the country's energy supply and its economy. Von der Leyen has previously said she has made progress in talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on sanctions and energy security.

According to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the European Union intends to refuse the supply of Russian crude oil within six months, and the import of refined products— by the end of 2022. Bloomberg and Reuters wrote that the European Union proposed to ban European courts and companies from providing services related to the transportation of Russian oil, including in the field of insurance.

On May 4, Reuters reported that the ambassadors of the EU countries had not reached an agreement on the embargo, according to the source of the agency, concerns about oil restrictions were expressed by Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Bloomberg noted that a Hungarian representative objected to the embargo, while Greece, Malta and Cyprus raised the issue of banning oil transportation between third countries, saying that this move would help competitors from Europe.

According to Bloomberg, on May 6, the European Union offered to give The Czech Republic has until June 2024 to give up Russian oil, while Hungary and Slovakia— until December 31, 2024.

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto spoke that Budapest would not vote for the sixth package in its current form, specifying that the country would like the ban not to apply to imports of crude oil through pipelines. countries.

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Macron inaugurated in France

The re-elected president promised to build a “stronger France” and expressed confidence that the country would show its best in “difficult times.” The ceremony was attended by his predecessors Sarkozy and Hollande

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The inauguration of French President Emmanuel Macron took place at the Elysee Palace. He officially took office as head of state for the next five years.

The ceremony began at 11:00 local time (12:00 Moscow time), according to France24. In total, it was attended by about 450 guests, including former heads of state Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. According to tradition, 21 cannon shots were fired near the House of Invalids.


Macron vowed to build a “stronger France” during his second term and “a more habitable planet,” reports RFI. He tweeted video clips of his speech and wrote that “France is doing its best in difficult times.”

The presidential elections in France this year were held in two rounds. 12 candidates participated in them. In the second round, as during the 2017 elections, Emmanuel Macron and the leader of the “National Rally” Marine Le Pen. As a result, Macron won 58.54% of the vote and became the first French president since 2002 to win for the second time (the last time it was Jacques Chirac).

After his re-election, Macron promised the French to be a “president for all” ; and work towards a “more just society and equality between women and men”.

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France did not invite Russia to mark the end of World War II

France became the second country that did not invite the Russian delegation to events marking the end of World War II. At the same time, the Immortal Regiment action is allowed in Paris and other cities of the country

The French authorities did not invite Russian representatives to the May 8th celebration of the end of World War II. This was stated by the Ambassador in Paris, Alexei Meshkov, after laying wreaths at the monument to Russian members of the Resistance movement at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, RIA Novosti reports.

“Always send military attaches” first the Soviet Union, then Russia, Belarus as countries that made a decisive contribution to the victory over fascism were invited. This year we did not find a place on the podium. Although the ambassadors of those countries that fought on the side of Nazi Germany will sit there, — said the diplomat.

He urged to remember those who really won the war. At the same time, the ambassador noted that the main “roll of Russophobia” begins to deflate.

The day before, Meshkov, together with the heads of the diplomatic departments of the CIS countries in France, attended a flower-laying ceremony at the Flowers of Freedom memorial; at the Soviet military cemetery in Noyers-Saint-Martin. The Russian Embassy reported this on Telegram. The event was also attended by the mayor of the French city. Then Meshkov announced the holding of the action “Immortal Regiment” in Paris and other French cities.

On May 3, the Russian Embassy in Austria received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country that Russian representatives were not invited to events on May 8 in memory of the liberation of Austria from Nazi occupation and the end of World War II in Europe. At the same time, the Austrian Foreign Ministry promised to honor the memory of thousands of fallen Soviet soldiers.

Ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky stressed that the Austrian authorities do not understand the significance of the terrible lessons of history and their consequences, which is becoming a problem for bilateral relations.

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At the end of March, the administration of the Buchenwald memorial complexes and “Dora-Mittelbau” did not allow Russian and Belarusian officials to attend a memorial ceremony in honor of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The management of the complexes called their presence unacceptable against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, the administration assured the diplomats that the ceremony would honor the memory of Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians who died in concentration camps, and lay wreaths in the colors of the national flags of Russia and Belarus at the memorial sign.

Russia also did not invite foreign leaders to the celebration Victory Day in Moscow. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained this by saying that the date is not an anniversary.

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Nice-Matin announced the arrest of the Friedman family villa in France

According to Nice-Matin, the property is owned by a company 99% owned by the entrepreneur's daughters. The arrest is related to the sanctions imposed by the European Union against Fridman, according to the publication

Mikhail Fridman

French authorities have arrested the Copab villa, writes Nice-Matin. The publication calls it owned by the family of the founder of Alfa Group. Mikhail Fridman. The area of ​​the villa— 580 sq. m, it is for rent.

The newspaper explains that the property was purchased by Akinita in the late 1990s, later renamed SNC COPAB. According to Nice-Matin, until 2015 this company was owned by the businessman's ex-wife Olga Aiziman, and then 99% of its shares were transferred to Fridman's daughters Laura and Katya.

The European Union imposed sanctions against many Russian businessmen from the end of February, including Friedman. In addition, the founder of Alfa Group was included in the sanctions list of London.

RBC sent a request to Alfa-Bank.

Based in the UK, Friedman compared life under sanctions to life under house arrest. He accused the authors of the sanctions of misunderstanding Russia: according to the entrepreneur, it is impossible to stop the special operation by pressure on business, businessmen cannot influence the president.

After the restrictions, Fridman left the boards of directors of Alfa-Bank, LetterOne, Veon, X5 Retail Group.

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After the imposition of sanctions, the authorities of European countries began to freeze the property of Russian billionaires. France, in particular, seized the property of one of the founders of Alfa Group; Alexei Kuzmichev, Roman Abramovich, Arkady Rotenberg and other businessmen. In France and other countries, several yachts were confiscated, which the authorities of these states associated with Russian entrepreneurs.

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Macron’s victory overshadowed by “yellow vests”: France is torn apart by contradictions

Unpopular reforms complicate the new term of the head of state

Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election has become as expected as the protests over the outcome of the second round of voting. But the scale of the anti-presidential demonstrations, judging by the reaction of both the police and ordinary citizens, turned out to be much larger than predicted. The end of the presidential campaign may mark a new rise of the “yellow vests”, which have long been preparing to return to the socio-political field.

And France's economic problems, coupled with Macron's inflexibility on a number of fundamental issues, only exacerbate the situation.

“Down with Macron, the Robin of the Rich” is one of the slogans of the protesters, based on the nickname of the president in the leftist press; Robin des Bourges is consonant with Robin des Bois (Robin Hood in French). Photo: AP

Protest: From the web to the streets

After receiving more than 58% of the vote in the second round, the incumbent French leader went on a new term – this situation has developed for the first time since 2002, when Jacques Chirac was re-elected president.

However, as in Chirac's case, re-election is not at all an indicator of the population's stable sympathy for the head of state.

Macron's rival Marine Le Pen managed to significantly narrow the gap compared to the 2017 campaign (then the difference was 32.2%, now only 17.08%), and almost a third of the French simply ignored the second round (the turnout barely exceeded 71%), not finding among the two candidates who would meet their aspirations.

The situation is eloquently characterized by the results of an online survey conducted almost immediately after the closing of polling stations in France. According to a survey of more than 1,300 people (considered a fairly representative sample in sociology), at least 63% of the country's citizens would not like to see the Republic on the March, the Macron party, whose majority previously provided him with almost unhindered decision-making, the leading force in parliament. Thus, the parliamentary elections scheduled for June will definitely not be easy for the president and his supporters.

But even more clearly than the statistics, the riots that broke out on April 24 and continued here and there all night testify to Macron's dissatisfaction. The French police, preparing for the protests, according to law enforcement officials, did not expect such a “scale”.

Protesters with banners took to the streets not only in Paris, but also in Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Toulouse and a dozen smaller towns. Naturally, the largest protests took place in the capital, where the number of demonstrators, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, is in the thousands.

The leitmotif of all the actions is the slogan “Neither Macron nor Le Pen” written on many posters, shouting which the participants in the demonstrations quickly transferred the conditionally peaceful marches to the “hot stage”. The most zealous protesters set fire to trash cans and provoked police clashes by throwing stones and shouting insults. Initially, the number of law enforcement officers was increased in order to passively contain the actions, that is, simply to prevent the “spraying” of processions throughout the city. However, in the end, the police moved from a kind of protection of demonstrations to actually suppressing them: batons and tear gas were used; several dozen people were detained, although, according to official figures, most of them are already at large.

Rising gasoline fuels dissatisfied people

So far, the confrontation at the end of 2018, when actions of the so-called “yellow vests” (distinctive clothing) swept through France, did not come to pass. Then, in addition to gas and batons, the police used water cannons, and detentions numbered in the hundreds. Over time, those protests subsided, although their subsequent “relapses” were observed at the slightest convenient occasion, be it anti-COVID restrictions or another unpopular initiative by the authorities.

Now, few doubt that a full-fledged “return of vests” is just around the corner. If earlier their actions were provoked for the most part by the price policy for fuel, now this problem has changed from a narrow-profile one (affecting truckers and taxi drivers) to a general one, and, as a result, there have been more complaints.

Gasoline and diesel in France are rapidly, albeit not at the American or British pace, becoming more expensive, and even despite the popularity of electric cars in the country (and it is among the top five European leaders in terms of the number of electric cars or hybrids), this significantly hits the wallets of ordinary citizens.

In the end, the delivery of products from suppliers to the store still remains tied to the usual auto message, and the fuel surcharge increases the final cost of goods on the shelf. All this is exacerbated by Macron's adamant position on imposing an embargo on energy supplies from Russia (Paris is less accommodating in this matter than, for example, Berlin) – such a ban will further accelerate fuel prices.

As a resident told MK Paris Annette Moreau, for a liter of gasoline in the French capital now you sometimes have to pay up to 3 euros (more than 300 rubles), which is almost twice as much as even relatively recent, January prices.

“Now it is difficult to determine who are “vests” and who are not,” our interlocutor commented on the protests that took place on the night of the 25th and their prospects. – Everyone is dissatisfied with the fact that there was no choice, we saw the same candidates as five years ago, knowing what they are capable of. As long as prices for fuel, taxis, food rise, the protests will not stop. There are many groups on social networks dedicated to the smallest Parisian districts, it describes when and where to gather, this will all continue in May, and I think the police will not be able to interfere, but only anger. Moreover, people from other cities often come to Paris in their own transport, and now these (convoys) are being prepared.”

Vests on the march

Indeed, the threat to the French capital is not so much the protest potential of Paris as the mobility of demonstrators from other cities. Even in support of overseas protests—Canadian “freedom convoys”—French truckers and farm equipment farmers flocked to Paris by the dozens. Now we are talking about the fate of our own country, and the protesters are already often called “Vests on the March” on the Web, ironically over the name of the Macron party and hinting that the “vest” is the Republic.

Economic difficulties go hand in hand with a number of dubious social initiatives of Macron, in particular, about raising the retirement age to 65 years. Despite the fact that concessions on this issue (and all presidential candidates tried to play on it) could reduce tensions, the president remains surprisingly adamant, arguing his position with economic expediency.

The only thing that calms the opponents of pension reform is that this process should be fully completed by 2031. That is, the final stage will obviously not be for the Macron term – the President of France cannot be re-elected twice in a row.

Of course, Macron is trying to the best of his ability and “cajole” the electorate. So, speaking about problems with fuel, he promised to subsidize the prices of gasoline and diesel – a certain percentage of the cost at gas stations will be paid by the state. The Spanish authorities have already begun to use a similar experience against the backdrop of protests there, but the subsidy program is still in force only until June: after that, there will simply be no money left in the budget for compensation. The French leader also promised that he would not promote unpopular reforms exclusively by presidential decrees, but would do his best to seek the consent of the parliament – that is, there is no question of a fundamental easing of policy.

In this context, the struggle of the “vests” is already beyond purely economic framework, acquiring a specific political connotation. According to its representatives, the movement benefited from what was previously considered a disadvantage – its decentralization, and therefore the ability to absorb any protest forces.

“Vests” are already used as a household name for all protesters against Macron,” said Annette Moreau. She is echoed by a participant in the demonstrations in Toulouse, René Crepe. “We take to the streets for a decent life, not for fuel,” he told one of the French TV channels.


Exit polls gave victory to Macron: the hidden results of the presidential elections in France

The fight for the electorate will continue in May

The second round of the next presidential election is coming to an end in France. While the official results of the voting have not been summed up, exit polls (polls of voters at the exits from polling stations) predictably indicate a likely victory for Emmanuel Macron. According to an expert interviewed by MK, if the current head of state retains his post, he will have to continue a difficult struggle for voters – already in the parliamentary field. Its outcome will determine the details of the future Macron's course, which, however, is unlikely to undergo fundamental changes both within France and on the world stage.

In itself, the second round of presidential elections was not a surprise – in the history of the Fifth Republic there were no campaigns limited to one stage of voting. It is curious that this is only the second case when the former opponents again met in the final battle.

As in 2017, this year Macron was competed with the leader of the National Association (until 2018 known as the name “National Front”) Marine Le Pen. Despite optimistic preliminary opinion polls for her and a backlog of only 4.7% in the first round (it took place on April 10), analysts agreed that she would suffer the same fate.

The second round for the Le Pen family in general is of particular importance. The founder of the National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, successfully overcame the first stage of voting twenty years ago, speaking out against Jacques Chirac, around whom there were many corruption scandals. However, the protest vote in the second round, which was held according to the principle “better for a thief than for a nationalist” (even those candidates who had dropped out of the race who did not sympathize with him called to support Chirac), led to the fact that in 2002 the leader of the “NF” all same lost. It is not surprising that his daughters predicted a similar fate five years ago, and she really then repeated her father's experience. Judging by the April 24 exit polls, the situation is the same now.

If the final ballot counts (and the official election results will be released on April 25) give Macron the lead, this will also be a unique case: in 20 years after the mentioned campaign 2002, no French president has yet been re-elected.

In the event of a Macron victory, the head of state will obviously stick to his former course, Yury Rubinsky, head of the Center for French Studies at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in a conversation with MK.

“In general, of course, Macron will continue to pursue the foreign and domestic policy that we observed in his first presidential term. At the same time, some new factors will come into play. First, what matters is what the final gap between Macron and Le Pen will be. In the last elections, it was almost two-time, now, obviously, the difference will be less. This is not surprising: Macron was in power and bore all the costs associated with this, while Le Pen criticized his decisions.

Secondly, in addition to the gap in percentages, an equally significant role is played by what is called the informal “third round” – the parliamentary elections in France scheduled for June 12 and 19 (the first and second rounds, respectively). “Although for the Fifth Republic the president is a central figure in political life, he is still forced to rely on the main forces in the parliament, which essentially has to form a government, when making decisions,” Yury Rubinsky emphasized in this regard. “For the past five years, Macron has had independent and absolute parliamentary majority of his party “Republic on the March” (another option – “Forward, Republic!”. – “MK”), not all of his predecessors can boast of this. Accordingly, the government actually had the composition that the president appointed. Now those prospects are in question. Most likely, those who were defeated in the first round of the presidential elections will actively participate in the parliamentary campaign.”

We are talking, in particular, about Invictus France, an ultra-left and populist party led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon .

“He lagged behind Marine Le Pen in the first round by only a couple of percent, having collected a solid package of votes,” the expert recalled. “Because a significant part of the protest electorate followed him, dissatisfied with both the incumbent president and the entire existing system, but who did not want to follow the far-right National Association.” Mélenchon bluntly stated that it was about deciding the fate of the country, and he himself claims to be prime minister. These ambitions are justified. It is his voters who will largely decide what kind of political landscape will emerge as a result of the parliamentary elections. And the “corridor” for making decisions by the president depends on this.

Macron himself is known for acting on the “at the same time” principle, that is, trying to combine difficult-to-combine solutions, and this problem will confront him in the coming month, Yury Rubinsky is sure:

“Having won in the second round, the president will try immediately after it – precisely in preparation for the parliamentary elections – to avoid steps that could split the voters. At the same time, he will obviously actively “look after” the left wing. According to Macron, he himself is both left and right, but we have seen that his policies so far have been more in the interests of the right-wing elite electorate. Now it is necessary to win the sympathy of the protest voters of Mélenchon on the left, to reduce the irritating factors. In particular, we are talking about Macron's planned increase in the retirement age to 65 years (now 62). Le Pen promised to lower the retirement threshold to 60 years – of course, this is an obvious populist gesture. Melenchon suggested looking for a middle option, which, apparently, Macron now has to find.

As far as foreign policy is concerned, time also plays a role in this case. France until June of this year is the country-chairman of the Council of the EU (the legislative body of the European Union, not to be confused with the European Council, which is the highest political body of the association. – “MK”). This status of a state does not give it the right to make its own unilateral decisions, but allows it to adjust the pan-European agenda.

“Macron’s goal in the EU is to broadly deepen interaction within the association and secure sovereign status for the European Union. In this direction, of course, he will be active, especially considering that he already has to deal with the new German government. It is a coalition, there is no unity there, including on such sensitive issues for Russia as the crisis in Ukraine. The tandem with Germany was repeatedly criticized by Le Pen, whose like-minded person in the alliance can be called the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Macron, on the other hand, will continue to bet on the consolidation and strengthening of the role of the EU in the world,” the expert concluded.


France will give Ukraine self-propelled artillery mounts “Caesar”: stuck on the roads

French artillery needs greenhouse conditions

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on April 22 that 155-mm Caesars would be sent to Ukraine as military aid. Alexey Leonkov, a military expert and editor of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine, spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of the French howitzer.

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According to him, “Caesar” has a long range – up to 42 kilometers. In addition, this self-propelled gun does not require constant repair, which is very convenient when there is a shortage of foreign spare parts.

“The main disadvantages of the Caesar are poor off-road patency, lack of protection against enemy shells and a small ammunition load – only 18 shells” , – said Leonkov.

The expert noted that in Ukraine there is an analogue of this self-propelled gun called “Bogdan”, but in single quantities.

The first sample of the “Caesar” was presented in 1994 , and since 2000, its testing began. The French howitzer is flown by a crew of five, but in a pinch it can be flown by a trained crew of three trained troops. The barrel length of the Caesar is 52 calibers.

It also became known that the United States decided to transfer to Ukraine about 70 heavy 155-mm British howitzers M777 and 140,000 shells for them. NATO countries hope that a permanent military supply to Ukraine will increase the duration of the special military operation and weaken Russia. However, recent tests of the Russian Sarmat missile showed that the Russian army has enough forces to continue the special operation.


Macron says France does not need gas from Russia

According to Macron, his country does not need Russian gas, but the EU is dependent on it. Previously, the president said he could appoint an energy planning minister responsible for France's gas and oil withdrawal

Emmanuel Macron

Europe depends on gas from Russia, but France does not need it, said on the France TV channel 5 French President Emmanuel Macron.

“We are working hard to buy it elsewhere. <…> France doesn't need him, — said Macron (quote from Le Parisien).

According to Macron, it is necessary to “do everything” to force Russia to stop the military operation in Ukraine, including imposing an embargo on Russian oil.

Over the weekend, the French president announced that he was considering appointing an energy planning minister who would be responsible for reducing the country's dependence on gas, oil and coal.

The European Union has introduced five packages of sanctions against Russia in connection with the military operation in Ukraine. The latter was approved in early April and, among other things, prohibits the purchase, import or transit of coal and other solid fossil fuels from Russia. It will begin to operate in August, until that time the parties can execute contracts concluded before April 9. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the work on the sixth package, in which Brussels considers issues related to the energy sector. The inevitability of these measures was said by the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, according to whom, restrictions on oil and gas from Russia “sooner or later will be required.”

On March 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on payments in rubles for natural gas supplies to countries that the authorities consider “unfriendly” (The list includes all EU countries). According to the document, companies from Western countries must open accounts in Russian banks. The new sales rules came into effect on April 1. The G7 countries and the European Union announced that they would not pay for gas in rubles. At the same time, the French Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, said on April 1 that the possibility of paying for gas in euros remained. Countries that buy gas from Russia make payments in euros through a bank, which will then convert the currency into rubles.

In early April, Lithuania announced that it was the first in the European Union to completely abandon Russian gas. According to the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borel, all European countries can achieve this within two years. President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will be able to increase the consumption of oil, gas and coal within the country, increase their processing, and also find alternative foreign markets.

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France predicts the results of the second round of the presidential election

Poll shows Macron likely to win

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron could win the second round of the presidential election with 53.5 percent of the vote. The victory of the head of the Fifth Republic is predicted according to the results of a sociological survey by Elabe.

Photo: Global Look Press Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Rally party, according to the poll, could get 46.5 percent.

63 percent of those polled said they would definitely go to the polls on Sunday, April 24th. 10 percent of respondents noted that they were “serious about going to vote”, 27 percent of survey participants admitted that they could miss the vote.

According to the results of the first round of the presidential elections, which took place on April 10, Macron scored 27 .84 percent of the vote, Le Pen – 23.15 percent.

Third place went to the candidate of the left Jean-Luc Mélenchon – he enlisted the support of 21.95 percent of voters.

Le Pen time has stated that if she is elected president, she will withdraw France from the unified command of the NATO alliance.


Le Pen closed the gap on Macron in the second round: France froze

Race against time: will the Fifth Republic get a new president

Ahead of the second round of the French presidential election, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is closing the gap with Emmanuel Macron, according to the latest poll. Meanwhile, former President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke out in support of the current head of the Republic, praising him for his “commitment to Europe.”

Photo: AP

A new opinion poll has shown far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is closing the gap with Emmanuel Macron ahead of the second round of the presidential election.

According to the Daily Mail, the OpinionWay-Kea Partners poll published by Les Echos and Radio Classique on Tuesday showed Le Pen narrowed the gap by one point as voter turnout continued to fall, although if the poll is to be believed, Macron still wins the runoff with 54 percent of the vote.

Voter turnout estimates fell even further – by 1 percent to 70 percent – from 74.56 percent in 2017, already the lowest since 1969.

On Tuesday, former Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would vote for centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election against Marine Le Pen on April 24.

Sarkozy praised Macron's “commitment” to Europe as “clear and unequivocal”.

“I will vote for Emmanuel Macron because I think he has the necessary experience in the face of a serious international crisis. His economic project puts the value of work as a top priority, and his commitment to Europe is clear and unequivocal,” Sarkozy said ahead of the second round of voting.

our governance culture should lead us to respond to Emmanuel Macron's call for unity,” he said.

Marine Le Pen, 53, won a second round against the incumbent in the French election after receiving 23.15% of the vote in the first round on Sunday, just four points behind Macron.


The two finalists will now go head-to-head on April 24, with polls predicting a much tougher showdown than their 2017 battle, with National Rally leader Le Pen predicted to win 49 percent of the vote in the runoff in margin of error for victory.

Sarkozy's comments come just days after the candidate of his own conservative party, which he publicly refused to support, lost in the first round of the election. Valerie Pekress won just 4.8% of the vote on Sunday. This puts the Republicans in dire financial straits, as the party failed to reach the five percent threshold above which campaign expenses are reimbursed by the state. On Monday, Pecresse called for urgent donations to ensure her party's survival.

While many of the first-round losing candidates urged their supporters not to support Le Pen in the second round, including far-left leader Jean -Luc Mélenchon, her populist message centered on the cost of living crisis resonates across the political spectrum, writes the Daily Mail.

Sophie Pedder, The Economist's Paris bureau chief, told BBC Today: “She's very popular with voters, workers, underpaid employees, service workers, people who struggle with paying their bills at the end of the month, who have real difficulties with the price of gasoline for their cars. Many of them live in rural areas or areas where they need cars to get to work. This emphasis she places on the cost of living fits in very well with Mélenchon's supporters on the radical left.”

Throughout the campaign, Le Pen visited markets in towns and villages to meet with working-class voters, where anti-yellow vest protests flared up, promoting the idea that Macron had divided France and she was the one to unite it.

Le Pen claims that he is no longer the “big, bad wolf” of politics and positions himself as a unifying and kind figure.

An Ifop poll in March found that less than half of French people thought she was “intimidating.” Meanwhile, analysis of the polls by The Telegraph showed that 53% of voters intend to vote for Macron, and 47% for Le Pen.

In her Sunday speech, Le Pen portrayed herself as a unifying figure who will heal the “rifts » France and stop the 'chaos' caused by Macron, a former banker who, she said, personified the 'power of money'.

One Le Pen supporter says: “She did a great campaign, she was good all the time, she was close to the people. She was not shown on TV too much, she was more with us on the field, in the cities. She did everything right. The difference is that in 2017 people voted for Macron because he was new and we didn't know him, so we thought, “Well, let's try.” We tried it, and it turned out terrible.”

Last week, sociologist Brice Teinturier of Ipsos found that more people expect their position and position in the country to improve if Marine Le Pen is elected instead of Macron.

Macron kicks off his campaign for a runoff by visiting former mining areas in the industrial centers of Les Pens in northern France, in a first sign that workers will be the main battlefield in the election.

As the 12 candidates in the first round dwindle to two, now presidential finalists should aim to appeal to about 50 percent of voters who had other preferences in the first round.

In past elections at the national, regional and municipal levels, voters of the left and right have historically banded together to keep the far right out of power, a phenomenon known as the “republican front”.

Although all major candidates, including the conservative Republicans and the Socialist Party supported Macron in the second round on Sunday evening, it is unclear whether their voters will follow him. What's more, their low single digit scores were so pathetic that their support doesn't matter much. Analysts say the left's vote is likely to be split, with Macron going to have a third, Le Pen to a third and abstention to a third.

The face-to-face meeting in the second round between Le Pen and Macron is a repeat of the 2017 presidential election, when the results of the first round were 24.01% for Macron and 21.03% for Le Pen. Macron then beat Le Pen with 66% of the vote in the second round.

But experts say this election will be very different: voters are disillusioned after five years of the centrist president's globalist and pro-European policies, and Le Pen seeks to unite voters with his anti-Macronian message.

Bruno Gollnisch, a former National Front MP, said: “I think the circumstances are very different from five years ago because many people are disappointed with Mr Macron's policies. Whether on the right or on the left, the real discussion will now be between globalism on the one hand and the difference of national identity on the other.”

Marin became leader of the Front National in 2011 after her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, and since then she has been trying to improve the image of the party, which its critics accuse of racism and Holocaust denial. The National Front has since been renamed the National Rally, and in 2015 Marin expelled her father from the party he co-founded in the 1970s for repeating his view that the Holocaust was a mere a “detail” of World War II.

But in a rare show of support, Jean-Marie Le Pen congratulated his daughter Sunday night on a “remarkable campaign” and predicted her election victory.

On In this election, Marine Le Pen's campaign was quiet, professional, without major gaffes, and she looked more suited to the presidency than her far-right rival, the controversial commentator Eric Zemmour, who received seven percent of the vote.

French newspaper Le Monde described the second round of elections on April 24 as a struggle between “France of leaders and pensioners against France of employees and workers, cities against the periphery, European integration against national sovereignty.”


Milli Major – Shut Down The Dance Lyrics (feat. Prez T & Paper Pabs)

[Bridge: Milli Major]
We shut down the dance
We shut down the dance
We shut down the dance
We shut down the dance

[Hook: Milli Major]
We shut down the dance
Yeah, you know my team
Bagged the promoters
Drinks on me
There’s queues outside
Like say the entry’s free
That’s it, I’m onstage next
Then assess the P

[Verse 1: President T]
Man wanna talk all greaze
Without the action, back in the day
I was a G, but it ain’t faction
Talking wicked, when it comes down to the crunch
I saw the reaction, said he was an MC, that was a myth
Babylon raided my drum, what did they find?
That was the piff
I said what did they find?
Suitcase packed with money and gold, nah
Suitcase packed with money and dreams
All that I know is money and fiends
There’s no place that President T won’t visit, is it?
If man wanna talk about guns or jail, I’ll have to quiz it


[Verse 2: Paper Pabs]
Shut down the dance, man’ll get lean
Like man are tryna cut down carbs
You ain’t never had no girls on stage
You ain’t never shut down Prague
You ain’t never caught no planes then got picked up
Then picked up mics
Bloodline fam be the campaign
Shutdown bars with the champagne life
I can shut down a rave on Skype
I can shut down a rave on Facetime
All of the raves are shutdown ramp
I don’t know what you heard on the grapevine
Ain’t no place on Earth that I can’t relax, fact
Can you put your hands in the air till your arms collapse?


[Verse 3: Milli Major]
Anywhere we go, we shut down the dance
London, Manny, Brum, France
Leeds, Leicester, Bristol, Prague
One two drinks makes anyone rough
Had too much, now I’m fully turnt up
But it’s all love so push your hands up
If the whip breaks down, you push your damn car
That’s the only time you push the damn car
Might just shell
Shut down the place then move your girl
Ain’t going my crib, stay at hotel
Ask the reception room 112
Yeah, yeah, just know I’ll be gone by the morning
I ain’t gonna stick around for the talking
Gotta hit it, and I ain’t calling
If you ain’t fam, you better keep walking

[Bridge] + [Hook]

Yung Tory – Itsy Bitsy Thotty Lyrics

The itsy bitsy thotty stay at her mama house
She f**ked the whole gang like what’s this all about?
The sun came up so I kicked the thotty out
Stupid lil’ thotty wanna suck me for the clout
The itsy bitsy thotty stay at her mama house
She f**ked the whole gang like what’s this all about?
The sun came up so I kicked the thotty out
Stupid lil’ thotty wanna suck me for the clout

Stupid drip, all these thots feelin’ me
She suckin’ dick, lots of thot-ivity
I’m in the VIP, Henny bottles, give me three
Got my hands on her hips, I’m an athlete
She want a relationship
But she ain’t on shit, she chasin’ dick
Don’t play with me, I hate that shit
She f**ked the whole gang, how you save that bitch, bitch?
Aw shit, lit, she on shit
I’m just sippin’ this Henny, tryna plot on her friend
She pulled up in a Benz, I got top in the Benz
Girl, I walk with the bands, let’s go shopping in France
I cannot be your man, uh

The itsy bitsy thotty stay at her mama house
She f**ked the whole gang like what’s this all about?
The sun came up so I kicked the thotty out
Stupid lil’ thotty wanna suck me for the clout
The itsy bitsy thotty stay at her mama house
She f**ked the whole gang like what’s this all about?
The sun came up so I kicked the thotty out
Stupid lil’ thotty wanna suck me for the clout

She want a relationship
But she ain’t on shit, she chasin’ dick
Don’t play with me, I hate that shit
She f**ked the whole gang, how you save that bitch?

Malicorne – La Fille Soldat Lyrics

La jeune demoiselle a perdu son amant
N’est-ce pas bien dommage dès l’âge de quinze ans ?
Elle s’en va l’attendre à l’ombre de ces bois
Mais elle a beau attendre son amant ne vient pas

Rossignolet sauvage rossignolet charmant
Apprends-moi des nouvelles de mon très cher amant
Oh ton amant la belle il est bien loin d’ici
À vingt cinq jours de marche y a bien de quoi marcher

Habille-toi la belle habille-toi en guerrier
Tu marcheras sans doute trente six jours entiers
Quand la belle fut en prusse aperçoit son amant
Qui faisait l’exercice au beau milieu du rang

Ah dis-moi donc la belle qui t’a envoyé ici ?
Apprends-moi des nouvelles des garçons du pays
Les garçons du village ils sont tous mariés
Il y a que toi volage qui m’ait abandonné

Te chagrine pas la belle nous nous marierons
Dans un pays de france ou dans le piemont
Te chagrine pas la belle nous nous marierons
Dans un pays de france ou dans le piemont

Malicorne – L’auberge Sanglante Lyrics

Un compagnon si brave son tour de france allait
S’en va chez une hôtesse pour y loger
Bonjour dame l’hôtesse logerions-nous ?

Quand vient vers les sept heures le garçon de souper
Dites dame l’hôtesse souperions-nous ?
Oui mon brave jeune homme attablez-vous

Appelle la servante petite jeanneton
Donne de ce bon lièvre à ce garçon
Car ce brave jeune homme a de l’argent

Quand vient vers les neuf heures le garçon demandait
Dites dame l’hôtesse coucherions-nous ?
Oui mon brave jeune homme j’ai lit pour vous

Appelle la servante petite jeanneton
Amène moi cet homme là-haut dans la maison
À la plus haute chambre en vérité

Tout en montrant la chambre la servante pleurait
Que pleurez vous la belle que chagrinez ?
Tout en montrant la chambre tant soupirez

Mon brave gentilhomme je pleure que de vous
Là-haut dedans la chambre dessous le lit
Il y a quatre cadavres je vous le dis

Comment pourrais-je faire pour passer cette nuit ?
Faudra prendre un cadavre dessous le lit
Le mettre à votre place pour cette nuit

Quand vient vers les onze heures le garçon de veiller
L’hôte avecque l’hôtesse ils se sont levés
De marteau et de pierre l’ont massacré

Quand vient vers les cinq heures le garçon s’est levé
Rendez-moi ma valise assassineurs
Mon sac avec ma canne maudits voleurs

Appelle la servante petite jeanneton
Tiens dedans ma valise il y a de l’argent
Tu m’as sauvé la vie pour cette nuit

Ramasse ton bagage petite jeanneton
Car nous irons ensemble dans ma maison
Nous marierons ensemble à la saison

Malicorne – Le Prince D’orange Lyrics

C’est le prince d’orange tôt matin s’est levé
Est allé voir son page va seller mon coursier
Que maudit soit la guerre ! va seller mon coursier

Mon beau prince d’orange o’ voulez-vous aller ?
Je veux aller en france o’ le roi m’a mandé
Que maudit soit la guerre ! o’ le roi m’a mandé

Mit la main sur la bride le pied dans l’étrier
Je partis sain et sauf et j’en revins blessé
Que maudit soit la guerre ! et j’en revins blessé

De trois grands coups de lance qu’un anglais m’a donné
J’en ai un à l’épaule et l’autre à mon côté
Que maudit soit la guerre ! et l’autre à mon côté

J’en ai un à l’épaule et l’autre à mon côté
Un autre à la mamelle on dit que j’en mourrai
Que maudit soit la guerre ! on dit que j’en mourrai

Le beau prince d’orange est mort et enterré
L’ai vu porter en terre par quatre cordeliers
Que maudit soit la guerre ! par quatre cordeliers

XVI’me siècle. l’orage gronde, et il fait très sombre, le soldat part à la guerre. il chante et il rugit comme un lion, et chaque coup de lance devient une poussière d’étoiles; puis il tombe dans son sang, et ses os pourrissent sur le champ de bataille

Les Rita Mitsouko – Badluck Queen Lyrics

Play the game
Feel the flow
No ! you’re under pressure
Watch the flame
Feel the glow
No ! You’re under pressure

Archduchess of Austria
In a world that’s changing
Queen of France
In a world that’s bleeding
Daughter of Emperor François
Not a chanceÂ…

Peace and love
But love’s in piece
No ! You’re under pressure

Sing ad dance
What else to do
No ! you’re under pressure

Archduchess of Austria
In a world that’s changing
Queen of France
In a world that’s bleeding
Daughter of Emperor François
Not a chanceÂ…

Oh ! tragic destiny
For that lady
Oh ! Tragic destiny
And glittering personality

Feel the pressure in your body
Feel the pressure in your soul
Feel the pressure in your neck
On your neck Antoinette

K. Forest – New Bae Lyrics

Got a new bae, yeah I had to upgrade (brand new)
And my old ting cannot ride this new wave (brand new)
They be so plain, you, you be on game (for real)
No shade but I got my upgrade (for real)

No shade, no shade, no shade, no shade
Got a new, new bae
No shade, no shade, no shade, no shade
Got a new, new bae

[Verse 1]
Surfin’, surfin’, my baby she on a wave (a wave)
She got single braids lookin’ like Kim K (K)
Workin’ everyday of the week (of the week)
When that shift is done she be on fleek (on fleek)
She can, make it clap, yes I’m so proud (so)
Hand on my chin like how she do that? I don’t know how (I don’t know)
She hit the road now, battery is low now (so low)
When it dies you gon’ hit me on the iCloud
One day it’s CC the next day it’s Fendi (yeah)
Yeah she fancy but she still sip Henny
And I got plenty, plenty ’til this empty
You not make see, that’s why they got the envy (yeah)
My bae so lit yeah look like I’m an aura (yeah)
She casual, casual like Sephora (yeah)
Look I told ya that it’d be game over
Once that package come from Fashion Nova

Got a new bae, yeah I had to upgrade (brand new)
And my old ting cannot ride this new wave (brand new)
They be so plain, you, you be on game (for real)
No shade but I got my upgrade (for real)

No shade, no shade, no shade, no shade
Got a new, new bae
No shade, no shade, no shade, no shade
Got a new, new bae

I got a new, new bae
I got a new, new bae
I need a new, new bae
I got a new, new bae
And that’s for real, uh
And that’s for real, uh, yeah
And that’s for..

[Verse 2]
Caramel complexion that’s my honey (that’s my honey)
She don’t gotta ask for nothin’ she got money (oh, yeah)
She got bands on top of bands, wrapped in rubber bands (yeah)
And guest request from her fans all the way from France (yeah)
She hit my FaceTime sayin’ “bonjour” (what’s up?)
I’m watchin’ her blend colors with the contour (what’s up?)
This velour, that’s what she known for (yeah)
And she help me pick my fits when I got on tour (so real)
That’s a savage, yeah that’ what I see, see
Not a bajan but that’s my lil’ RiRi (yeah)
She keep it thuggin’, Jeezy on repeat (yeah)
And she collect the bag, I’m talkin’ weekly (yeah)
I got the upgrade, rollin’ high grade (yeah)
Newest update, I don’t downgrade (yeah)
Kicked out my old ting, (shh), out the back door
‘Cause you not gonna find this at no AppStore (ayy)

Got a new bae, yeah I had to upgrade (brand new)
And my old ting cannot ride this new wave (brand new)
They be so plain, you, you be on game (for real)
No shade but I got my upgrade (for real)

No shade, no shade, no shade, no shade
Got a new, new bae
No shade, no shade, no shade, no shade
Got a new, new bae