Attacks in Istanbul and tensions with Italy and Britain

It was too mild this weekend to lower his moral temperature with the news of the world. Fortunately, 20 Minutes gives you this quick summary of the last three days.

1-Explosion in Istanbul, described as a “horrific attack” by Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A loud explosion of unknown origin took place this Sunday afternoon in the busy Istiqlal shopping street in the heart of Istanbul. The governor reported at least six dead and 38 injured. President Erdogan quickly condemned “a despicable attack”. The explosion took place shortly after 16:00 (13:00 GMT), when the crowds in Istiqlal Street, a popular Sunday stroll for Istanbulites and tourists, are especially dense.

1bis-Commemorations for the November 13 attacks this Sunday

Seven years later, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne paid tribute to the victims of the attacks on 13 November 2015 by observing a minute’s silence at the sites of the attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis.

The historic trial against these attacks ended on June 29 after ten months of hearings. The special court in Paris sentenced Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the commandos, to life in prison, the harshest penalty in the criminal code. His 19 co-defendants (six of whom were presumed dead, were tried in their absence) were sentenced to terms ranging from two years in prison to life.

2-One death in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Lille

A body was found overnight from Saturday to Sunday under the rubble of two adjacent buildings which collapsed on Saturday morning in the center of Lille, most likely of a missing doctor who had borrowed an apartment from friends for the night.

The victim has not yet been officially identified, but according to emergency services, all indications are that it is this man, whose car is parked at the site, who did not show up for his appointments and whose phone “cut out” in the area.

The hospital center in Calais, where this doctor, Dr. Alexandre Klein, officers, issued a press release Sunday morning to announce his “accidental death.” He was head of the mental health and addictions department.

3-Ocean Viking: France “asks Europe to decide” Italy

France has asked “Europe to decide very quickly what follow-up to give” on Italy’s refusal to welcome the Ocean Viking ship and its 230 migrants on board, government spokesman Olivier Véran said.

On Friday, the ambulance boat from the NGO SOS Méditerranée, which operates off the coast of Libya, landed survivors in France for the first time. A unique welcome, based on the “duty of humanity”, according to the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

Olivier Véran criticized again on Sunday on BFMTV Italy’s refusal to welcome him, “a unilateral, unacceptable decision (…) ineffective and unfair on the part of the current Italian government, which calls for European responses”.

Bruno Retailleau, candidate for the presidency of the LR, called for an end to “the moral lessons” in Italy, while the number 1 of the RN Jordan Bardella criticized SOS Méditerranée, an NGO “that does politics”.

4-Israel: Great return of Netanyahu, appointed to form the government

Arriving at the head of legislative elections in Israel with his far-right allies, Benjamin Netanyahu was officially named on Sunday to form a government, a victory for the former prime minister who had vowed to find his costume.

His government may be the most right-wing in Israel’s history, which immediately raised fears locally and internationally. Benjamin Netanyahu has 28 days to form his government, with an additional 14 days if necessary.

He returns to business despite being accused of corruption and while the trial is ongoing.

5-Great Britain: More than 40,000 migrants have already crossed the Channel this year, a record

The number of migrants making the perilous crossing of the English Channel aboard makeshift boats to reach the United Kingdom surpassed the 40,000 mark on Sunday, a record.

972 people crossed the canal aboard 22 small boats on Saturday, bringing the total since the start of the year to 40,885.

Never before have so many migrants – especially Albanians, Iranians and Afghans – made the dangerous passage. In the whole of 2021, 28,526 crossings were registered. It was already a record.

Successive Tory governments have considered everything and abandoned some illegal or unworkable ideas such as pushing boats out of British waters with artificial waves, locking migrants on ocean liners offshore or sending them to remote islands. The latest plan, announced under Boris Johnson, plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, but this plan has stalled.

The subject is subject to tension with Paris, although the two countries announced in a joint press release on Friday “progress” to find a new agreement on the issue.

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