German tanks, falling unemployment, Tuesday’s strike, Bruno Martini… the news to remember this afternoon

The info not to miss

Germany finally gives the green light to the delivery of Leopard tanks. For several days, a certain cacophony reigned within the German executive. There were these words pronounced on French television by the German Foreign Minister on Sunday, who affirmed that Berlin would not oppose the delivery of Leopard tanks, of German design, by Poland. Then a slight decline, the next day, while the position of Chancellor Olaf Sholz remained until then difficult to define. Finally, the Chancellery has just announced on Wednesday that Berlin is indeed giving the green light to the delivery of Russian tanks. In the process, the Elysée communicated to welcome this announcement.

On the ground, fighting is raging in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian army today confirmed the capture by the Russians of the town of Soledar. A strategic catch, for a city which holds the largest salt mines in Europe and which is located 15 km from Bakhmout, where the fighting is very intense. Moscow can in particular hope to curb Ukrainian supplies to the area.

What else to remember

  • Unemployment down sharply. The Dares has just published the unemployment figures for the fourth quarter of 2022. After a third quarter synonymous with stability, the trend started to fall again on the employment front, with a decrease of 3.8% compared to the previous quarter (112,000 fewer unemployed) and 9.4% a year.
  • Traffic still disrupted Gare de l’Est. Traffic will resume but will remain “disturbed” this Wednesday departing from and arriving at the Gare de l’Est in Paris, with one in three TGVs during peak hours, due to an “act of sabotage” which largely prevented trains from arriving or departing from the main station on Tuesday, announced the SNCF.
  • Black Tuesday? Building on their success on January 19, the unions are back on Tuesday January 31 with a second demonstration against the pension reform. SNCF, RATP, schools, refineries, ports, ski resorts… We summarize for you disruptions to expect to help you prepare.
  • Bruno Martini in police custody. The former world champion in 1995 and 2001 with the French handball team was arrested and taken into custody for 48 hours on Monday in a corruption of minors case. He is accused of having approached several minors on social networks and of having offered to one of them to come to his house.
  • The César nominations have fallen. The nominations for the most prestigious prizes in French cinema fell on Wednesday morning. “L’Innocent” and “La nuit du 12” come out on top. Best actor/actress, supporting role, hopefuls, director… We present all the nominations in our article to find by clicking on this link.

it concerns you

2023 will be a very good year for all those who like to get away from it all during the April and May long weekends. For them, the SNCF just put on sale from this Wednesday, January 25, several thousand tickets for the bridges of April and May. As usual, the most interesting tickets are reserved for the first served. Don’t delay too long.

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