France city – Ambafrance JM http://ambafrance-jm.org/ Wed, 11 May 2022 12:08:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ambafrance-jm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/cropped-icon-32x32.png France city – Ambafrance JM http://ambafrance-jm.org/ 32 32 French prosecutors investigate Interpol boss over torture allegations – POLITICO https://ambafrance-jm.org/french-prosecutors-investigate-interpol-boss-over-torture-allegations-politico/ Wed, 11 May 2022 11:37:49 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/french-prosecutors-investigate-interpol-boss-over-torture-allegations-politico/ French prosecutors have opened an investigation against Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, the president of the international police agency Interpol, for allegations of “complicity in torture”. Following AFP reportsFrance’s national anti-terrorism prosecution confirmed to POLITICO that it mandated a judge at the end of March to investigate a complaint against Al-Raisi. The complaint alleges “torture” and “arbitrary […]]]>

French prosecutors have opened an investigation against Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, the president of the international police agency Interpol, for allegations of “complicity in torture”.

Following AFP reportsFrance’s national anti-terrorism prosecution confirmed to POLITICO that it mandated a judge at the end of March to investigate a complaint against Al-Raisi.

The complaint alleges “torture” and “arbitrary detention” in 2018 and 2019 against the head of Interpol, then a top security official in the United Arab Emirates. It was introduced by two Britons, including Matthew Hedges, an academic convicted of espionage by the United Arab Emirates after traveling to Dubai to conduct research. Hedges was held for seven months and sentenced to life in prison in 2018 before being ‘pardoned’ less than a week later after an international outcry.

A representative of the counter-terrorism prosecution said the investigating judge would check whether Al-Raisi was on French soil when the complaint was filed, thus giving French authorities jurisdiction over the case. The inquiry will also examine whether the Interpol chief enjoys immunity through his current position.

The investigating judge will then decide whether there is cause to lodge a complaint against Al-Raisi, although it is still unclear when the investigation will be concluded. Interpol’s headquarters are located in the French city of Lyon. Al-Raisi could potentially be detained for questioning in France if he visits the country.

Last year, Hedges sought damages in the High Court in London for alleged assault, forcible confinement and willful infliction of psychiatric injuries.

Al-Raisi was elected Interpol chairman last November, drawing heavy criticism from human rights groups, who accused the UAE candidate of having a long record of surveillance human rights violations.

Interpol did not respond to a request for comment.

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Volynets, 20, Mmoh, 24, win wild-card entries at Roland-Garros https://ambafrance-jm.org/volynets-20-mmoh-24-win-wild-card-entries-at-roland-garros/ Mon, 09 May 2022 18:09:35 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/volynets-20-mmoh-24-win-wild-card-entries-at-roland-garros/ ORLANDO, Florida. Katie Volynets, a 20-year-old Californian, and Michael Mmoh, a 24-year-old born in Saudi Arabia and now based in Florida, have been granted US Tennis Association wild cards for the French main draw. To open. Play begins at Roland Garros on May 22. Volynets and Mmoh claimed their place in the second Grand Slam […]]]>

Katie Volynets, a 20-year-old Californian, and Michael Mmoh, a 24-year-old born in Saudi Arabia and now based in Florida, have been granted US Tennis Association wild cards for the French main draw. To open.

Play begins at Roland Garros on May 22.

Volynets and Mmoh claimed their place in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year by collecting the most ranking points in recent tournaments on clay.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation offer each other reciprocal invitations to Grand Slam events.

Volynets’ performances on the USTA Pro Tour included a title in Palm Harbor, Fla., reaching the semifinals last week in Bonita Springs, Fla., and advancing to the quarterfinals in Charleston, Carolina. from South.

She is a career-high 112th in the WTA rankings and is 0-4 in Grand Slams. This will mark his debut at Roland-Garros.

Mmoh’s results include making the quarterfinals after qualifying for the ATP US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston and reaching the final of a USTA Pro Circuit Challenger tournament in Tallahassee, Florida.

His career-high ranking is No. 96; he is currently No. 181. He is 3-9 in the major tournament main draws, 0-1 at Roland Garros.

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French President Macron sworn in for a second 5-year term https://ambafrance-jm.org/french-president-macron-sworn-in-for-a-second-5-year-term/ Sat, 07 May 2022 23:00:29 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/french-president-macron-sworn-in-for-a-second-5-year-term/ ]]>

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French President Emmanuel Macron reviews military troops during his inauguration ceremony for a second term at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Macron was re-elected for five years on April 24 during a a second round that saw him conquer far-right rival Marine Le Pen. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

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French President Emmanuel Macron was sworn in for a second term on Saturday, promising to take steps to avoid any further escalation of Russia’s war in Ukraine and promising to promote France and Europe on the world stage.

Macron was re-elected for five years after winning the April 24 presidential run-off against far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

“The hour ahead will be that of resolute action for France and for Europe,” Macron declared, promising “to act relentlessly with one objective, which is to be a more independent nation, to live and build our own French and European country”. responses to the challenges of the century.

Macron also promised to find a “fair method” to govern the country and ease its social tensions by making the government and parliament work with unions, associations and other players in the French political, economic, social and cultural world.

“I will have only one compass: to serve,” Macron said. “At the service of our country… at the service of our fellow citizens… at the service of our children and our young people… to whom I am committed to passing on a more livable planet and a more lively and stronger France.

For a president comfortable talking for hours, Macron’s speech was surprisingly short – and handwritten. But then he took the time to shake hands, exchange kisses on the cheek and chat one-on-one with dozens of guests.

While Macron presided over strict lockdowns and coronavirus vaccination mandates as the pandemic swept through France, most COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted and there were no signs of masks or social distancing during the inauguration.

The event seemed unusually child-friendly for French presidential ceremonies, with several dignitaries bringing their children – and at least two in pushchairs. Macron, 44, has no children but has stepchildren and grandchildren, some of whom were there.

Upon his arrival in the Elysée reception hall, Macron gave a nod to his wife, Brigitte Macron.

About 500 guests were invited to the ceremony. They came mainly from the political world, but also included actors, health workers, military officers and former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. Most of those who received a coveted invitation were white men in suits, despite a growing push for diversity in French politics.

Hollande, a socialist who ruled France from 2012 to 2017, said “I think there will be considerable difficulties”, listing the war in Ukraine, rising prices, falling purchasing power and problems related to climate.

“That means the responses will have to match the challenges,” he said.

Hollande noted Macron’s message that he will seek new methods of governing as a good point, “not only because it will be a very difficult time, but also because France is very divided.”

After his speech, Macron went to the Elysée gardens and listened to 21 cannon shots fired from the Place des Invalides to mark the event, in keeping with tradition.

He also reviewed the army. The troops present at the ceremony included part of the crew of Le Monge, the second largest ship in the French Navy which is key to France’s nuclear deterrent. It was notably used for testing the M51 missiles launched by French nuclear-capable submarines.

The symbol could be seen as a show of force at a time when France is deeply involved in efforts to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine, including by sending truck-mounted guns and other heavy weapons.

Macron’s second term officially begins on May 14.

Macron is expected to name a new government soon, ahead of key legislative elections in France in June, which will decide who controls a majority of the 577 seats in the National Assembly.

Macron hopes his party and its centrist allies can win big from the presidential election. They currently hold over 300 seats in the Assembly.

This week, France’s long-divided left-wing parties agreed to join forces in a new coalition to counter Macron’s strategy and seek victory in the legislative elections. The Socialist Party has joined the Greens and the Communist Party in hooking up with the France Insoumise party of far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Mélenchon on Saturday called on voters to give the left a parliamentary victory and become prime minister at the first meeting of the new coalition.

“There will be a People’s Union government…and it is the (leftist) policies that will be implemented,” he said.

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Angela Charlton and Catherine Gaschka contributed to this story.

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Announcement of a new aerial route from Edinburgh to Nîmes https://ambafrance-jm.org/announcement-of-a-new-aerial-route-from-edinburgh-to-nimes/ Fri, 06 May 2022 10:04:41 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/announcement-of-a-new-aerial-route-from-edinburgh-to-nimes/ FRONTALIERS looking for a short break this summer have another option to consider after Ryanair launched a new direct flight route between Edinburgh and the southern French city of Nimes. Flights will take place three times a week from this week until October 28, 2022 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The new route joins eight […]]]>

FRONTALIERS looking for a short break this summer have another option to consider after Ryanair launched a new direct flight route between Edinburgh and the southern French city of Nimes.

Flights will take place three times a week from this week until October 28, 2022 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The new route joins eight existing routes to French cities from the Scottish capital: Béziers, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Marseille, Nantes, Paris-Beauvais, Poitiers and Toulouse.

Along with Rome, Nîmes is one of the most complete urban remains of Roman civilization in the Western world.

French city of Nimes

Among the Roman monuments are the Arènes (amphitheatre), the Maison Carrée, a majestic restored temple, the Jardins de la Fontaine, the Temple of Diana, the Castellum aquae and the Tour Magne.

But Nîmes is also a city anchored in modernity, with urban works and buildings signed by great contemporary architects such as Lord Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Philippe Stark.

Peeblesshire News: Franck Proust, President of Nîmes Métropole, Jean Paul Fournier, Mayor of Nîmes, Laurence Pais, Consul of France and Gordon Dewar, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, were present at the press conference in Edinburgh.Franck Proust, President of Nîmes Métropole, Jean Paul Fournier, Mayor of Nîmes, Laurence Pais, Consul of France and Gordon Dewar, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, were present at the press conference in Edinburgh.

Large-scale events take place throughout the year: the Flamenco Festival in January, the Roman Week in May, the Feria de Pentecost, a music festival in June and July and historical re-enactment shows sound and light show in the majestic amphitheater in August, and a Street Art Festival in September…

For gourmets, Nîmes is “the place to be” with four Michelin-starred restaurants.

In addition, the city’s central location makes Nîmes an ideal base camp for exploring the South of France through daily excursions without changing accommodation.

The Nîmes Tourisme team offers you different ways to discover the city: rides in the little train, guided tours with exclusive access or complete tailor-made itineraries. For

Franck Proust, President of Nîmes Métropole declared: “It is a great success for our two territories, because here in Edinburgh, as in Nîmes, tourism and the cultural offer are major axes of our economic dynamism! Our destination has a lot to offer the Scots, and this road is the new gateway to Grande Provence.

Jean-Paul Fournier, Mayor of Nîmes, is delighted with the opening of this line. He added: “It is important for a city to open up to the world and to exchange with those who wish to discover it. The candidacy of “La Maison Carrée”, the best preserved Roman temple in the world, on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is part of this desire that I have. Our city, turned towards the future and marked by its history , is rich in its ancient heritage, its cultural offer and its four starred restaurants.

Olivier Galzi, Vice President of Edeis Group said: “This new route is a great opportunity to connect two incredible regions. In the heart of Grande Provence, Nîmes (nicknamed the “French Rome” for its Roman monuments but also for its sunny climate all year round) is now able to welcome all visitors wishing to discover the spirit and art to live in the south of France.

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Russian army kills 10 in Avdiivka, Ukrainian official says https://ambafrance-jm.org/russian-army-kills-10-in-avdiivka-ukrainian-official-says/ Wed, 04 May 2022 15:32:15 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/russian-army-kills-10-in-avdiivka-ukrainian-official-says/ Planes take off almost daily from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware – huge C-17s loaded with javelins, stingers, howitzers and other hardware are flown to Eastern Europe to resupply the Ukrainian army in its fight against Russia. The groundbreaking impact of these weapons is exactly what President Joe Biden hopes to highlight when he […]]]>

Planes take off almost daily from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware – huge C-17s loaded with javelins, stingers, howitzers and other hardware are flown to Eastern Europe to resupply the Ukrainian army in its fight against Russia.

The groundbreaking impact of these weapons is exactly what President Joe Biden hopes to highlight when he visits a Lockheed Martin plant in Alabama that manufactures the Javelin man-portable anti-tank weapons that have played a crucial role in Ukraine.

Biden’s visit also draws attention to a growing concern as the war drags on: Can the US keep up the pace of shipping large quantities of weapons to Ukraine while keeping the stockpile healthy? what they might need if a new conflict breaks out with North Korea, Iran or elsewhere? ?

The United States has already supplied about 7,000 javelins, some of which were delivered during the Trump administration, about a third of its stockpile, to Ukraine, according to an analysis by Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the Center for Studies. strategic and international on international security. program. The Biden administration says it has pledged to send about 5,500 people to Ukraine since the Russian invasion more than two months ago.

Analysts also estimate that the United States has sent about a quarter of its stockpile of shoulder-fired Stinger missiles to Ukraine. Raytheon Technologies CEO Greg Hayes told investors last week on a quarterly call that his company, which makes the weapons system, would not be able to ramp up production until next year by due to parts shortages.

“Could that be a problem? The short answer is, ‘Probably, yes,'” said Cancian, a retired Navy colonel and former government specialist on Pentagon budget strategy, war finance and procurement. .

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Considering Language Program Expansion, ETSU Adds French Instructors | Education https://ambafrance-jm.org/considering-language-program-expansion-etsu-adds-french-instructors-education/ Mon, 02 May 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/considering-language-program-expansion-etsu-adds-french-instructors-education/ In an effort to expand global opportunities for students and make French a concentration within the foreign language major, East Tennessee State University’s Department of Literature and Language is adding two full-time instructors this fall . Amy Laws and Mallory Nischan will join ETSU. “I am thrilled that Amy and Mallory have joined the Literature […]]]>

In an effort to expand global opportunities for students and make French a concentration within the foreign language major, East Tennessee State University’s Department of Literature and Language is adding two full-time instructors this fall .

Amy Laws and Mallory Nischan will join ETSU.

“I am thrilled that Amy and Mallory have joined the Literature and Language family,” said Dr. Daniel Westover, Professor and Department Chair. “French is one of the truly global languages, spoken on five continents by more than 300 million people. It is invaluable for anyone pursuing a career in business, international affairs, government, global health, or the humanities. French is also the language of fashion, culinary arts, dance, theater and film, so its applications are vast.

Laws received a master’s degree in teaching from ETSU and a master’s degree in French from the University of Georgia. She also obtained a certificate in teaching French as a foreign language from CAVILAM (Centre d’Approches Vivantes des Langues et des Médias) in France. Laws has worked, taught, volunteered and studied abroad in places like Cameroon, Senegal and France, and she has taught French at ETSU, the University of Georgia, the Battle Ground Academy and other K-12 schools in the Southeast.

Laws also contributed to The Greeneville Sun as a travel columnist under the name “The Vivacious Voyager”. She is a member of the Alliance Française de Knoxville, the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association, the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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Nischan is a doctoral candidate in Modern Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, with concentrations in French and Applied Linguistics and a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She earned a master’s degree in French from the University of North Texas and has taught at Middle Tennessee State University, University of North Texas, University of Tennessee and the University of Lille in France.

In addition to extensive work as a volunteer and translator, Nischan earned certificates in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and applied linguistics, and served as editor of “Vernacular.” , a graduate student newspaper from the University of Tennessee. His research interests focus on French literature of the 20th and 21st centuries with a focus on North Africa. She is currently working on her thesis, entitled “Retelling Resistance: Orality, Writing and the Kahina in North African Francophone Literature”.

“French is taught in almost every regional high school, and many students come to ETSU wanting to improve their skills,” Westover said. “Others are eager to study French for the first time. Amy and Mallory are dynamic educators ready to work with students of all levels and prepare them for global opportunities. Their presence solidifies our French minor and opens new avenues of cultural exchange, study abroad and teacher training, among others. We feel lucky to have them here.

To learn more about the department, visit etsu.edu/cas/litlang/.

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Interview with George Benson: “I was thousands of miles from America in a French city that vibrated with jazz” | Travel https://ambafrance-jm.org/interview-with-george-benson-i-was-thousands-of-miles-from-america-in-a-french-city-that-vibrated-with-jazz-travel/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/interview-with-george-benson-i-was-thousands-of-miles-from-america-in-a-french-city-that-vibrated-with-jazz-travel/ Jhe first time I left my hometown of Pittsburgh was when I was ten years old. I was already getting local attention as a musician, and my manager said, “Georgie, we’re going to New York. We were just around the corner from the Waldorf Astoria. Our suite is £300 a night. It’s 1953! I was […]]]>

Jhe first time I left my hometown of Pittsburgh was when I was ten years old. I was already getting local attention as a musician, and my manager said, “Georgie, we’re going to New York. We were just around the corner from the Waldorf Astoria.

Our suite is £300 a night. It’s 1953! I was stunned by this new world of elegance and money. He took me to a restaurant called the Coconut Grove and for the first time in my life, I ate a steak. Unfortunately, my young body couldn’t handle it and I had terrible convulsions.

My manager had persuaded this rich society lady that I was something special and she arranged a bunch of auditions for me. in the best radios. This nice lady bought me a brand new guitar, but what I really wanted was a toy cowboy gun. We got one in Times Square and I liked it so much I sent it back all the way to Pittsburgh. Pow-pow-pow!

My family didn’t have money for vacations, so the only time I was able to travel was with my music. When I was 20, I flew for the first time and flew to the Côte d’Azur. I was there for a big jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins, but spent most of my time walking along the promenade. I felt like I was living in a movie with all the sports cars and boats and the beautiful blue sky.

Benson was treated like royalty in Johannesburg

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I remember one afternoon sitting in this cafe, watching the pavement artists. This guy drew a nice picture of Charlie Christian and under it he wrote “Greatest Jazz Guitarist of All Time”. There I was, thousands of miles from black America and the birthplace of jazz music, but the whole city was buzzing with jazz.

When I was touring the States in the 60s and 70s, I got used to being treated differently. Black youth groups have not always received the best reception. But that was nothing compared to what I saw in Johannesburg during the apartheid era. The craziest thing is that as musicians, South Africa treated us like royalty – even white people. They put us in the best hotels and made sure we had the best of everything. But if I had gone out and tried to sit in the wrong place in a restaurant, I could have ended up in jail.

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Music speaks of memories. And travel brings those memories to life. I’ll never forget waiting nervously all night in a New York studio for Miles Davis, jazz’s baddest cat. He arrived, played three notes on his horn and stormed off. Or eat homemade pasta with Franco Cerri in Stockholm. Or me and my kids hanging out with Rod Stewart and his kids at Mr Chow’s in London.

London is a city that has treated me well: a truly multinational and multicultural city that welcomes visitors with open arms. It is also a city of hidden depths. At first you are captivated by all the famous sights – Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace – but then you drive west and realize that the city stretches for miles and miles.

If I want to get away from it all, I always seem to be drawn to the Mediterranean coast. I guess it all goes back to that first trip when I was 20. You know the place I really like? Marbella. Have breakfast and catch up on all the local gossip at the News Café in Puerto Banus. The morning sun makes strange patterns on the water, much like musical notes.

There is a certain lifestyle and a certain mood when you are on this coast. Hot nights and cool music. From the start, Europe seemed ready to accept this new music. At first, jazz didn’t get the attention it deserved in America because it was played by black musicians. In Europe, they loved music. And that’s how it should be.

George Benson, 79, is one of jazz’s finest guitarists, having backed some of music’s biggest names – Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra – and found solo success with albums such as Breezin ‘and Give Me the Night. Benson’s UK tour begins June 16 at Hampton Court Palace. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Jo

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Leicester City vs AS Roma – Football Match Report – 28 April 2022 https://ambafrance-jm.org/leicester-city-vs-as-roma-football-match-report-28-april-2022/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 07:32:11 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/leicester-city-vs-as-roma-football-match-report-28-april-2022/ AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini scored an own goal to give Leicester City a 1-1 draw at home in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg on Thursday at the King Power Stadium. In the other semi-final, Feyenoord beat Marseille 3-2 in a thrilling clash in Rotterdam, blowing a two-goal lead before rallying to win […]]]>

AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini scored an own goal to give Leicester City a 1-1 draw at home in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg on Thursday at the King Power Stadium.

In the other semi-final, Feyenoord beat Marseille 3-2 in a thrilling clash in Rotterdam, blowing a two-goal lead before rallying to win and take a slight advantage in next Thursday’s second leg on the coast. South of France.

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With UEFA scrapping the away goals rule this season, the two matches remain even as the teams battle for a place in the Conference Premier League final to be played in the Albanian capital Tirana on 25 may.

Roma took the lead after 15 minutes at Leicester through Lorenzo Pellegrini after an incisive through ball from Nicola Zalewski gave the visiting captain the chance who slid his shot through the legs of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The home side then dominated but had to wait until midway through the second half to equalize as Harvey Barnes burst into the box and his goal-line cross was turned into his own net by Mancini under pressure from Ademola Lookman.

Feyenoord scored twice in as many minutes early in the first half to take the upper hand in their draw at De Kuip. Cyriel Dessers and Luis Sinisterra offered the reward of a positive start in which the hosts mounted wave after wave of attacks.

But Marseille pulled one back with a thunderous strike from 25 yards out from Bamba Dieng which flew past Ofir Marciano at his near post in the 28th minute and they were level before the break as the keeper could only parry Matteo Guendouzi’s cross and Gerson shot into the net from 10 yards out in the 40th.

Dessers put Feyenoord back in front just after the break as Duje Caleta-Car dropped his back pass to keeper Steve Mandanda and the Nigerian international stole to score and put the Dutch in front ahead of their trip to France.

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Zelenskyy thanks Italian PM for accepting Ukrainian refugees https://ambafrance-jm.org/zelenskyy-thanks-italian-pm-for-accepting-ukrainian-refugees/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 16:20:43 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/zelenskyy-thanks-italian-pm-for-accepting-ukrainian-refugees/ [Credit: AP] What is Transnistria? The Trans-Dniester stretches some 400 kilometers (249 miles) between the eastern bank of the Dniester in Moldova and the country’s border with Ukraine. Most of the breakaway region’s 470,000 residents speak Russian, although residents identify as ethnically Moldovan, Ukrainian or Russian. The region declared its independence in 1990 and clashes […]]]>

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What is Transnistria?

The Trans-Dniester stretches some 400 kilometers (249 miles) between the eastern bank of the Dniester in Moldova and the country’s border with Ukraine. Most of the breakaway region’s 470,000 residents speak Russian, although residents identify as ethnically Moldovan, Ukrainian or Russian. The region declared its independence in 1990 and clashes broke out. Fighting intensified in March 1992 and lasted until a ceasefire in July; more than 700 people are estimated to have died in the conflict. As part of the ceasefire agreement, a contingent of Russian troops remained in Trans-Dniester as nominal peacekeepers. Since then, the region has insisted it is not part of Moldova, which declared independence in 1991.

What happened in the Transnistria region this week?

Explosions rocked the headquarters of the region’s State Security Ministry. The building was reportedly empty due to the Orthodox Easter holiday and no casualties were reported. Officials said the attack was carried out with rocket-propelled grenades. Local media showed what appeared to be firing tubes lying in a street. On Tuesday morning, a pair of explosions at a broadcasting facility knocked out two powerful antennas. No claims of responsibility for the attacks have been made. Trans-Dniester chairman Vadim Krasnoselsky on Tuesday called for imposing anti-terrorist security measures at a “red level” for 15 days, including setting up roadblocks at city entrances.

What is the connection between the region of Moldova and the Russian-Ukrainian war?

Russia does not recognize the Trans-Dniester as independent, as it does with other breakaway areas, such as South Ossetia, Abkhazia and the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Recognition of these areas came either after Russia and Georgia fought a war in 2008 or as justification for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February. An explosion of fighting in the Trans-Dniester could change the political calculus of the Kremlin; Russia’s security policy states that it has the right to protect ethnic Russian populations around the world.

A senior Russian military official, Rustam Minnekayev, said last week that Russian forces were aiming to take full control of southern Ukraine, saying such a move would also open a land corridor between Russia and the Trans-Dniester. . Achieving this military objective would require major battles to capture Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, including the main port city of Odessa. The Russian soldiers would surely encounter enormous resistance.

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Latest news on the Russian-Ukrainian war: live updates https://ambafrance-jm.org/latest-news-on-the-russian-ukrainian-war-live-updates/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 23:42:31 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/latest-news-on-the-russian-ukrainian-war-live-updates/ KYIV, Ukraine – Russian tanks were crossing the border and Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was gripped by fear and panic. Street fighting broke out and a Russian armored column, entering the city, advanced within three kilometers of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. During those tense early days of the war, almost everyone — Russian President Vladimir […]]]>

KYIV, Ukraine – Russian tanks were crossing the border and Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was gripped by fear and panic. Street fighting broke out and a Russian armored column, entering the city, advanced within three kilometers of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office.

During those tense early days of the war, almost everyone — Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, military analysts and many Western officials — expected Ukraine’s leadership to fracture. Instead, Mr Zelensky decided to personally stay in the capital, taking selfies as he drove through kyiv to reassure his people. And he ordered his top aides, many Cabinet members and much of his government to also stay put, despite the risks.

It was a moment of crystallization for Mr. Zelensky’s government, ensuring that a wide range of agencies continue to operate effectively and in sync. Leading politicians set aside the bitter infighting that had defined Ukrainian politics for decades and instead created a largely united front that continues today.

No senior civil servants defected or fled, and the bureaucracy was quickly put on a war footing.

“In the first days of the war, everyone was in shock and everyone was wondering what to do – stay in kyiv or evacuate,” said Serhiy Nikiforov, spokesman for Mr Zelensky. “The president’s decision was that no one is going anywhere. We stay in kyiv and we fight. It cemented him.

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For much of the world, Mr Zelensky is best known for appearing via video link with a daily message of courage and defiance, to rally his people and urge allies to provide arms, money and moral support. On Sunday, he again caught the world’s attention during a meeting in Kyiv with two senior US officials, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who promised a increased military support and – in a gesture of symbolic importance – said the United States would seek to reopen its embassy in Kyiv.

But behind the scenes, Mr Zelensky’s success so far also hinges on the government’s ability to operate smoothly and take steps to help people cope, such as sweeping deregulation to keep the economy afloat. and provide essential goods and services.

By relaxing the rules for transporting goods, for example, the government was able to deal with a serious risk of food shortages in the capital, Kyiv, at the start of the war. And in March it lowered business taxes to 2% – and only if the owner wanted to pay.

“Pay if you can, but if you can’t, there’s no question,” Mr Zelensky said at the time.

More controversially, it combined six television stations that previously competed with each other into a single outlet for news. The merger, he said, was necessary for national security, but it frustrated political opponents and free speech advocates.

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He also reached a truce with his main domestic political opponent, former President Petro O. Poroshenko, with whom he had argued until the start of the war.

A huge wartime effect of the gathering around the flag undoubtedly made Mr. Zelensky’s job easier, said Volodymyr Yermolenko, editor of Ukraine World, a magazine covering politics. “The peculiarity of Ukrainian politics is that the agency comes from society, not from political leaders,” he said. “Zelensky is his due to the Ukrainian people, who are behind him, showing courage.”

He added that “this is not to undermine his efforts” and credited Mr Zelensky with adapting his pre-war populist politics into an effective leadership style in the crucible of conflict.

These days, Mr. Zelensky’s workplace on Bankova Street is a quiet, dark space filled with soldiers; there are firing positions protected by sandbags in the corridors and on the landings of the stairs. “We were ready to fight exactly in this building,” Nikiforov said.

A former comedic actor, the Ukrainian frontman has surrounded himself with a band of loyalists from his television days, relationships that have drawn accusations of cronyism in the past but served him well during the conflict by keeping his team of direction on the same wavelength. And Mr. Zelensky has structured his days in a way that suits him.

Mr. Zelensky receives individual telephone briefings from General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander of the armed forces, several times a day and often in the first hour of the morning, aides and advisers said.

This is followed by a morning videoconference with the prime minister, sometimes other Cabinet members, and heads of military and intelligence agencies in a format that combines military and civilian decision-making, according to Nikiforov, his spokesperson.

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Certainly, Mr. Zelensky’s video speeches – to the US Congress, the British Parliament, the Israeli Knesset and other governments – remain the defining and most effective element of his wartime role. The Ukrainian and Russian armies are still in pitched battles on the eastern plains, but in the information war kyiv has clearly won.

Delivered with passion by a former actor with a keen eye for storytelling and drama, Mr. Zelensky’s speeches rallied his compatriots and galvanized international support.

Some are improvised and others more scripted. A 38-year-old former journalist and political analyst, Dmytro Lytvyn, was reportedly Mr Zelensky’s speechwriter. Mr. Nikiforov, the spokesman, confirmed that the president was collaborating with a writer but declined to say with whom.

Politically, Mr. Zelensky took early steps that enabled him to reduce any internal conflict that could harm the war effort.

Among them was the rocky rapprochement with Mr. Poroshenko, who had sharply criticized Mr. Zelensky since losing to him in the 2019 election. Their bickering continued even as Russia massed troops on the border, Mr. Zelensky putting Mr. Poroshenko under house arrest for various politically tinged cases.

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But the day Russia invaded, the two leaders reached an agreement. “I met Mr. Zelensky, we shook hands,” Mr. Poroshenko said in March. “We said we were starting from scratch, he can firmly count on my support, because now we have an enemy. And the name of that enemy is Putin.

Mr Zelensky banned another main opposition faction, a Russian-leaning political party.

It helped that Mr Zelensky’s political party, Servant of the People, won a majority of seats in parliament in 2019, allowing him before the war to appoint a cabinet of loyalists. Previous Ukrainian governments were divided between conflicting presidents and opposition-controlled cabinets.

“Not on paper, but in reality it’s one big team,” said former foreign policy adviser Igor Novikov. “It’s very tight-knit.”

Tymofiy Mylovanov, a former economy minister and now an economic adviser to the president’s office, compared Ukrainian politics to “fighting between relatives”.

“It’s a family fight,” he said. “But family comes first.”

The inner circle is largely made up of media, film and comedy industry veterans with similar backgrounds to Mr. Zelensky.

Andriy Yermak, chief of staff and former film producer, is widely regarded as Ukraine’s second most powerful politician, although the constitutional successor is Speaker of Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk, who at the start of the war was evacuated to western Ukraine. Mr. Yermak oversees foreign and economic policy.

Other key advisers are Mykhailo Podolyak, a former journalist and editor who negotiates with the Russians; Serhiy Shefir, a former screenwriter, now a domestic political adviser; and Kirill Tymoshenko, a former videographer who now oversees humanitarian aid.

The military high command is made up of officers, including General Zaluzhnyi, experienced in fighting Russia during the eight-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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In the early days of the war, Mr. Zelensky set three priorities for his government’s ministries, according to Mr. Mylovanov: procuring arms, shipments of food and other goods, and maintaining supplies in gasoline and diesel. Ministries were asked to rewrite regulations to ensure timely delivery on all three strands.

This may have been very helpful in the early rush to get food to kyiv, which was in danger of being besieged and starving.

With the supply chain disrupted, the presidential office brokered an agreement between grocery chains, trucking companies and volunteer drivers to establish a single trucking service supplying all grocery stores. Stores would post a request on a website and, depending on the available driver, fill the order either for free or for the cost of gas.

Perhaps Mr. Zelensky’s most controversial decision was to combine all six TV newsrooms into a single channel with a single story. The main opposition television channel, Channel 5, affiliated with Mr Poroshenko, was omitted from the group.

Mr. Zelensky called the move necessary for national security. Opponents saw it as a disturbing example of the government’s crackdown on dissent.

“I hope wisdom will prevail, and the intention is not to use this to reduce political competitors,” said Volodymyr Ariev, a member of Mr Poroshenko’s Solidarity political party.

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Transparency in the Ukrainian Parliament has also been a casualty of the war.

Parliament sits at irregular and unannounced intervals of around an hour, for security reasons, for fear of a quickly targeted Russian cruise missile strike.

To hasten sessions, MPs do not debate bills publicly in the chamber but privately as they are drafted, according to Ariev. Afterwards, the parliamentarians gather in the majestic neo-classical hall, take a quick vote, then disperse.

Mr. Mylovanov, the president’s economic adviser, said Ukraine’s pluralistic political culture would rebound. Unity is needed now, he said.

“Don’t worry,” he said. “We’re going to start fighting again for liberal versus protectionist economic policy, price controls, how to attract investment, and everything else.”

Maria Varenikova contributed reporting from Kyiv.

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