Strong abstention from municipal elections, outbreak of coronavirus in the United States and development of OM

A polling station in Nantes on June 28, 2020 – J. Urbach/ 20 Minutes

Sunday evening, the time for many of us to check our emails and news. Here to help you, a small summary of the main info to remember this weekend.

1. A second round of municipal elections marked by strong abstention

Illustration of a polling station in the second round of the municipal elections on June 28, 2020 in Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère).
Illustration of a polling station in the second round of the municipal elections on June 28, 2020 in Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère). – ALLILI MOURAD / SIPA

Polling stations in 4,820 municipalities opened this Sunday 8 am for the second round of
municipal elections, organized with exceptional health precautions linked to the coronavirus epidemic almost three and a half months after the first.

One of the main issues in the ballot is participation, when less than one in two voters had visited March 15. And the first figures at 5 p.m. were not encouraging: participation amounted to 34.67%, against March 15 38.77% at the same time and 52.36% in 2014.

The suspense is important in some of the biggest cities – Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Strasbourg,… -, while in Le Havre, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe partly plays his future at Matignon.

More info: These municipal are held at
the day before a crucial sequence for President Emmanuel Macron who could, in the coming days, carry out a reshuffle and specify his stated intention to “reinvent himself” for the last two years of his mandate.

2. Outbreak of coronavirus cases in the United States

A plug to access a covid screening site, in Florida, June 19, 2020.
A plug to access a covid screening site, in Florida, on June 19, 2020. – Florida Times-Union-USA TODAY NE / SIPA

The United States passed the 2.5 million new coronavirus contamination on Saturday and the pandemic seems out of control in the south of the country, already the most struck in the world. At 5:30 p.m., the United States had registered 2,500,419 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, whose reports are authoritative.

Florida in particular recorded a new record, with 9,585 new patients and 24 deaths in one day. For the governor of the state, Ron DeSantis, there is a “real explosion” of the disease in young people who have returned to the beaches and night parties thanks to the deconfinement.

3. Poles at the polls to elect their president this Sunday

The candidate for the presidential elections in Poland, Rafal Trzaskowski, June 28, 2020
The candidate for the presidential elections in Poland, Rafal Trzaskowski, June 28, 2020 – Petr David Josek / AP / SIPA

The Poles, too, were called to the polls this Sunday to elect their president. Outgoing President Andrzej Duda, 48, is running for his second term in this key vote for his conservative nationalist government. Opposite, ten other candidates are in the running to replace him, but according to polls, it is the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, of the main opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), who will be his rival during of the second round, on July 12.

More info : Who is Rafal Trzaskowski, main rival of outgoing president Andrzej Duda in the presidential election? We paint his portrait for you this way.

4. BFM and RMC journalists vote to end their strike

Microphone and camera illustration of the BFMTV news channel
Micro and camera illustration of the BFMTV news channel – ALLILI MOURAD / SIPA

A first for the continuous news channel. Journalist societies (SDJ) of BFMTV, RMC and other media of NextRadioTV warned on Saturday that the second round of municipal would not be covered this Sunday, due to the strike against a social plan, a movement which according to management is “not justified”.

“We journalists should be present in dozens of cities, in front of campaign headquarters, on sets, in newsrooms, to tell you, decipher, live with you this high point of democracy. It is our mission. Yet we will not fill it, “write the SDJ of BFMTV, BFM Paris, BFM Business, RMC and the digital editorial staff of NextRadioTV, in a forum published on the website of Sunday newspaper.

More info: This mobilization finally allowed the journalists to be heard in part: meeting in a general assembly this Sunday at 4 p.m., they decided to suspend the strike, after the management announced that there would be no forced departures before November 2021. “The antenna will resume at the latest tomorrow morning,” a group journalist tweeted on Sunday.

5. Olympique de Marseille is not for sale

Jacques-Henri Eyraud
Jacques-Henri Eyraud – Claude Paris / AP / SIPA

« Olympique de Marseille is not for sale. The day after the revelation of a buyout offer made by the former manager of the Toulon rugby team Mourad Boudjellal, Jacques-Henri Eyraud wanted to clarify things. At a press conference organized this Saturday, the president of OM first thanked “the people who have a financial interest in the Marseille club”. Then, he assured the journalists present that the club was not interested in “the session”.

More info: The playmaker of theOlympic Marseille Dimitri Payet announced this Saturday to have extended his contract until 2024 by significantly lowering his salary. “I love the club and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to help it grow,” he said in a statement. press conference alongside its president Jacques-Henri Eyraud and his coach André Villas-Boas.

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