Tomorrow evening at 8:30 p.m. (live on France 2) President Ruben Östlund and his eight international jurors will deliver the winners of this 76th edition. The suspense is still total and it is difficult to make predictions. Jonathan Glazer’s film The Zone of Interest, which points to the banality of evil through the quiet daily life of the family of the head of the Auschwitz camp, sent shivers down the Croisette and we say to ourselves that it could be to the (sour) taste of the Swedish filmmaker. As Club Zero by the Austrian Jessica Hausner, who pinpoints with chilling humor the regimentation of our youth. But Anatomy of a fall by the French Justine Triet also made the buzz: the trial of an author accused of the murder of her husband in the absence of witnesses. We must not forget the rare films that have provoked beautiful emotions: Monster Japanese Kore-eda Hirokazu, who opened the competition, Dead leaves by Aki Kaurismaki and The Old Oak by Ken Loach, a magnificent hymn to tolerance, which concluded it today. The jury also has a heart.
The route of the French border should be slightly modified tomorrow. The minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, travels to the island of Saint-Martin, in the West Indies, to conclude an agreement on the border which is the subject of a conflict for several years between the Netherlands and France.
This 90 square meter island is divided between a French overseas collectivity, Saint-Martin, in the north and Sint Maarteen, a dependent state of the Netherlands, in the south. Between the two, no line materialized so far in a precise and official way the border, thus feeding tensions between the two countries. So much so that in 2017 France appealed to the UN to find a resolution to the dispute. The signing of an agreement on Friday afternoon between representatives of the two countries should solve the problem in a lasting way. In particular at the level of the bay of Oyster Pond and a water point, located in the West, which should be shared by the two States in two equal parts.
3 – The executive prepares the ground before the hosting of international negotiations against plastic pollution
Catherine Colonna, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Christophe Béchu, Minister for the Ecological Transition, and Bérangère Couillard, Secretary of State for Ecology, will receive around forty of their counterparts tomorrow, as well as diplomats, scientists and NGOs, at the subject of the scourge of plastic pollution. A launching pad before the second round of negotiations with a view to obtaining a global treaty to fight plastic pollution.
This one will be held in Paris from Monday to Friday; 908 government delegates, 1,712 NGO members and ten industrial associations will work to draw up an agreement which must be signed before the end of 2024 and which is legally binding. It would be historic.
4 – PSG: title night in Alsace?
Only one point is missing to formalize a coronation which is, to tell the truth, recorded at 99.99% with a six-point lead and a much higher goal difference over Lens (+16) at the start of the 37th and penultimate day. The second half of the season sullied the balance sheet but the moment will still be historic: PSG will become the most successful club in the league (11) in front of Saint-Etienne.
Deprived of Marquinhos, Ekitike and Fabián Ruiz, the Parisians go to Strasbourg, which has already taken a big step towards maintaining it. The fourth place in relegation is rather played between two “historic”, Auxerre and Nantes, who move respectively to Toulouse and Lille. Another challenge: the European folding seats, with a decisive Rennes-Monaco. All matches in multiplex at 9 p.m. (Prime Video, Canal+ Foot, Canal+ 360).
5 – Tour of Italy: Thomas sees the line in pink
An individual time trial of 18.6 kilometers with a first category bump to finish: this is the program of the 20th and penultimate stage of the Giro which will crown the winner. Geraint Thomas (Ineos-Grenadiers) will start as the favorite but his mattress is not very thick on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Winner of the Tour de France 2018, he could thus win, at 37, his second Grand Tour.
Yesterday, at the top of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, the queen stage won by the Colombian Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious), the Welshman only conceded 3 seconds to the Slovenians, who now emerges at 26 seconds. Bad operation for the Portuguese Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), third, who lost about twenty seconds in the final.
We are delighted – Avian flu: “very effective” vaccines on ducks
Poultry farmers can rejoice at this news. While the bird flu virus has been spreading again since the beginning of May in a dozen farms in the South-West, ANSES said today that two vaccines tested in France against avian flu have proven “very effective”. These results enabled the Ministry of Agriculture to announce a possible vaccination campaign starting in the fall of 2023. Many European neighbors have also devised a vaccination strategy in the face of the repetition and scale of these crises. More than 20 million poultry were slaughtered in France between 2021 and 2022 for these reasons and‘already more than 6 million between 2022 and 2023. The French experiment, extended to a few hundred ducks (euthanized at the end of the process), revealed a very good level of protection for vaccinated ducks, even when they are in direct contact on a farm.