New American sanctions against Moscow, investigations launched against McKinsey, complaint by Samuel Paty’s family against the authorities… This Wednesday’s news

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“Devastating” American sanctions against Moscow. After the shock wave from the abuses exposed in the Boutcha region, Washington is accelerating the sanctions train. Those announced on Wednesday add to the long list already in place against the Russian regime. Effective immediately, the American executive bans it “All new investments”, and in response apply the harshest restrictions it can impose on major Russian banks Sberbank and Alfa Bank and several large state-owned companies “atrocities” committed in Ukraine. The United States is also targeting Putin’s entourage, including his two daughters, Maria and Katerina, aged 37 and 38. More information here.

Eastern Ukraine and the Luhansk region are preparing for a massive attack by Russian forces. Moscow’s new strategy is to refocus its offensive in Donbass in eastern Ukraine. Lugansk Oblast is urging its residents to evacuate and expects a massive attack by Russian forces. Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of this region, which has been partially held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, is urging residents to evacuate.while there is still time“. A speech also shared by Kyiv. Five humanitarian corridors have now been established in this Russian-speaking region of 1.5 million people. Read our article.

The European Commission is calling for the investigations in Ukraine to be coordinated. On possible war crimes in Ukraine, the European Commission “encourage” Member States to join the joint investigation team coordinated by the judicial cooperation agency Eurojust. So far eight countries (France, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain) have opened national surveys. A joint investigative team was also set up by Poland and Lithuania in cooperation with Ukraine and with the support of Eurojust. Read the latest information on the war in Ukraine.

McKinsey in the sights of justice. The National Treasury Attorney announced on Wednesday that it was investigating allegations by the Senate Committee of Inquiry about “tax optimization” by the consulting firm McKinsey, whose influence on public order has been denounced by the opposition for days. The investigations were entrusted to the Service d’Enquêtes Judiciaux des Finances (SEJF), a department of Bercy. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal reaffirmed that McKinsey “will pay what he has to pay“. In the report, presented on March 16, the Senate investigative committee assured that the state had signed deals with consulting firms such as McKinsey “more than doubled” between 2018 and 2021 and reached a record amount of more than 1 billion euros in 2021. Read our article.

Samuel Paty’s family is filing a complaint against the authorities. The family of the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine college teacher who was murdered by a jihadist in 2020 filed a complaint on Wednesday against the Ministries of the Interior and the National Ministry of Education “Failure to Help Vulnerable People and Failure to Prevent Crime”. Deficiencies in the processing of at least one key report, faulty analyzes and ultimately unlawful omission. This is essentially the analysis developed in Wednesday’s complaint by Virginie Le Roy, the attorney representing Samuel Paty’s parents and sisters. Read our article, as well as the testimonies of the teacher’s relatives.

Yvan Colonna’s family attacks the state. The Corsican independence activist died on March 21, two weeks after being subjected to an ultra-violent attack by a fellow inmate in his Arles prison. In the first few days after the ultra-violent and deadly attack on Yvan Colonna in prison, the Corsican independence activist’s lawyers warned of a possible one “To fail” of the state. The family got engaged on Wednesday “Claim for damages against the state” before the Marseille Administrative Court. The parents, wife, brother, sister and two children of Yvan Colonna “Remember that the prison administration is legally responsible for his death”explained Me Patrice Spinosi, one of the family lawyers, in a press release consulted by release. More information here and read our investigation into Yvan Colonna’s fatal eight minutes.

In Caudry, the Buitoni factory is ready for the time being. The prefect of the North has banned the production of pizzas at the Buitoni factory in Caudry after several serious cases of contamination of children with the Escherichia coli bacterium and deaths, possibly linked to the consumption of these products. After two hygiene inspections with conclusive results, an order was issued ordering the temporary cessation of factory activities. In the text, the prefecture regrets “the presence of rodents” in the factory corridors and the lack of protection “Effective and suitable for a nutritional activity» against the intrusion of vermin. He also underscores that “Lack of maintenance and cleaning of manufacturing, storage and transit areas“. Read our article.

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“It was my duty, they shoot at our children”: report with wounded Ukrainian soldiers in hospital in Zaporijia. He does not want to give his name, the unit he serves in, or details of the military operations in which he took part. Let’s call him Dmytro. “I’ve been here for a week, I had surgery three days ago, it’s much better” said the soldier in a toneless voice, hardly louder than the monotonous noise of the vacuum engine. A blood-smeared drain comes out from under the sheets. His right leg is bandaged to the groin. “I had the body pierced with irons, they removed everything. My heel is torn to pieces.” Read the report of our special correspondent in Zaporijia.

Maxar Technologies, the company that photographs the war in Ukraine from space. The horrors of war visible from space. A series of satellite images released Monday calls into question Russian claims about the Boutcha massacre, Ukraine. Accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Russia has so far claimed that the bodies of civilians found in the city were buried after its troops withdrew. Not counting the Maxar Technologies images that show the presence of bodies in the streets… since mid-March. And it’s not the first time since the beginning of the war that the American company, which specializes in satellite images, has been talked about. Our article.

Presidential Candidates: Free-running candidates mastered on social media. Battle of hashtags for Mélenchon and Zemmour, Le Pen, the happy influencer, Macron in quasi-partnership with Netflix, Jean Lassalle, who becomes a recognized tiktokeur. In the networks, the candidates duopolize the space with thousands of hashtags such as #LesfemmesavecZemmour or #Melenchonpresident. Meme cascades, arguments, post bludgeoning… Every candidate goes there from their little strategy to the campaign. “Libé” scrolls for you.

Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke, more two voices than one. In “Souvenirs de ma vie”, an enriched new edition of a book from 1908, his last companion underlines the desire for freedom of the famous animal painter, which also shows the search for respectability. Our reading tips.

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