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18:19 : The mid-term elections, which continue in the United States, are taking place under high tension. Because of his political bets, but also because of the threats that have been directed at elected officials and electoral staff, and the number of Republicans who continue to challenge the result of the last presidential election lost by Donald Trump. Valentine Pasquesoone explains this explosive context to you.


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18:18 : It’s time for a new point in the news of the day:

• Americans are called to the polls for the midterm elections. According to the States, they will have to designate their representatives in Congress, but also elect their governor and their magistrates. Surveys whose bet is crucial for the continuation of the mandate of Joe Biden. Polling stations are open.

• Opposition deputies and the NGO Anticor accuse the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, of conflict of interest after the revelations of the Disclose media outlet. The latter reported “false and slanderous accusations”.

• The Marseille prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation after the letter from Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricardwho yesterday recognized a behavior “objectionable” with a 14-year-old girl, 35 years ago.

• Seven lines of the Paris metro will not operate on Thursday, as a result of a strike within the RATP, announces the company. Another seven lines will be heavily disrupted and should only run during peak hours.

17:28 : Joe Biden and his administration will remain committed to climate change regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections held today in the United States, assures his Climate Envoy, John Kerry, at COP27. “Most of what we do cannot be changed by anyone who crosses our path”he argues, as Democrats could lose their edge in both houses of Congress.

18:04 : I remind you of the main information for this Tuesday:

• Americans are called to the polls for the midterm elections. According to the States, they will have to designate their representatives in Congress, but also elect their governor and their magistrates. Surveys whose bet is crucial for the continuation of the mandate of Joe Biden. The first polling stations have been opened.

• The Marseille prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation after the letter from Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricardwho yesterday recognized a behavior “objectionable” with a 14-year-old girl, 35 years ago.

• Opposition deputies and the NGO Anticor they accuse the Minister of Ecological Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher of conflict of interest after revelations from the Reveal medium. It reports that the minister’s children benefit from a company created by her father, a former executive of the Perenco oil group.

13:48 : In the United States, election ads are far from being as closely supervised as in France. Before the midterm elections, the candidates competed with television messages to convince voters. Democrats have responded to the classic portraits of Republicans with guns in hand defending the possession of weapons with numerous spots highlighting the consequences of the abortion ban.

12:55 : Polling stations opened in the eastern United States at 6 am (noon in France) for this mid-term election day. Of course, they will open later in a part of the country, which is not in the same time zone (it is 3:50 am in California). Furthermore, not everything is decided today: more than 40 million voters have already voted in advance.

14:14 : It’s noon, time to take stock of the news:

Americans are called to the polls for the midterm elections. Depending on the States, they will have to designate their representatives in Congress, but also elect their governor and magistrates or even vote in local referendums. The first polling stations opened at 5 am local time in Vermont. Follow this voting day in our direct.

The CGT invites again to strike and demonstrate on Thursday, for salaries and pensions, taking advantage of a long-planned mobilization day in the RATP that should generate major transport disruptions in the Ile-de-France region. More accurate forecasts are expected later in the day.

October 2022 was the hottest month on record in Europe, after a record summer, according to the European climate change service Copernicus. The average temperatures were “nearly 2°C above the 1991-2020 reference period.”

Cases of sexual abuse continue to shake the Church. Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, in a letter read by Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the French Conference of Bishops (CEF), admitted having “misconduct with a 14-year-old girl”. The events, according to the former Archbishop of Bordeaux from 2001 to 2019, took place “35 years ago, so [qu’il] he was a parish priest”. Explanations.

10:58 : “Over the last six months, applicants have come in greater numbers, but also more frequently. While some have only come occasionally, for emergency aid, there is a chronic dependency on food aid.”

Gasoline, electricity, food, rent… With prices skyrocketing, some Texans sink into precariousness. To get fed up, more and more people go to the distributions of associations such as the Food Bank.

10:58 : Voting day in the United States. In recent months, the economy has been the main concern of American voters, as inflation reached its highest level in 40 years. With the midterm elections approaching, I went to meet residents affected by the rising cost of living in Austin, the capital of Texas.

Volunteers from the Central Texas Food Bank load packages into a car, on Oct. 25, 2022, during a distribution in Austin.  (MARIE-VIOLETTE BERNARD / FRANCEINFO)(MARIE-VIOLETTE BERNARD / FRANCEINFO)

11:39 : According to Gérard Araud, French ambassador to Washington from 2014 to 2019, if the US president loses his majority in Congress during the midterm elections, “It’s the end of Joe Biden’s useful term, he will be largely doomed to inaction.” His analysis can be found here.

11:39 : It’s 9 o’clock! Let’s take a look at the news:

Americans are being called to the polls in crucial midterm elections for the political future of Joe Biden and Donald Trump. The Democratic president called on the country to “defend democracy” when his Republican predecessor promised a “very big ad” next week, suggesting a new attempt to gain access to the White House.

Lightning in the Church: the episcopate revealed yesterday that eleven former bishops had had to face civil or Church justice for sexual violence or the “no complaint” and revealed behavior “objectionable” of the former Archbishop of Bordeaux, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard.

Cement, aluminium, steel, fertilizers, sugar or fuels… In the midst of a world climate conference in Egypt, the leaders of the fifty French industrial estates with the highest CO2 emissions are invited to the Elysée Palace to examine the means to continue producing in France, without heating the planet.

the car manufacturer Renault is about to take a historic turn with the creation of two subsidiaries: Ampere, focused on its electric future, and Horse, which brings together its thermal engine activities abroad.

A great ending. Caroline García closed 2022, the year of her spectacular rebirth, with a fourth title, “the most beautiful of [sa] career”at the Forth Worth WTA Masters, becoming the second French woman to achieve this feat after Amélie Mauresmo.

11:39 : A big test, two years before the next presidential election. Americans are called to the polls today, for the traditional midterm elections. During these partial periods, they must express themselves in referendums, sometimes elect their representatives in local assemblies and, above all, designate their elected representatives in Congress. I summarize the topics of this voting day.

United States President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on Oct. 10, 2022. (ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)(ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)

11:39 : Let’s take a look at the press side. Almost every national newspaper covers the midterm elections in the United States.

11:40 : For his part, Donald Trump promised last night during his campaign rally in Ohio to make a “very big ad” next week, Tuesday, November 15, aware that a victory for his lieutenants could offer him the ideal springboard for a presidential candidacy in 2024.

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11:40 : Joe Biden and Donald Trump are playing big today in the midterm legislative elections, which will be decisive for the rest of the Democratic leader’s term and the ambitions of the Republican billionaire. During his meeting yesterday in New York, Joe Biden said to himself “optimistic”, while acknowledging the difficulty of maintaining control of Congress.

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11:40 : We start with a point in the news:

Seventeen years after Amélie Mauresmo, Lyonnaise Caroline Garcia won the WTA Masters for the first time in her career, beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the final in Fort Worth, Texas (7-6, 6-4). A triumph that closes a season in the form of a rebirth.

Americans are called to the polls today in a crucial midterm election for the political future of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, which keeps their candidacy in 2024 less and less in suspense. Representatives, a third of the Senate and a multitude of local elected positions are up for grabs.

Cement, aluminium, steel, fertilizers, sugar or fuels… In the midst of a world climate conference in Egypt, the leaders of the fifty French industrial estates with the highest CO2 emissions are invited to the Elysée Palace to examine the means to continue producing in France, without heating the planet.

Eleven former bishops have been “challenged” before civil justice or the justice of the Church for allegations of sexual violence. Olivier Savignac, a member of the association Parler et revivre, reacted to these new revelations: “We felt that there are cases that would come out and that would undoubtedly concern the bishops, but we did not think about that”he said into the franceinfo microphone.

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