Castex bids farewell, Elon Musk and Twitter, the EU takes out the checkbook for Ukraine: the info to remember this afternoon

The info not to miss

“The adventure ends” for Castex. The Prime Minister, who is likely to resign by Monday, invited his ministers to a dinner at Matignon on Thursday evening and issued a sort of political testament. “By their exceptional nature, these functions are due to no one. Whoever leaves them must not conceive of any bitterness, but on the contrary of recognition, ”said Jean Castex to his ministers.

Before passing the torch to the new Prime Minister, whose appointment is long overdue, the Prime Minister will go to the Vatican on Sunday to represent France on the occasion of the canonization of the priest Charles de Foucauld.

What else to remember

  • The EU will provide new military aid of 500 million euros to Ukraine. The head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, announced that the 27 would once again help Ukraine to defend itself against Russia. EU funding to support the Ukrainian military effort “will thus be increased to two billion euros in total” since the start of the war on 24 February. Follow all the news of the conflict in our direct.
  • Elon Musk suspends Twitter takeover. The boss of Tesla and the richest man on the planet announced Friday to suspend the takeover of Twitter pending details on the proportion of fake accounts on the social network. The group’s action plunged about 20% after this announcement in electronic trading before the opening of Wall Street.
  • Agreement with the banks after a 60% drop in Orpea’s profits. In the turmoil since the release of the book-investigation on abuse in its establishments, the group of private nursing homes announced on Friday that it had signed an agreement with its banks to ensure its financing in the face of the uncertainties weighing on the company. And this, after a plunge of nearly 60% of its annual net profit.
  • First Covid-19 death in North Korea. More than two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – at least 500 million contaminations and 2 million deaths worldwide – North Korea deplores the start of the epidemic on its territory and confines itself. The country announced its first death from the virus on Friday, while tens of thousands of people are currently “isolated and treated”. Researchers believe that this outbreak is linked to the national military parade.

The information that concerns you

Increase in the price of eggs due to avian flu. Industry professionals predict a (slight) price increase rather than shortages. Bird flu, which has caused the slaughter of three million poultry since November, will result in an increase of a few cents per box and four cents per egg for organic production.

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