Month: Feb 2018
Henrik of Denmark, queen Margrethe II ‘s husband, who was never king, died on Tuesday, aged 83. Affected by insanity, he had been hospitalized at the end of January for a lung infection. His burial will be celebrated in the intimacy on February 20th.
« Goodbye Henrik”, titled the French daily newspaper Politiken, with a picture of the waving young prince. In front of Amalienborg, the winter residence of the royal couple in Copenhagen, unknown people put down flowers and drawings to honor his memory. The flags of all the palaces were half-mast. Return on his tormented life.
Born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat, on the 11 June 1934 in Talence, near Bordeaux, the young count married Margrethe in June 1967.
He became Henrik and converted to Denmark’s state Lutheran Church. However, he found it difficult to fit in with Denmark’s egalitarian lifestyle.
In the mid-1980s, Henrik publicly said he wanted a paycheck instead of relying on the queen, who gets annual allowances.
In a 2002 interview, Henrik again stunned Danes by saying he felt he had been pushed aside in his own home, not only by his wife but also by his son.
Since the first of January 2016, Henrik was retired, released of his official obligation which he honored variously according to his humor.
Last summer he publicly announced that he refused to be interred with his wife in the royal necropolis of the cathedral of Roskilde. Without the royal title, he deduced that he was not his equal in life.
On February 20th, Henrik of Denmark’s ashes will be dispersed in the Fredensborg castle’s garden, near Copenhagen.
Alexandre Jeanpierre, IEJ 3 C
Three days after Laura Smet’s decision to contest her father’s estate, a later testament confirms Johnny Hallyday’s last wishes to leave nothing to his children.
For the past three days, Laura Smet and David Hallyday, the elders of the late rock star, have been at the heart of celebrity news in France. The reason is that the singer’s children have announced their intention to contest in front of justice, their father’s testament written at his home in Marnes-la-Coquette in 2014, which disinherited them. After these comments in the media, which accused Laeticia Hallyday of being responsible for disinheritating, the singer’s wife has been indignant.
Yet, if the war between the two clans is far from over, the case just took a turn today. French media RTL has obtained three wills from Johnny Hallyday. If the first, established in Switzerland in 2011 and the second in April 2014 were known by the children of Johnny Hallyday, the one handwritten on July 2014, was totally unknown to them. This will, written in English while Johnny was in Los Angeles, said he would leave nothing to his children David and Laura. “They have already received their dues in the past,” wrote the singer.
By these writings, Johnny Hallyday gives the right to his wife Laetica, long disputed since the beginning of the case. The singer believes that he has sheltered his children during his lifetime and prefers to preserve his legacy for his underage daughters, Jade and Joy.
A 10-million-euro villa to share
In concrete terms, what are these famous amounts given by Johnny to his children? The document published by RTL reveals that the singer paid 442 000 euros to his daughter for the purchase of an apartment rue du Cherche Midi. Four years later, same story, this time rue Bonaparte. Laura Smet also received about 5,000 euros per month since 2004.
Regarding David, Johnny had left him in 2002 his share of Villa Montmorency. This share, estimated at the time at 3 million euros, is now estimated at 10 million euros. Thus, the singer had the feeling of having already been very generous with his first two children, not leaving them in need.
Sacha Rey, IEJ 3C
Seventeen people were killed in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. This attack is one of the deadliest school shooting seen in the US since 2012.
A football coach. An athletic director. And young students. Those are the victims, of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Since the attack, a lot of media have shown the survivor of the shooting. Students are mostly asked about what happened inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “I heard about six gunshots and then some people started running,” student Jeiella Dodoo told CBS News. “And then everyone started running because we were like, ‘If it’s real, then just run.’” Some of them decided to use the media to pay their respect to the victims, such as this student, paying a tribute to the teacher who saved her life:
The majority of them are devastated, but one feeling keeps coming up: anger. They are angry because even though the staff and teachers were told what to do in case of a gun attack, it could not prevent deaths. The shooting revived the debate over gun control in the United States, with families blaming congressional inaction for the massacre. Some of the students decided to tweet the United States government, about what it felt like to live this situation.
A candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the 17 people gunned down in the Florida school shooting has reduced the crowd of thousands to tears.
Sixtine Jacquemin IEJ 3C
Black Panther was released last Wednesday on our screens. And the least we can say is that this film with its exclusively black cast brings diversity in the Marvel’s universe.
Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright, the film is the first of its kind — a Marvel film led by a black director. Critics pointed out the importance of this diversity in today’s culture, particularly the film’s majestic portrayal of Africa following Donald Trump’s recent “s-hole” comments.
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as a king. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawning into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world in danger.
The film takes a long time to start but it is really worth it to wait for the entry of Erik Killmonger to see the amazing performance of Michael B. Jordan as the villain. Some say his evil play is among the best the Marvel’s universe has ever created.
But what has struck us most is the place of women in the film. Black Panther’s little sister Shuri, her bodyguard Okoye and her girlfriend are representations of strong and free women, giving Black Panther another huge positive message.
In brief, even if the film is a little long, Black Panther is a really unique blockbuster that deals with its themes (political or not) sometimes in a little simple way but always with great accuracy. And that’s what makes it so strong.
Mélissa Chatel Karras, IEJ 3C
“The disaster artist” is the latest movie directed by James Franco. The actor decided to tell the story of the absolute disaster The Room. The movie is famous for being bad, actually “the worst film of history” some might say.
Tommy Wiseau originally wrote, directed, produced and even played in The Room. It tells the story of Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class; they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
The Franco’s Brothers made this unique duo come to life for a second time, to explain how the worst film ever made was created. We don’t learn more about the mystery Tommy Wiseau. Where does his money come from? Where does he come from? We’ll probably never know. But we now know that the Franco brothers form a great and harmonious duo on screen. James Franco plays the weird Tommy Wiseau while Dave interprets Greg Sestero, the next great actor to be according to Tommy.
James Franco, thought his impressive act, doesn’t judge Wiseau or the other protagonist, he shows himself empathic and kind towards the famous fail artist. The Disaster Artist is an intelligent movie, with a director who tries to understand the complexity of his character. All along we don’t make fun of Tommy Wiseau, we laugh because Tommy Wiseau is funny, sweet and caring despite his weirdness… Thanks to the talent of Franco brothers.
Eloïse Sibony, IEJ 3C
A thirty-two-year-old woman died of measles on February 10th. The epidemic has been spreading in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in the South-East of France since November. This case occurs in a period of distrust toward vaccination.
“The only way to stop the epidemic is that the entire population rapidly verifies their vaccinations,” explains the Regional Health Agency of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in a release. The epidemic started at the university in Bordeaux where students didn’t have up-to-date vaccination.
In Bordeaux, where the epidemic started, less than 85% kids are vaccinated against measles. In order to prevent the epidemic, the rate of vaccination should grow to 95%. The Health Minister, Agnès Buzyn, asks all the people who are not up-to-date to do a “catch-up”.
But a lot of parents are unwilling to immunize their children. Among other things, French people are particularly receptive to all the conspiracy theories when health problems are concerned, explains the sociologist Gérald Bronner in an article of Science et Avenir. In fact, according to a research of Santé Publique France, 25% of French people are mistrustful about vaccination.
Contrarily to common ideas, the measles is not just a childhood disease. It can affect babies, children, and adults. This disease can destroy lungs and has only symptomatic treatments. It starts with the symptoms of a common cold and then red spots appear on body and face. The Health Minister asks to anyone with these symptoms to see a doctor.
Since January 2018, the French government mandate 11 vaccinations for children, in order to prevent other epidemic. Before, only 3 were compulsory. Parents will have three months to regularize their situation.
Héloïse Thebault, IEJ3C
In the center of Rome, a street collapsed to form a crater nine meters deep. Nine cars are damaged. The fracture extends over almost 15 meters long. The evacuation of houses nearby was committed.
In the district of Balduina, in the heart of the city, a street collapsed on Wednesday evening, to give birth to a crater nine meters deep.
— Simone Santucci (@simsantucci) 14 février 2018
At least six cars were bumped in the abyss. As indicate the medias, the fault extends in almost 15 meters long.
Two residential buildings were evacuated by security measures and fire brigades confirmed that nobody had been hurt in the accident.
The security guards continue to verify the other buildings nearby to estimate the damages in a preventive way. Having examined the situation on the scene, mayor of the city, Virginia Raggi, assured the evacuated inhabitants that a social housing would be attributed to them.
— Pino Maio (@pino_maio) 14 février 2018
The section of the road which collapsed was next to a building site, which according to the investigators, could be at the origin of the disaster.
It is not the first time a street collapses in the Italian capital. Less than a month ago, a 77-year-old woman walked on the pavement when she suddenly fell in a crater two meters deep.
Thomas HERREMAN, IEJ 3C
Two years ago, Joaquin « El Chapo » Guzman has been arrested by the Mexican police. The narco-trafficker will be judged in September but his lawyer said that he needed more money to defend him.
The former « powerful man » of Mexico is coming out of the shadows. 25 months after his arrest, El Chapo lives in a New-York City jail, in very strict conditions because he tried many times to escape from there. Seven months before his trial, his lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo and El Chapo himself lamented about their low defence possibilities. In fact, the narco-trafficker’s friends began to pay the lawyer, but they can’t pay all the fees. “I received a partial payment of the fees, but his friends can’t pay the rest,” said the lawyer.
The major issue is that Joaquin Guzman can’t speak to anybody outside of the jail, even to his wife, because of the very strict rules. So he can’t give any instructions about the fees payment, and it remains unsettled. “El Chapo” warned the Federal court of the United States, that his trial may be a “joke” without more money.
14 billion dollars
In more than 20 years at the head of the Sinaloa drugs cartel, “El Chapo” has collected more than 14 billion dollars, which makes him one of the richest men in the world. With this trial, the Federal court intends to recover a part of the booty. According to the lawyer, the trial should last approximately four months.
Pierre Zéau, IEJ3C
Almost forty researchers carried out a new study about Borneo’s orangutans. They found that these species are endangered.
Published on 15th February 2018 in Current Biology review, the study reveals that between 1999 and 2015, more than 100 000 Borneo’s orangutans died because of deforestation and poaching.
According to the researchers, “it’s an alarming observation.” Precisely it’s almost 148 500 orangutans who died in the island located in Southeast Asia. They blame forest and mining cultivation. Maria Voigt, researcher for Max Planck Institute in Germany said to AFP : “The decline of the orangutans population has been huge in these places where natural ressources are too exploited. These apes cannot survive outside of these areas. However, during the study, most of them died in wooded areas. That means poaching is the main cause of their disappearance.” She assures that the number of Borneo’s orangutans have decreased to 53% since 1999. Today there are between 70 000 and 100 000 still alive.
In February 2018, an orangutan has been found with bullets in his head. They also found marks of a machette.
Orangutan, which means: “Man of the forest”, is the biggest ape of Asia together with Sumatra’s orangutans. These two species are endangered according to International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2016.
According to researchers, if it continues, 45 000 Borneo’s orangutans could disappear by 2053.
Julien Coussy de Montella, IEJ 3C