A boat for Ukraine, pro-abortion demonstrations, ISS… The 5 news you will hear about tomorrow

6:30 p.m., September 27, 2022

1 – A French boat for Ukraine

Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna today saw the consequences of the Russian bombings in Hostomel, near kyiv.

(Efrem Lukatsky/AP/Sipa)

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, will travel to Marseilles on Wednesday to attend the departure for Ukraine of the Ro-Ro Aknoulof the freight company CMA CGM, with more than 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid on board.

The launch of this operation, the day after the third visit of the head of French diplomacy to kyiv, fulfills the promise made by Emmanuel Macron on August 24on the occasion of the sixth month of war in Ukraine, to send massive civil security, medical and emergency rehabilitation aid to the country. Catherine Colonna was joined in kyiv by the President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, came to show France’s solidarity with the Ukrainian population.

The boat should arrive within three weeks in the Romanian port of Constanta, on the shores of the Black Sea. Trucks will load the freight to take it by road to the Chernihiv region, north of kyiv and near the Belarusian border, severely destroyed by the Russian army at the start of the war.

2 – Pro-abortion demonstrations everywhere in France

Paris, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Puy-en-Velay… Demonstrations for the defense of the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG) will take place Wednesday in many cities at the call of a group of 70 associations and unions.

On the occasion of the international day for the right to abortion, these organizations demand effective access to abortion, a right too often hampered and unequally applied in the territory, with the reopening of local centers and more means to finance them. Another demand: the publication of the decree authorizing midwives to perform instrumental abortions, provided for by the Gaillot law of March 2022.
On the eve of this mobilization, the High Council for equality between women and men came out on Tuesday in favor of including the right to abortion in article 1 of the Constitution.

It is also Wednesday that Family Planning will launch a website intended to provide reliable information on abortion to counter anti-abortion discourse. To find out more, read our article

3 – The director general of the police defends his reform before the senators

The fact-finding mission on the organization of the judicial police, launched in mid-September by the Senate law commission, begins its work on Wednesday with the hearing of Frédéric Veaux. The director general of the national police will come to defend the project of reform which aims in particular to place all police services at department level – intelligence, public security, border police and judicial police – under the authority of a single departmental director of the national policedepending on the prefect.
Criticized by a large part of the judicial world (prosecutors, lawyers, etc.), this reform arouses an unprecedented rebellion, particularly in the ranks of the judicial police, when it is supposed to come into force next year.

4 – Luc Besson accused of rape: Belgian justice rules

Dissatisfied with the investigation carried out in France following her rape complaint against director Luc Besson filed in 2018, actress Sand Van Roy filed a complaint last April in Bruges (Belgium). An examining magistrate was seized at the court of Bruges, and the Belgian justice must decide on Wednesday as to the follow-up to be given to this file.
In May, the French justice confirmed on appeal the dismissal in this case. A cassation appeal is pending. Sand Van Roy denounces a digital anal rape, when Luc Besson speaks of a consensual relationship.

5 – “Without filter”, the Palme d’Or on the bill


Charlbi Dean Kriek and Harris Dickinson, in Unfiltered.

(Platform Production)

This is the must-see movie of the week! Ruben Östlund draws Without Filterhis new vitriolic satire which earned him a second Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival, after the one taken down for The Square in 2017. The terrible child of Swedish cinema delights in telling the turbulent story ofa cruise on a luxury yacht with billionaires on board, which turns into a nightmare when a storm breaks out at sea… He torpedoes the world of fashion and the ultra-rich with a tasty jubilation, crunching with ferocity, causticity and a touch of madness the failings of his contemporaries, through the portrait of a couple of models and influencers. Everything goes through the mill of the cheeky director: the dictatorship of youth and appearances, the condescension of the wealthy and the cynicism of those who serve them, the war between sexes and classes. A delightfully amoral fable that practices transgression with impunity, and engenders cathartic laughter by exploding taboos and probing the complexity of human psychology.
Read also: With “Without filter”, Palme d’or in Cannes, Ruben Östlund sets fire to a luxury cruise

It makes us happy: A European captain of the ISS

Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station in June.


This is a first for a European female astronaut: from Wednesday, Italian Samantha Cristoforetti, 45, will take command of the International Space Station (ISS).

The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, from the same “class” as Thomas Pesquet, has been on board since the end of April, as head of operations for the American orbital segment, as part of the Minerva mission. In July 2021, this engineer and fighter pilot had already been the first European woman to carry out an extravehicular exit.

On Wednesday, she will succeed Oleg Artemyev, the Russian cosmonaut who has been at the helm of the ISS since the end of April. He will give her a symbolic key during a handover ceremony broadcast live on Web TV
of the ESA.

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A boat for Ukraine, pro-abortion demonstrations, ISS… The 5 news you will hear about tomorrow