August 2, 2021

May in drawings

In May, the Covid-19 pandemic still held pride of place in the media, as did the clashes between Israel and Hamas, the hijacking of a Ryanair plane by the Belarusian regime or the parliamentary elections in Scotland. We have selected thirteen drawings, grouped according to the country of origin of the authors, to summarize the news of the past month.

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On Sunday 23 May, a Ryanair plane connecting Athens to Vilnius was intercepted by a Belarusian army fighter plane which forced it to land in Minsk. On board, Roman Protassevich, journalist and former editor-in-chief of the opposition media Nexta. The 26-year-old is arrested, along with his partner. The European Union and the United States immediately condemn this coup, call for “Immediate release” of the opponent and his friend and announce sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.

The case brings back memories of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing, downed by a Russian missile in July 2014, over Ukraine, killing 298 people. Moscow has always denied its responsibility.

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A controversial legacy. Napoleon is both the builder of modern France (with the Civil Code, in particular) and a man who led murderous military campaigns and reestablished slavery … At the time of celebrating the bicentenary of his death, on May 5, France remains divided.

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After five and a half years of absence, Karim Benzema, striker of Real Madrid, is recalled to the French team for the Euro football by the coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps. The player was dismissed in 2015 following his involvement in the sextape affair of his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

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Due to the appearance of a variant that is a priori more contagious, B.1.617, India has been facing an explosion of the Covid-19 pandemic since the beginning of April. Hospitals are overwhelmed, oxygen is lacking, despite help from the international community.

Drawing published in “one” of “Monde” on May 11, 2021, signed by the French designer Marie Morelle.

The general elections on 6 May strengthened the Scottish National Party and the Greens, two pro-independence parties, in the Parliament of Edinburgh. In view of the results, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister, has promised a new referendum on independence within two and a half years, a consultation deemed “Irresponsible” by Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister.

Drawing published in “one” of “Monde” on May 26, 2021, signed by the French designer Adene.

Nearly 8,000 Moroccans entered the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, in northern Morocco, on May 18, without the Moroccan police intervening. This intrusion occurs when the climate has become tense between Rabat and Madrid, since the reception, at the end of April in Spain, of the leader of the Saharawi separatists of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, for treatment. The conflict in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, for more than forty-five years.

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After the appointment of their leader for the legislative elections in September – Annalena Baerbock – German environmentalists are seducing public opinion. Several surveys give them for the first time in front of the conservatives of Angela Merkel in the voting intentions.

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Clashes between Israel and ruling Hamas in the Gaza Strip erupted on May 10 with rockets fired by the Islamist movement towards the Hebrew state – 4,000 in total – in “Solidarity” along with the hundreds of Palestinian protesters injured in clashes with Israeli police in East Jerusalem. At the origin of these demonstrations, the threat of expulsion of Palestinian families for the benefit of Israeli settlers in the district of Sheikh Jarrah. Israel responds by bombing the Palestinian enclave intensely. There will be 230 deaths among the Palestinians, twelve among the Israelis.

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On April 29, Emmanuel Macron announced the terms of exit from the third confinement, in several stages. The first, on May 19, saw the reduction of the curfew from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the reopening of the terraces of bars and restaurants, cinemas, theaters as well as shops closed since the beginning of April. The next easing of health restrictions are scheduled for June 9 and 30.

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US President Joe Biden waited for the announcement of the ceasefire between the Jewish state and Hamas, after eleven days of clashes, to speak officially. He said, on May 20, his “Sincere gratitude” to Egypt for its role in the negotiations. The head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, then went to Jerusalem and then to Ramallah, to renew ties with the Palestinian leaders, neglected by the Trump administration, as well as in Egypt and Jordan.

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The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, faced McFly and Carlito at the Elysee Palace during a “Anecdote competition”, relayed on the duo’s YouTube channel on May 23. This video from “Director of Gaul” facing the two YouTubers totaled more than 13 million views on Saturday, May 29.

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World Press Freedom Day took place on May 3. In April, the 2021 ranking by Reporters Without Borders, which assesses the situation every year, showed that the exercise of journalism is seriously hampered in 73 of the 180 states assessed, and restricted in 59 others, i.e. a total of 73% of the countries.

Find all the drawings published in “one” of Le Monde here.

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