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On the front page of Thursday, June 23, Emmanuel Macron’s first speech after the legislative elections deciphered by the French press, the political imbroglio in Israel and the fiftieth birthday of one of the most famous footballers in the world, Zinedine Zidane.

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Whatever the political sensitivities of the French press, the conclusion is bitter. Release speaks of a completely “overwhelmed” president, unable to overcome the political crisis after his failure in the legislative elections. “Emmanuel Macron has proven that he absolutely did not understand the message of the French”, writes the editorial. He is in “denial” of the situation after he rejected the responsibility for a possible blocking of the institutions on the political opposition groups.

This is precisely “what not to do”, Write the Figaro. “You must not discard yourself on your opponents”, “the time has come for clarity and responsibility”, writes the newspaper. We must “change everything”, starting with the style of the presidency which can no longer be vertical, concludes the newspaper.

The foreign press is not kind to the French president either. The German daily die Tageszeitung shows a president whose pedestal is crumbling. After his re-election, Emmanuel Macron thought that the legislative elections would only be a formality, writes the newspaper. Except that he had forgotten that the French had voted “against Marine Le Pen and not for him”.

Israel is also going through a serious political crisis. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s grand coalition, in power for a year, has collapsed. New elections should be held in the fall. His replacement, Yaïr Lapid, former journalist and strongman of this coalition, should not succeed in redressing the country, assures Israel Hayom. According to the daily, if he places himself rather in the center left of the political spectrum, his coalition is strongly marked by the right, which will make the country ungovernable.

In this context, who is in ambush? Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose voracious appetite for power is no secret, recalls Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. For a year, as leader of the opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu has not stopped hitting the government coalition to better bring it down, according to Ha’aretz. For the left-wing daily, the next elections will be the scene of a “bloody” boxing match between the leader of Likud and Yaïr Lapid.

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Afghanistan which caused at least a thousand deaths, the delivery of humanitarian aid represents a problem because of the international sanctions which target the Taliban regime. “Will Afghanistan’s call be heard?” asks the Swiss daily, Time. The British daily Tea Guardian recalls that if the country is so helpless in the face of the disaster, it is because of the international isolation of Afghanistan that occurred after the return of the Taliban to power last summer. Afghan leaders have called on the international community to override sanctions to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. But, since the beginning of the year, the various appeals to help the country in the face of drought and the collapse of the economy have remained almost unanswered.

50 years right! It deserved a special issue of The Team who proposes 16 pages of exclusive interview with Zinedine Zidane, former player of the French team and Real Madrid. The opportunity for him to look back on his career as a player and coach. And then, the answer to the question that all Parisian supporters ask themselves: will he be the next coach of Paris Saint-Germain? A priori no. Even if he does not close the door to Paris in the future, Zinedine Zidane does not hide his preference to become the next coach of the France team.


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