“Alleged terrorism” in Spain, energy strike and departure of French soldiers from Burkina

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Spain wakes up this Thursday to the shock of a double machete attack the day before against two churches in Algeciras. The inhabitants of this city, located in the south of the country, will observe a day of mourning, when a sexton was killed and a priest injured. The prosecution opened an investigation for “presumed acts of terrorism” and the alleged perpetrator was arrested. The Ministry of the Interior, which specified that the facts took place shortly after 7 p.m., wished to emphasize for its part that it was “not possible for the moment to determine the nature of the attack”. The identity and nationality of the assailant have also not been disclosed.

The mobilization against the pension reform continues. As the national day of January 31 looms against the government’s text, the CGT calls for the strike to resume this Thursday, but also Friday, in refineries, power plants, ports and docks. It must be said that the employees of these sectors are particularly upset against the executive. Emmanuel Macron’s reform, which all the unions oppose and which will arrive in Parliament on Monday, would indeed lead to the abolition of special regimes at EDF or Engie. Production cuts in nuclear power plants and dams are therefore to be expected from this Thursday, warns Fabrice Coudour, federal secretary of the FNME-CGT, but they should not cause power cuts for the general public.

In the Sahel, the French military presence is once again called into question. Paris will withdraw its troops from Burkina Faso within “a month”, the French Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, after having been officially informed the day before by the junta of the denunciation of the defense agreements binding the two countries. Burkina currently hosts a contingent of nearly 400 French special forces, the Saber force. With this departure, the previous Malian is in everyone’s mind. After nine years of presence, the French soldiers indeed left the country last summer, pushed out by a hostile junta which appealed to the sulphurous Russian paramilitary company Wagner. Behind the scenes, however, the Burkinabe junta assures France that it does not intend to enlist the services of Wagner. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced on Thursday the recall of its ambassador to Burkina Faso “to conduct consultations” the day after the announcement of the withdrawal of troops.

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