Joe Biden salutes an “extraordinary leader” who made “a safer world”

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07:59 : Doubt, @Mark. The President of Russia, who thinks that the loss of the USSR is “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” in XXe century, contented itself yesterday evening with its declaration “deep condolences” after the death of Mikhail Gorbachev.

07:57 : And Putin, he answered?

07:25 : When Mikhail Gorbachev said on French television that “Putin’s power is authoritarian”… March 2012, the former Soviet leader was the guest of “20 hours” on France 2 presented by Laurent Delahousse. Here is the sequence:

07:16 : The late-night announcement of Mikhail Gorbachev’s death forced some newspapers to “break their front page”, as they say. In other words, they had to change everything, very quickly, before sending it to the printer. Here is a small selection, French and foreign:

Front page of The Guardian (UK)

Portada de El Mundo (Spain)

07:21 : The answer is no, @gil. Before his death, Mikhail Gorbachev did not speak publicly about this conflict. He had been very ill in recent years, and was therefore very weak.

06:26 : Gorbachevreaction to war?

06:25 : I was saddened to hear of Gorbachev’s death. I have always admired the courage and integrity he displayed in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful conclusion. During Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, his tireless commitment to opening up Soviet society remains an example to us all.

06:24 : On closer inspection, Boris Johnson is the only one of the leaders to make the link to the current war in Ukraine. In a tweet, the British Prime Minister said he was impressed “courage and integrity” by Mikhail Gorbachev. “In a time of Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, his tireless commitment to open Soviet society remains an example for us all”he wrote.

06:20 : Mikhail Gorbachev is a trusted and respected leader. He played a key role to end the Cold War and bring down the Iron Curtain. It paved the way for a free Europe. This legacy is one we will never forget. RIP Mikhail Gorbachev

06:20 : US President Joe Biden greets a “extraordinary leader” is allowed “a safer world”. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted “a trusted and respected leader”, WHO “Played a key role in ending the Cold War and bringing down the Iron Curtain”, and that “paves the way to a free Europe“.

06:15 : My condolences for the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, a man of peace whose choices opened the way to freedom for the Russian people. His commitment to peace in Europe changed our common history.

06:34 : Since the announcement of the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, there has obviously been a shower of tributes (you can see them all in our live broadcast). At midnight Emmanuel Macron, for example, greeted Twitter a “a man of peace whose choices opened the way to freedom for the Russian people. His commitment to peace in Europe changed our common history”.

(VITALY ARMAND / AFP)

07:06 : Like every morning, it is with the reminder of the news that we start the day:

He was the last leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. Mikhail Gorbachev died at the age of 91 in Moscow, “after a long and severe illness”. The international political class reacted to the disappearance of the Nobel Peace Prize, starting with Vladimir Putin who declared himself “deep condolences”.

Imam Hassan Iquioussen, whose dismissal was confirmed by the Council of State, could not be found. His house was searched in Lourches (North). The preacher was placed on the wanted list.

A day before students, back to school this morning for 850,000 teachers, including 3,000 contract workers called in to make up for staff shortages.

Back-to-school seminar also for members of the government. Emmanuel Macron and Elisabeth Borne brought them together this morning to set the strategy for the coming months against a backdrop of climate emergency, energy peace and defense of purchasing power.

Finally Saturday (8:17 pm Paris time) and not Friday that NASA will try again to launch a new mega-rocket for the Moon. The first attempt on Monday failed due to a technical problem.

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