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93.8% success rate in the baccalaureate, after catching up

A slightly lower rate compared to 2020 which had been a record year (95.7%), announced on Saturday 10 the Ministry of National Education. For this second session largely disrupted by the Covid, the success rate in the general route is 97.6%, 94% in the technological series and 86.7% for the professional baccalaureate. In total, the percentage of baccalaureate holders in a generation this year stands at 83.1%.



The beginning of a murderous summer in Marseille

A 17-year-old girl was killed on the night of Thursday to Friday July 9 in Septèmes-les-Vallons by shots which a priori did not target her, but the front passenger of the vehicle where she was, “Very unfavorably known to the police services”, according to a union. In two weeks, six people were killed in homicides mostly apparently linked to drug trafficking. A “Outbreak” of violence in a trend “Clearly bearish” in the longer term, had insisted earlier this week the director of the southern zone of the judicial police, to AFP.



Carole Delga takes the head of Regions of France

Widely re-elected to the presidency of Occitanie in June, the socialist Carole Delga, 49, became on Friday July 9 the first woman to lead one of the three main associations of French elected officials, taking the head of Regions of France . She succeeds Renaud Muselier, LR president of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Paca), and has made “Decentralization” his hobbyhorse for his three-year term.



Adama Traoré’s brother acquitted

At the trial of the riots following the death of Adama Traoré in July 2016, his brother, prosecuted for shooting at the police, was acquitted. Two men were, however, sentenced. “Justice cannot do without proof, and this is what happened in the case of Bagui Traoré”, pinged the president of the court, questioning the police investigation. Detained for four and a half years, notably because of other convictions, Bagui Traoré has always claimed his innocence.



Assassination of Father Hamel, trial in February

The trial of four people in connection with the assassination of Father Jacques Hamel, in his church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime) in 2016, is scheduled before the special assize court of Paris from February 14 to March 11, 2022. The two attackers having been killed by the police, the four defendants are on the one hand the probable instigator (presumed dead in Syria), and on the other hand three men suspected of having been informed of the terrorist intentions of the authors, but not necessarily their specific project.


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