Forgotten by the media for several weeks, the Covid epidemic is back in the news with the BA.4 and BA.5 variants taking hold in France, after their breakthrough in Portugal in particular.
For almost 40 years now, the far right has been a fixture in the French political landscape. The Rassemblement National (RN) obtained - with 89 seats - a resounding success in the legislative elections of 12 and 19 June, after the qualification, for the second time in a row, of Marine Le Pen for the second round of the presidential elections of 10 and 24 April 2022.
The results of the presidential election led many observers to believe that France would be divided into three poles: a governing centre, a right-wing grouping its conservative and extremist currents, and a left-wing grouping mostly its radical pole.
In the regions of Kiev, such as Boutcha, or Marioupol in particular, the recent discovery of mass graves has caused horror. The Ukrainian authorities have announced the massacre of hundreds of civilians by the Russian army, which the Kremlin denies.
Everything seemed new in Marine Le Pen's third presidential campaign. In ten years, she has seen her vote capital grow from 6,421,426 in the first round in 2012 to 7,678,491 (then 10,638,475 in the second round) in 2017, and finally to 8,136,369 on 10 April.
How can we decipher the map of the communes that placed Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the lead in the first round of the presidential election? The good results of the Insoumis candidate, particularly in working-class neighbourhoods - for example 93% in Seine-Saint-Denis as well as in other regions - question the way in which the major metropolises reacted to the elections and illustrate a deep political divide, which civic and political action can analyse.