In the press, this morning, the tribune of the former companion of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning the leaders of British football. And also: the warning against the forgetting of infectious and parasitic diseases, overshadowed by the coronavirus epidemic, but which are still sowing death in developing countries. And the tribute to the missing French actor Michel Piccoli.
On the front page of the Guardian, in the United Kingdom, the tribune of the former partner of Jamal Khashoggi, this Saudi journalist murdered at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, in October 2018. Hatice Cengiz warns of the possible takeover of the English club Newcastle United by a consortium managed by Saudi Arabia. “The Saudi regime has murdered my fiancé, we cannot allow him to buy Newcastle United,” she warns. “Mohamed Ben Salmane is trying to restore his image: if the Premier League allows it, his reputation will be tarnished forever”. Turkish and American intelligence agencies have blamed Jamal Khasoggi’s death on the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Still in the football section, although in a completely different register, I invite you to throw an eyelash at the New York Times, which reports on the apologies presented by FC Seoul. The South Korean club, which had the strange idea of having inflatable dolls to fill its bare stands – behind closed doors – said it was “sincerely sorry” for having put its supporters at ease.
Also on the front page of the press, the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which overshadows other infectious and parasitic diseases. “The attention paid to the Covid-19 pandemic puts in the background the fight against diseases hitting insecure populations, often deprived of social security coverage and access to quality health services”: the daily French L’Humanité cites diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. “In fact, the new coronavirus could even claim more collateral victims than direct victims,” the newspaper said. According to UNICEF, 6,000 children are at risk of dying every day in the next six months due to lack of access to care, prevention, vaccines, and food.
Finally, a word of tribute from the French press to actor Michel Piccoli. The “giant of French cinema” died on May 12 at the age of 94. “In love with Piccoli”: for Liberation, the actor had “the normalcy of a good family uncle and the charisma of a calculating prince, as brilliant in casualness as in love.”