an EU-China summit to dissuade Beijing from helping Moscow against Ukraine

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The European Union wants to persuade China to give up helping Moscow counter Western sanctions on Friday during a virtual summit where Beijing aims to revive its economic relationship with a Europe weakened by the war in Ukraine. Follow our direct.

  • 9:15 am: More than 6,800 Ukrainian students currently attend school in France

More than 6,800 Ukrainian children are currently enrolled in schools, colleges and high schools in France, mainly in the Nice and Versailles academies, the Ministry of National Education announced in a press release on Friday.

According to the latest figures from the “Ukrainian cell” based in rue de Grenelle and which works every day to anticipate the reception of Ukrainian children in French classes, 6,873 pupils arriving from Ukraine are currently housed in French classes. first and second year. .

These figures, stopped on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., are rising rapidly since Monday night, there were 5,266 Ukrainian students educated in France, a figure that had already “multiplied by 20 since March 8”.

The academies that welcome the largest number of Ukrainian students are those of Nice, Versailles, Grenoble and Lyon.

  • 8:47 am: “Russian forces continue to advance on Mariupol”

The spot on the ground with France 24 Ukraine correspondent Gulliver Cragg.

  • 7:49 am: Russian official accuses the Ukrainian military of attacking an oil depot in Russia

Belgorod region governor Vyacheslav Gladkov on Friday accused Ukraine of carrying out a helicopter attack on an “oil depot” in the western Russian city of Belgorod, forty kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

“A fire broke out in an oil depot due to an airstrike by two Ukrainian army helicopters that penetrated low into Russian territory,” he said on his Telegram account.

  • 6:30 am: An EU-China summit to dissuade Beijing from helping Moscow

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, speaking on behalf of the Twenty-Seven, will meet on Friday, April 1 by videoconference with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and then with President Xi Jinping. .

“The meeting will focus on the role that we encourage China to play in exerting all the necessary influence and pressure on Russia. This was not the initial purpose of the summit, it necessarily becomes such,” the French secretary of state said on Tuesday. for European Affairs. Clement Beaune affairs.

“In concrete terms, it is essential to know if China is using its influence to establish a ceasefire, humanitarian corridors” or “if it is helping Moscow to circumvent” the sanctions, increasing its purchases of hydrocarbons or through financial aid, explains a European officer.

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