The Figaro Letter of May 18, 2020

On the program this Monday: Taiwan defies China, an interview with Henri de Castries, and the lessons of the “R” parameter.

Dear readers, hello!

In David vs. Goliath, the teenager managed to knock down the hero of the Philistines from a pebble launched with a slingshot. In 2020, Taiwan, 23 million inhabitants, rebels against its tutor China, 1.4 billion inhabitants. But since Asian geopolitics is not the Bible, the island has no chance of reversing the balance of power.

Apart from this dossier, the editorial by Yves Thréard follows in particular the information that upset your weekend: the departure of deputy Aurélien Taché from La République on the march. More seriously, some deputies from the left wing of the presidential party are considering setting up a dissident group in the hemicycle. This risks ending the absolute majority of LREM.

Good week,

Ronan Planchon, journalist at Figaro.

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Denouncing the blockade of China, Taiwan’s Minister of Health Chen Shih-chung (right) held a press conference on Friday in Taipei to appeal to the international community for renewal of observer status at WHO for his country. ANN WANG / REUTERS

It is the story of an island of 23 million inhabitants, better known for its religious temples than for its diplomatic blows, which decides to challenge

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