Morning news brief: French presidential elections updates, Putin’s rumoured girlfriend appearance, and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, indiaUpdated: Apr 24, 2022, 11:01 AM IST
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Today, France faces the final showdown in its Presidential elections, voting is slated to begin on the French mainland in a few hours. In other news, President Vladimir Putin’s rumoured girlfriend Alina Kabaeva made her first public appearance since the Ukrainian invasion. Meanwhile on the occasion of World Book Day, Chinese President Xi pushed people to read more books.

After a turbulent campaign that saw the French far-right come close to winning power, France will vote in presidential elections on Sunday, with a stark choice between centrist President Emmanuel Macron and far-right opponent Marine Le Pen. Catch all the updates here.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's rumoured girlfriend Alina Kabaeva was seen in public for the first time since the Ukrainian invasion at Moscow's VTB Arena, reports claimed.

Chinese President Xi urged people to read more on the occasion of World Book Day as his book recommendations began trending on Chinese social media.

The Chinese president also asked Communist Party leaders to "take the lead in reading" and encouraged children to develop reading habits.

Even after a year of infection and subsequent hospitalisation, not even one in four people can report a full recovery. This indicates that the virus is here to stay and it is on its way to becoming a common condition.

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