Catalonia. The two main banks in Catalonia, Banco Sabadell, and CaixaBank are threatening to transfer their seats elsewhere in Spain, while the court has forbidden a parliamentary session scheduled for Monday on independence. The pressure is constantly increasing. The Spanish Constitutional Court suspended the meeting scheduled for Monday in the Catalan Parliament, during which Carles Puigdemont, the regional president, was considering a unilateral declaration of independence. (Photo AFP)
Las Vegas. The Las Vegas shooter, who perpetrated the deadliest shooting in modern American history, presumably booked a hotel room in Chicago this summer, overlooking a park where the Lollapalooza music festival was held. Scouting, rehearsals or attempts aborted before his act on Sunday?
“Damn.” Emmanuel Macron “assumes on the substance” his remarks made in Corrèze while acknowledging that he would not have used “bordel”, a “familiar word”, within the framework of an official discourse.
Growth. INSEE has raised its growth forecast for 2017 in France to 1.8%, compared with 1.6% previously forecast, with an acceleration of exports and household investment by the end of the year and businesses. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase by 0.5% in the third and fourth quarters, allowing growth to accelerate over the year to 1.8%. This would be “never seen since 2011,” said Dorian Roucher, Head of the Insee’s Synthesis Business Division, at a press conference.
Justice. Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the commandos of 13 November 2015, imprisoned in France, could be “lent” to Belgium for a trial scheduled in Brussels in December, under an agreement between the two countries Thursday.
Battisti. A Brazilian judge placed on Thursday in pre-trial detention Cesare Battisti, an Italian far-left activist sentenced in his country for life for murder, a new episode of the diplomatic-judicial soap opera with Rome that demands his extradition for 25 years.