With Macron’s party now possessed of a parliamentary majority his coalition ally Bayrou can be dispensed with so a convenient “scandal” turns up.
The proposal Britain should adopt a ‘soft Brexit’ would leave Britain an economic vassal of the EU exactly analogous to Ukraine. In reality it is desired neither by the EU nor the leaderships of the two major parties in Britain. The only issue is to negotiate the transitional arrangements leading to ‘hard Brexit’.
ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi’s death in a Russian air strike would be a devastating blow to ISIS if true, calling into question his claim to be Caliph and ISIS’s claim to be the Islamic State. However it is not confirmed and there are some indicators that may argue against claims of his death being true.