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Aukus: France’s ambassador recall is ‘tip of the iceberg’, say analysts

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France’s historic decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia is far more than a diplomatic spat, analysts have warned. The move, in protest at Canberra’s surprise decision to cancel an order for French...

Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador as Aukus fallout predicted to last years

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Australia has said it “notes with regret” France’s extraordinary decision to recall its ambassador over the scrapping of a submarine contract – part of the Aukus military deal that experts said could damage relations ...

France’s high-speed TGV train enters service – archive, 1981

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From our correspondent in Paris22 September 1981 Seven months after setting the world’s rail speed record at 265 mph, France’s new superspeed train enters service today on what amounts to a Paris-Lyon Metro link. Pre...

Starmer’s caution has been politically disastrous – can he change course?

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This time last year, Keir Starmer was preparing to give his first conference speech as Labour leader to a near-empty room. Separated from the public due to social distancing measures and greeted with silence rather th...

France’s former health minister charged over handling of Covid crisis

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France’s former health minister Agnès Buzyn has been charged over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her. Buzyn has been cha...

Tax the wealthy to give care workers a pay rise, don’t raid ordinary workers’ pockets

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In a week’s time, the TUC will hold its 153rd congress in London. Shortly before I get up to give my annual address, a short film will be played of some care workers I met in Middleton, Grande Manchester, this summer...

If prisoners are to help with the UK’s labour shortages, they must not be exploited

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Food manufacturers have called on ministers to alleviate labour shortages by allowing them to employ prisoners. This comes as other firms, from hauliers to supermarkets, are also finding themselves short of workers fo...

Josephine Baker sarà la prima donna di colore ad entrare nel Pantheon francese

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I resti di Josephine Baker, un famoso ballerino franco-americano, cantante e attore che ha lavorato anche con la resistenza francese durante la seconda guerra mondiale, verrà spostato nel mausoleo del Pantheon a novembre, secondo t...

Why France’s well-travelled grapes conquered the world

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Whether it’s the Académie française taking its Canute-like stance against the waves of English words flowing into the French language, or chefs despairing at the prevalence of the “McDo” and the gastronomic mutant tha...

The reform of prisons has been my life’s work, but they are still utterly broken

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Nobody really cares about prisons. They are so far removed from the experience of most people and they are, apparently, full of horrid people. Di tanto in tanto, the media will run stories about rat-infested cells or suici...

Millions of destitute Britons rely on charity handouts, yet ministers feel no shame

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A decade ago, the emergence of mass food banks in the UK could genuinely be described as shocking. The image of families queueing in their local church for a box filled with pasta and beans has not only since been nor...

Ministers are forcing vulnerable people to shield again – with no support this time

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Boris Johnson dubbed today “freedom day”, but for many of the 3.8 million people in England who are clinically vulnerable, it will feel like anything but. With most of the remaining Covid restrictions lifted in Englan...

Google fined €500m by France’s antitrust watchdog over copyright

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France’s antitrust watchdog has fined Google €500m (£428m) for failing to comply with the regulator’s orders on how to conduct talks with the country’s news publishers in a row over copyright. The fine comes amid inte...

Frances Tiafoe stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas in first-round upset at Wimbledon

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It could be tempting to suggest that Stefanos Tsitsipas’s early exit from the men’s singles was an example of bad luck arriving in threes. He walked on to court as the No 3 seed and also the third-favourite with the b...

The Guardian view on France’s regional polls: democracy a big loser

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The morning after the final round of France’s regional elections, the two most likely contenders for the Élysée in next year’s presidential elections were left licking their wounds. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemble...

Burning Man di Frances Wilson recensione – incontra DH Lawrence alle sue condizioni

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Ogni inverno, DH Lawrence è sceso in uno stato di grave malattia. Entro Pasqua, come Cristo, è risorto. La tubercolosi di Lawrence si era manifestata per la prima volta quando era un adolescente; come in una favola del maschile ambivalente...

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