Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Emmanuel Macron slapped in the face on walkabout


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French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face[1] today by a man in a crowd of onlookers while on a walkabout in southern France, video of the incident showed.

Mr Macron’s security entourage quickly intervened to pull the man to the ground and move the President away from him. He could be heard shouting out “Down with Macronia” (“A Bas La Macronie”) before he delivered the slap.

Two people were reportedly arrested in connection with the incident, which took place as Mr Macron met restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more about the incident[2] and watch it below.

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It comes as it emerged Brussels will battle for French fishermen[3] and their demands for improved access to UK waters in talks in London tomorrow.

Earlier, the EU threatened Britain with a sausage trade war[4] if grace periods for chilled meats are extended in Northern Ireland.

 James Crisp analyses whether Britain is ready[5] but Ambrose Evans-Pritchard sets out why Brexit Britain may soon have a new best friend in Germany[6].

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will meet Joe Biden on Thursday[7].

Dozens of big websites go down in mass online outage

Major websites were taken offline in the wake of a mystery outage that affected large parts of the internet[8] today. The gov.uk[9] website, Pinterest, Reddit and media outlets including the New York Times, Guardian and Financial Times were unavailable for around an hour, with users receiving an “Error 503 service unavailable” message. The issue was traced to a failure in a content delivery network run by Fastly, a cloud computing service provider. It has prompted questions about how reliant the world’s most popular websites have become[10] on a few firms.

The Bench review: Meghan’s bland parenting ‘wisdom’

The Duchess of Sussex has released a children’s book[11] inspired by the relationship between her husband and son. Meghan’s debut publication, called The Bench, also includes a nod to daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana, who was born on Friday. Yet the story has not impressed Claire Allfree, who gives it a one-star review[12], calling it a semi-literate vanity project that leaves Harry holding the baby. Marianka Swain reveals how shared personal experiences helped Meghan find illustrator Christian Robinson[13].

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Sarah Everard | A serving police officer has admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard – the marketing executive who went missing from Clapham Common. Wayne Couzens, 48, from Deal in Kent was arrested and charged with her kidnap and murder in March, and a trial was set for October. Her family were in court to hear the pleas at the Old Bailey[19].

Around the world: Harris tells migrants ‘do not come’

Kamala Harris, the US vice president, has bluntly warned migrants to not come[25] to the United States after she held “robust” talks with the Guatemalan president on fighting corruption to deter immigration from Central America. Since Joe Biden took office in January, the number of migrants taken into custody per month at the US-Mexico border has risen to the highest levels in 20 years. Read the vice president’s response[26].

Tuesday big-read

Euro 2021 – your definitive guide to the 24 countries


Your guide to Euro 2021

It may be a year late but the diamond jubilee of the European Championship still promises to be the exciting tournament Uefa envisaged. Read our complete guide to the 24 teams, featuring the squads, manager profiles, star players, tactics and their likely fates

Read the full guide[27]

Comment and analysis

Editor’s choice

  1. ‘Anti-anxiety drug’ | Why confidence is a cure for anxiety, depression and ageing[33]
  2. Hyundai Tucson review | The SUV that’s stress-free to use and own[34]
  3. Saving face | The battle of the suffragette statues[35]

Business and money briefing

Brutal cost cuts | Sadiq Khan is preparing to cut Tube and bus services, axe jobs and close departments at Transport for London as he scrambles to fill a gaping hole in the capital’s public transport budget. Details here[36].

Sport briefing

Haaland to Chelsea | Erling Haaland is believed to be interested in a move to Chelsea if the European champions can find a way of negotiating a deal with Borussia Dortmund – either for this summer or next[40].

Three things for tonight

And finally… for this evening’s downtime

‘Basingstoke has a better concert hall than London’ | Mark-Anthony Turnage, the Essex boy of opera and classical music, tells Louis Wise about Twitter spats, the demise of the City Symphony Hall[47], and his new song cycle for the Aldeburgh Festival.

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here[48]. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing[49] – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp.

References

  1. ^ slapped in the face (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ Read more about the incident (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ Brussels will battle for French fishermen (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ with a sausage trade war (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ whether Britain is ready (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  6. ^ may soon have a new best friend in Germany (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  7. ^ meet Joe Biden on Thursday (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  8. ^ mystery outage that affected large parts of the internet (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  9. ^ gov.uk (gov.uk)
  10. ^ how reliant the world’s most popular websites have become (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  11. ^ released a children’s book (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  12. ^ gives it a one-star review (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  13. ^ helped Meghan find illustrator Christian Robinson (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  14. ^ Rapid response teams at Indian variant hotspots (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  15. ^ Lowest level since before first lockdown, ONS finds (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  16. ^ US state offers free cannabis as vaccine incentive (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  17. ^ 1m issued as Britons told to holiday at home (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  18. ^ Five plans for travel that Grant Shapps has failed to deliver (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  19. ^ Her family were in court to hear the pleas at the Old Bailey (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  20. ^ How a fake messaging app snared criminal masterminds (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  21. ^ British twins were taken to ‘unsafe lagoon’ (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  22. ^ May not be sackable offence while off sick, judge rules (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  23. ^ £200m successor may be built abroad (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  24. ^ Apple iOS 15 update to mute work emails (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  25. ^ bluntly warned migrants to not come (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  26. ^ Read the vice president’s response (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  27. ^ Read the full guide (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  28. ^ The PM should be free to intervene in the culture wars (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  29. ^ May saw the Irish Protocol was toxic. Why couldn’t Boris? (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  30. ^ G7 deal tramples on the nation’s right to decide (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  31. ^ Home-working kills innovation and creativity (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  32. ^ Robinson’s show trial is cancel culture gone berserk (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  33. ^ Why confidence is a cure for anxiety, depression and ageing (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  34. ^ The SUV that’s stress-free to use and own (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  35. ^ The battle of the suffragette statues (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  36. ^ Details here (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  37. ^ Making this mistake could lead to a 55pc tax bill (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  38. ^ Amazon transforms home hubs and bells (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  39. ^ Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  40. ^ either for this summer or next (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  41. ^ Phil Foden’s haircut tribute to Paul Gascoigne (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  42. ^ Man Utd’s Donny van de Beek to miss tournament (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  43. ^ Every team’s home and away shirts ranked (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  44. ^ Intelligence, Sky One, 10pm and more of tonight’s TV listings (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  45. ^ The best garden games for all ages (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  46. ^ Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  47. ^ about Twitter spats, the demise of the City Symphony Hall (t.email3.telegraph.co.uk)
  48. ^ sign up to the Front Page newsletter here (secure.telegraph.co.uk)
  49. ^ The Briefing (playpodca.st)