Criticism over Mr Macron’s belated decision to enact tougher measures came as the French government confirmed that these would include an alcohol ban in public places after scenes of crowds enjoying beers in parks and gardens in Paris and other big cities.
Headmaster caves in to pupils who burned Union Flag
A headteacher has caved in to students’ demands to take down the “racist” Union Flag outside the school. Last September, a Union Flag erected outside the school was reportedly ripped down and set alight by pupils, while the walls of Pimlico Academy were also vandalised with graffiti over the weekend, with messages including “ain’t no black in the Union Jack”. It comes as Boris Johnson’s most senior black adviser has quit Downing Street, as the Government defends its controversial report into race disparity. Samuel Kasumu, the Prime Minister’s special adviser for civil society and communities, resigned having previously claimed the Conservatives were pursuing “a politics steeped in division”.
Egyptians fear ‘curse of pharaohs’ in mummies parade
Egypt will hold a “golden parade” to rival a royal funeral procession this weekend as it transfers the mummies of ancient Pharaohs to a new showcase museum in Cairo. The preserved remains of 18 kings and four queens, all more than 3,000 years old, will be processed through the capital’s streets from 6pm on stylised gold barges on Saturday, accompanied by fireworks, fanfares and honorary salvoes of gunfire. But superstitious Egyptians on social media have suggested that moving the mummies will cast a curse on their country. Read on for details.
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Far-Right police officer | A Met Police officer has been found guilty of being a member of a banned neo-Nazi organisation. Pc Benjamin Hannam was a member of the extreme Right-wing group National Action, which was banned in 2016 for its white supremacist ideology, and is the first serving British police officer found guilty of terrorism offences. When he was arrested, police seized material including the manifesto written by the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.
Around the world: ‘Father of democracy’ faces jail
Nine veteran Hong Kong activists face jail after they were convicted today over their roles in an unauthorised assembly at the height of the protest movement that engulfed the city in 2019. The defendants feature some of the city’s most prominent and moderate pro-democracy figures, including distinguished barristers Martin Lee, 82, and Margaret Ng, 73. Mr Lee is known widely as the “father of democracy” and helped draft Hong Kong’s mini-constitution. Read on for details.