Team of the Autumn Nations Series as an All Blacks midfield gets the nod : PlanetRugby

Following a captivating month of international rugby union that saw plenty of thrills and spills, we have now settled on our Team of the Autumn Nations Series. Planet Rugby features writer James While runs through those who made the side, which has a healthy mix of selections from the competing countries. However, there is no … Read more

Wife says Brit suspect in cocaine ‘super-cartel’ is innocent

The wife of a suspected British money launderer arrested in Spain as part of a cocaine ring bust says he is ‘totally innocent’.  A drugs ‘super-cartel’ that controlled a third of Europe’s cocaine trade was busted by police, with 49 arrests in countries including France and Dubai.  He is a married university graduate now working in … Read more

Man wins legal right to be ‘boring’ at work

A top French court has ruled that you cannot fire an employee on the grounds that he isn’t “fun” enough and won’t partake in work drinks and team-building activities, in what could be a landmark decision. Mr T, who has not been named, was a senior adviser for Cubik Partners, a Parisian management consultancy and … Read more

The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer himself … Read more

Germany wanted Ukraine to ‘fold’ at start of war, says Boris Johnson

He went on to accuse Emmanuel Macron of failing to anticipate the invasion.  “Be in no doubt that the French were in denial right up until the last moment,” Mr Johnson said of the French President’s response to the Russian troop build-up on Ukraine’s borders. Mr Macron has previously been criticised for pursuing a diplomatic … Read more

French refused to help sinking migrant boat before 27 died in Channel

They also pointed to the “inappropriate” behaviour of certain French personnel, notably the deputy director of the Griz-Nez coastguard who nicknamed himself Super Migrant on his iPad. In its defence, investigators said that the French coastguard was clearly totally swamped by the sheer number of small boat crossings and struggling to cope. Le Monde revealed … Read more

Australia has entered ‘nuclear confrontation’ with China, says Emmanuel Macron

France has re-ignited simmering diplomatic tensions with Australia after Emmanuel Macron warned that the country entered a “nuclear confrontation” with China by choosing to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. Speaking a year after Australia pulled out of a deal with France to build 12 conventional submarines – announcing that Britain and the US would be providing it … Read more

Why France is worsening Europe’s energy crisis

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, has set in motion the process to fully nationalise the company, which expects to take a €29bn (£25.2bn) hit to its profits this year due to the lower output. EDF, meanwhile, is suing the French government after Macron forced it to sell energy at a loss in January in an attempt … Read more

EU launches military training mission for Ukraine’s armed forces | Russia-Ukraine war News

Up to 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers will be trained in different European member states as a part of the assistance mission. The European Union has ramped up its support to Ukraine by launching a military assistance mission for Ukrainian troops, more than eight months after Russia invaded Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters … Read more

A bankers’ bromance – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — After years — some might say centuries — of bitter feuding, love may finally be blossoming across the English Channel. It’s still early days in the courting process, but senior officials in both Britain and France are daring to hope that a new … Read more