President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said that France respects Britain's sovereignty but it is time to end rows over sausages and focus on more serious issues. "My wish is that we succeed collectively in putting into action what we signed several months ago," Macron told a news conference at the G7 leaders' summit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Macron during a meeting how he would feel if Toulouse sausage makers could not sell their products on Paris markets, drawing a comparison with northern Ireland sausage makers.
French European Affairs junior minister Clement Beaune said on Monday that current tensions over Brexit between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and the European Union were "a test" for Europe. The tensions between Britain and the EU threatened to overshadow the Group of Seven summit's conclusion on Sunday, with London accusing France of "offensive" remarks that Northern Ireland was not part of the United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make "one last heave" to freedom as he announces a delay of four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England. A government source has told Sky News the prime minister will dash hopes that Freedom Day will come in one week's time, on 21 June, and it will instead be postponed until 19 July. "It is one last heave," a senior source was quoted as saying after the prime minister met senior cabinet ministers and his scientific advisers.
Scots are kicking back against the SNP's "contradictory" Covid restrictions, a wedding industry boss has warned, as the new Health Secretary refused to provide any indication of when the country will move to the lowest level of lockdown. Duncan McConchie, chair of the Scottish Wedding Industry Alliance (SWIA), said "people are starting to throw caution to the wind" because of the lack of consistency in some of the restrictions. He raised the example of a couple getting married who have suggested
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Marine Le Pen sets sights on territory of traditional rightCôte d’Azur is among areas where French far-right leader seeks to make inroads in regional elections this month Marine Le Pen, the leader of Rassemblement National, is portraying regional elections as a launchpad for her third presidential bid. Photograph: Guillaume Souvant/Sipa/Rex