December 4, 2022

World Cup 2022: news and buildup to France v Poland and England v Senegal – live

Latest news from Qatar before France v Poland at 3pm (GMT)Get in touch: email Daniel or tweet him with your thoughtsArgentina have also been celebrating after beating Australia 2-1. Lisandro Martínez, who came on as a second-half substitute for the Albiceleste, has tweeted: “Proud of this group. What passion, united as always we keep moving forward!”Having secured a spot in the quarter-finals, Van Gaal has also been talking up the Netherlands’ hopes of winning the tournament. “I think we have big chances here,” he said. “We still have three matches to go. I’ve been talking about this for a year. We can become world champions – not that we will – but we can. I am talking about team bonding, how we can build the strongest possible team and I derive pleasure from the group of players and, of course, performances and results.” Continue reading...
December 4, 2022

France v Poland: World Cup 2022, last 16 – live

Match at Al Thumama Stadium kicks off at 3pm GMT‘Let’s play ball’: Poland pray for more in last-16 tie against FranceShare your thoughts with Rob via emailI see Amélie Poulain’s been up to mischief againThe best way to achieve greatness is to retain something. Okay, not anything. Nobody put Modena in the pantheon when they won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1981 and 1982. But the World Cup, now that’s the ultimate. It has been retained only twice, by Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962, and no team has even come close since the turn of the century. Continue reading...
December 4, 2022

Biden attempts to restore America’s global standing with state dinner pageantry

Washington’s first such event since 2019 pulled out all the stops to heal relations shaken by the Trump presidencyIt was the night food porn returned to the White House. In a heated tent on the south lawn, political leaders, business titans and Hollywood stars feasted on butter poached Maine lobster, American Osetra caviar, calotte of beef with shallot marmalade, triple cooked butter potatoes and artisanal cheeses.Joe Biden, a teetotaller reportedly drinking ginger ale, and French president Emmanuel Macron, wielding a flute of California brut rosé, wore tuxedos and offered toasts to their friendship. “Et laisse-moi dire, vive les États-Unis d’Amérique, vive la France, et vive l’amitié entre nos deux pays,” Macron said. Continue reading...
December 4, 2022

What changes in France in December 2022

From the Christmas holidays to fuel grants, winter festivals, Olympic tickets and possible strikes - plus much more. Here's what changes in France in December 2022.
December 4, 2022

Blackouts, driving and admin: 6 essential articles for life in France

The possibility of power cuts this winter remains the topic du jour in France, so we look at how likely it is, plans the government has put in place and how you can stay informed. Plus, if and when you need to change your driving licence, Christmas dining in the French-style, and some important admin for Brits in France.
December 3, 2022

‘Let’s play ball’: Poland pray for more in World Cup last-16 tie against France

Despite reaching the knockout rounds for the first time since 1986, Poland’s one-sided defeat by Argentina has attracted criticism“Zagrajmy w piłkę” – “Let’s play ball”. That was the headline instruction, front and centre, on the Polish website on Thursday morning after the tense, chaotic conclusion to Group C the night before. Poland had stumbled into the last 16 of the World Cup with a performance so devoid of ambition that the domestic media coverage seemed more like a postmortem than a celebration of reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1986.It should have been a day of jubilation. Instead, there seemed to be a wide sense of embarrassment. “We will not tell our grandchildren by the fireplace years later about how the Polish national team progressed from the group at the 2022 World Cup,” wrote Dariusz Tuzimek for “When they ask about it, we’ll try to change the subject.” Continue reading...
December 3, 2022

Top French central banker in corruption probe

French prosecutors said Friday that they had opened a corruption investigation into top central banker Sylvie Goulard, who simultaneously stepped down from the Bank of France.
December 3, 2022

Inside France: Bread, disaster movies and the Macron-Biden 'bromance'

From bread to bromances, via disaster movies and French icons, our weekly newsletter Inside France looks at what we have been talking about in France this week.
December 2, 2022

‘Enough is enough’: wave of strikes led by ‘fantastic’ women, says Frances O’Grady

As she steps down, outgoing TUC general secretary says female workers’ jobs are undervaluedThis winter’s wave of strike action will be powered by “a generation of women who are saying enough is enough” because the critical jobs they do are undervalued, the outgoing TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, has said.As she steps down after a decade as the TUC’s first female figurehead, O’Grady said on Friday that thousands of women who worked on the frontline during the pandemic were now saying to ministers, “don’t take us for granted”. Continue reading...
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