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Kanye West dropped surprise album on Christmas Day with Emmanuel EP

Kanye West made a shock return to music on Christmas Day with the surprise release of a brand new EP.

The 43-year-old rap superstar unleashed a 12-minute, five track, extended play album titled Emmanuel and presented by his Sunday Service Choir and produced by the self proclaimed music “genius.”

Kanye’s gift to fans was said to be a “celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ” as well as a collection of choral music which was described as: “ancient and Latin inspired new music.”

Emmanuel means “God is with us” and in the bible, Isaiah 7:14, makes an abridged run-down of the classic Nativity story.

Kanye West and his Sunday Service Choir released new music on Christmas Day

The verse states: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmanuel…”

The EP has five tracks, titled: Requiem Aeternam, O Mira Nox, O Magnum Mysterium, Puer and Gloria and is available via Spotify and Apple Music.

Last year, Kanye released a Christmas EP titled Jesus Is Born which debuted at No 2 on the USA’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

Kanye fans have been gagging for new music all year

While the rapper’s album, Jesus Is King, was released in October 2019.

Fans of Kanye have been frothing all year for new music – thanks to the rumour that his tenth studio album, Donda, was due to be released this year.

The record had been expected to be released in July – but failed to materialise.

Kanye has nonetheless had a busy year – with a failed presidential election campaign that kicked off in July.

While on Christmas Eve, fellow musician Playboi Carti unleashed a new album of his own titled Whole Lotta Red – with rap fans stunned to hear Kanye featured on a track titled Go2DaMoon.

Fans argued Kanye made the track, with many taking to Twitter to argue West was “carrying” the entire two-minute track.

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Kanye West releases surprise Christmas Day EP called Emmanuel a year after dropping Jesus Is Born

Kanye West releases surprise Christmas Day EP Emmanuel … a year after dropping album Jesus Is Born

Kanye West has released a new EP titled Emmanuel on Friday to coincide with Christmas Day.

The 43-year-old star worked with his Sunday Service Choir on the five-song, 12-minute recording, which comes a year after he dropped the surprise album Jesus Is Born.

West said in a statement that the new EP was ‘inspired by ancient and Latin music’ and ‘celebration of the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ.’

The latest: Kanye West, 43, has released a new EP titled Emmanuel on Friday to coincide with Christmas Day. He was snapped in NYC last year 

The Grammy-winner served as composer and executive producer on the EP, which includes a choral track dubbed O Magnum Mysterium, a Christian prayer called Requiem Aeternam and the hymn Gloria.

The Bound 2 singer last year began showing his religious side with his weekly Sunday Services, which took place in locales ranging from Los Angeles to New York City to Chicago.

Last Christmas, he released the album Jesus Is Born, which featured 19 songs over 84 minutes and collaborations with artists including Ant Clemons, Fred Hammond and Kenny G with Timbaland and Mike Dean pitching in on production.

West last year expounded on his faith after Drake questioned how long he’d be doing religious music on the podcast Rap Radar last December, saying, ‘God bless him on his new journey, but I don’t even know if he’s ever going to make secular music again or not … I don’t know.’

West performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California in October of 2019

West performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California in October of 2019 

West was snapped last November at a service at Houston's Lakewood Church

West was snapped last November at a service at Houston’s Lakewood Church

At a subsequent Sunday Service West said that he takes offense ‘when somebody calls me secular,’ noting all of the charitable endeavors he was involved with.

‘Y’all can look at the domes that we was building, affordable homes, y’all call that bizarre,’ he said. ‘Y’all can take the picture of me painting it silver, y’all can call that what y’all want. 

‘But don’t call me secular ’cause secular is trying to say that I’ll do anything for anyone other than Christ. That’s where they got it messed up. That’s where they got it twisted.’ 

Emmanuel is available on iTunes and Spotify. 

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Emmanuel Frimpong tells Arsenal to bring back Wenger to sort out club crisis

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has urged the Gunners to reappoint Arsene Wenger as manager to rectify the club’s gloomy predicament.

Arsenal have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games and sit 15th in the table, four points above the drop zone and on the cusp of a relegation battle.

There was yet more bad news for the Gunners as they were soundly beaten 4-1 at the Emirates by Manchester City in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The result led to even greater speculation on Mikel Arteta’s future as Arsenal manager ahead of another challenging clash against fifth-place Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups

Arteta enjoyed a fantastic first season as Gunners boss, leading the club to FA Cup glory just eight months after his appointment last December.

He also overcame Premier League champions Liverpool to clinch the Community Shield, but results this campaign mean his future hangs in the balance.

Frimpong – who graduated from Arsenal’s academy in 2011 – hopes Arteta can turn things around in north London, but admitted he would “take Arsene back”.

Wenger managed Arsenal for 22 seasons, winning 10 major honours, and Frimpong claims his experience and stature would help lift the Gunners out of their current slump.

“I hope it does work out with Mikel, but I would take Arsene back due to his experience,” the former Ghana international told PlayOJO .

“He has the capability of bringing very good players in because he has the respect and he would attract very good players.

“However, I don’t think Arsene has any intention of coming back to Arsenal as a manager.

“We just need to move forward we what we have and that is Mikel and I believe he is good enough for the job.”

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Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating day after hugging Portugal’s PM

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating.  

The 42-year-old took a test ‘as soon as the first symptoms appeared,’ the Elysee Palace said in a brief statement on Thursday morning.

Mr Macron, who joins Britain’s Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump in a growing list of world leaders who have contracted Covid-19, will isolate for seven days but plans to continue running the country via video conference. 

Frantic contact tracing is now afoot as the president has been centre stage in Brexit negotiations and only yesterday embraced the Prime Minister of Portugal in Paris.

Mr Johnson, who has been snubbed by Mr Macron on face-to-face Brexit talks, tweeted: ‘Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery.’ 

WEDNESDAY: French President Emmanuel Macron with Prime Minister Of Portugal Antonio Costa, 59, at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday

FRIDAY: Macron in a diplomatic scrum with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), uropean Council President Charles Michel (centre) and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (right)

FRIDAY: Macron in a diplomatic scrum with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), uropean Council President Charles Michel (centre) and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (right)

MONDAY: Macron (second from left) meets with dignitaries for a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: European Council President Charles Michel, Secretary General Angel Gurria, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, and UNESCO general director Audrey Azoulay

MONDAY: Macron (second from left) meets with dignitaries for a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: European Council President Charles Michel, Secretary General Angel Gurria, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, and UNESCO general director Audrey Azoulay

MONDAY: French President Emmanuel Macron pats Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the back as he arrives for work at the palace on Monday

MONDAY: French President Emmanuel Macron pats Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the back as he arrives for work at the palace on Monday

MONDAY: Macron shakes hands and holds 70-year-old Angel Gurria, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, on Monday at the palace

MONDAY: Macron shakes hands and holds 70-year-old Angel Gurria, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, on Monday at the palace

LAST THURSDAY: Macron speaking with the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen amid tense Brexit discussions - the virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days

LAST THURSDAY: Macron speaking with the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen amid tense Brexit discussions – the virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, speaks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, during a round table meeting during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on December 10

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, speaks with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, during a round table meeting during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on December 10

Mr Macron with his wife welcoming the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the palace on December 7. Mr Macron's 67-year-old wife Brigitte has also gone into isolation for the second time.

Mr Macron with his wife welcoming the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the palace on December 7. Mr Macron’s 67-year-old wife Brigitte has also gone into isolation for the second time.

Boris Johnson, who has been snubbed by Mr Macron on face-to-face Brexit talks, tweeted: 'Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery.'

Boris Johnson, who has been snubbed by Mr Macron on face-to-face Brexit talks, tweeted: ‘Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery.’

Mr Macron joined dozens of other European leaders, including the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a summit in Brussels last Thursday.

MACRON’S CONTACTS 

WEDNESDAY:

Embraces 59-year-old PM of Portugal Antonio Costa at Elysee Palace.

MONDAY:

Meets with European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, OECD chief Angel Gurria, and UNESCO general director Audrey Azoulay.  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11:

Macron takes centre stage at EU summit in Brussels – meets with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10:

French president is seen in a diplomatic scrum with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Who is self-isolating?

Spanish PM Sanchez, EU Commission President Michel, French PM Jean Castex, Parliament speaker Richard Ferrand and Mr Macron’s wife Brigitte.

They have not tested positive. 

Virus has incubation period of 14 days, meaning that anyone who came into contact with Mr Macron up to Dec. 3 is advised to get tested and self-isolate. 

A key aspect of their talks was how to implement a Covid vaccine on the continent – the EU is lagging behind Britain because its central regulatory body must take into account all 27 member states – the bureaucrats have managed to cut down their usual process of 210 days to fewer than 150. 

Also dominating discussions was Brexit and Mr Macron was pictured having a close chats with President von der Leyen last Thursday and with Mrs Merkel on Friday.

Mr Macron was also pictured gesturing in the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s face while standing just a few yards from the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.  

And only yesterday, the French President embraced the 59-year-old PM of Portugal Mr Costa on the steps of the Elysee Palace.

The tactile Mr Macron was pictured again at the palace on Monday welcoming dignitaries including European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the chief of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Angel Gurria. 

Today, Spanish PM Sanchez, European Commission President Michel and French PM Jean Castex all announced that they will be self-isolating. None of them has tested positive. 

Mr Macron’s 67-year-old wife, Brigitte, has also gone into isolation for the second time – she quarantined in October after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.  

As result of the diagnosis, a trip next week by Mr Macron to Lebanon – where the president had been pressing for far-reaching political change after the giant Beirut port explosion in August – has been cancelled. 

The virus has an incubation period of 14 days, meaning that anyone who came into contact with Mr Macron up to December 3 would be advised to either get tested or self-isolate.

The French president is one of several heads of state and government around the world who have contracted Covid-19, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump.

France recorded more than 17,000 new cases on Wednesday - sparking concern as people shop and travel more ahead of the Christmas holidays

France recorded more than 17,000 new cases on Wednesday – sparking concern as people shop and travel more ahead of the Christmas holidays

The virus has resurfaced in France - as across the rest of Europe - and there are grave fears that deaths could spike in the colder winter months

The virus has resurfaced in France – as across the rest of Europe – and there are grave fears that deaths could spike in the colder winter months 

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L), European Council President Charles Michel (C) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left 2) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L), European Council President Charles Michel (C) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left 2) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (C), European Council President Charles Michel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (C), European Council President Charles Michel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

MONDAY: Macron welcomes European Council President Charles Michel to the palace

MONDAY: Macron welcomes European Council President Charles Michel to the palace

Macron during an EU summit in Brussels last Friday - he has been surrounded by other heads of state and diplomats

Macron during an EU summit in Brussels last Friday – he has been surrounded by other heads of state and diplomats

MONDAY: Macron (l) speaks to Louise Ekland on stage during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 draw at Palais Brongniart

MONDAY: Macron (l) speaks to Louise Ekland on stage during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 draw at Palais Brongniart

France earlier this week eased restrictions imposed to battle the second wave of the coronavirus but infection rates remain high.

There is still a nationwide overnight curfew from 8 pm to halt the spread of the virus while restaurants and cafes as well as theatres and cinemas remain closed.

Over 59,300 people have died in France of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures.

The recording of over 17,000 new cases on Wednesday alone has also generated concern as people shop and travel more intensely ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Like other EU states, France is pinning its hopes on a vaccine to quell the virus and Castex said Wednesday the country will receive around 1.16 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by year end.

Castex said that the start of the vaccine campaign was conditional on approval from the European Medicines Agency, expected on December 21.

‘It is only at the end of spring that we will open the vaccination programme to the entire population’, he added.

Another problem for the French authorities is that according to an opinion poll, only 53 percent of people want to be vaccinated, among the lowest rates in the world. 

MONDAY: Macron, without a mask, bumps elbows with the OECD's 70-year-old Secretary General Angel Gurria on Monday

MONDAY: Macron, without a mask, bumps elbows with the OECD’s 70-year-old Secretary General Angel Gurria on Monday

WEDNESDAY: Macron, right, and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa answer reporters

WEDNESDAY: Macron, right, and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa answer reporters

World leaders who caught Covid 

Donald Trump

The US president, who famously referred to the virus as a hoax, caught the disease at the height of the presidential campaign in October.

The 74-year-old was admitted to hospital but made a rapid recovery to get back out on the campaign trail.

Jair Bolsonaro

The 65-year-old Brazilian president had played down the seriousness of the virus, calling it a ‘little flu, but caught the disease in July.

During his quarantine, Mr Bolsonaro said: ‘I knew I was going to catch it someday, as I think unfortunately nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually. What are you afraid of? Face up to it.’

Boris Johnson

The British Prime Minister, 56, was among world leaders the worst afflicted by coronavirus.

Mr Johnson was rushed to intensive care in April at the height of the pandemic in Europe.

Such was the severity of his illness that preparations were made should he die.

Prince Albert II of Monaco

The 62-year-old head of state caught coronavirus in March and medics gave him the all clear at the start of April.

Mikhail Mishustin

The Russian Prime Minister caught the virus in April. Mishustin, 54, was forced to hand powers over to his colleagues while recovering from the disease. 

Ambrose Dlamini

The Prime Minister of Swaziland this week became the first world leader to die of Covid-19, two weeks after he was rushed to hospital in South Africa. 

The 52-year-old tested positive for the disease in mid-November but was said to be feeling well and was asymptomatic. But his condition deteriorated and he was taken from the tiny landlocked nation to a hospital in neighbouring South Africa.

Juan Orlando Hernandez

The Honduras president announced in June that he had tested positive, along with two other people who worked closely with him. Hernandez said he had started what he called the ‘MAIZ treatment,’ an experimental and unproven combination of microdacyn, azithromycin, ivermectin and zinc.

He was briefly hospitalized and released. He has added his voice to growing pleas for equitable access to any COVID-19 vaccine, asking the recent U.N. gathering of world leaders, ‘Are people to be left to die?’

Alexander Lukashenko

The president of Belarus, who dismissed concerns about the virus as ‘psychosis’ and recommended drinking vodka to stay healthy, said in July he had contracted it himself but was asymptomatic.  

Alejando Giammattei

The Guatemalan president said he tested positive for the virus in September. ‘My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,’ he said during a televised address. ‘I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough.’ He said he’d be working from home.

Jeanine Anez

The virus drove the Bolivian interim president into isolation in July, but she said she was feeling well.

Luis Abinader

The newly elected president of the Dominican Republic contracted and recovered from COVID-19 during his campaign. He spent weeks in isolation before the country’s July election.

Nuno Gomes Nabiam  

Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau said he tested positive in April.

 

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France president Emmanuel Macron praises Maradona with dig at Margaret Thatcher


France president Emmanuel Macron has praised Diego Maradona with a blatant dig at late former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Argentina football legend Maradona passed away aged 60 on Wednesday after suffering heart failure whilst sleeping at home in Buenos Aires.

Tributes have poured in from across the world of sport and beyond for the much-loved forward, highly regarded as one the greatest ever players.

Macron chose to pay his own respects to Maradona with a strange tribute, hailing him for defeating “Margaret Thatcher’s England” in the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona infamously cheated in the quarter-final fixture, using his ‘Hand of God’ to score Argentina’s first, before producing a spectacular solo effort for their second on the way to victory.

Macron has paid tribute to “football genius” Maradona

The win came just four years after England had claimed victory in the Falklands War between the two nations while under Thatcher’s leadership.

Macron’s comments were among a 600-word statement made by the Elysee, during which he also hailed Maradona as the best player of all time, even ahead of French legends Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.

The statement told how Maradona “had to write the history of a country scarred by dictatorship and military defeat.”

Before explaining: “This resurrection took place in 1986, in the most geopolitical match in football history, a World Cup quarter-final against Margaret Thatcher’s England.

“On June 22, 1986, in Mexico City, he scored his first goal with God as a teammate. The miracle is disputed, but the referee didn’t see a thing: Maradona’s sense of showmanship made him irrelevant.”

Emmanuel Macron aimed a dig at Margaret Thatcher in his tribute to Maradona
Emmanuel Macron aimed a dig at Margaret Thatcher in his tribute to Maradona

Diego Maradona dies age 60

During the rest of the tribute, Macron refers to Maradona as a “genius” and an “artist” while claiming the football pitch was the stage for his own revolution, before ending it with: “Diego remains.”

Thousands of fans are paying homage to Maradona at the presidential palace in Argentina, as the country begins three days of national mourning for their hero.

Maradona’s coffin is on display at the palace and is expected to attract over one million visitors in the coming days.





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Emmanuel Adebayor’s Man Utd advice ahead of Thomas Partey’s Arsenal transfer


Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he urged Thomas Partey to snub Manchester United – and advised him to join the Gunners “family”.

Mikel Arteta spent much of the summer chasing a midfield signing, before landing the 27-year-old in a deal worth £45million.

Arsenal met his release clause, with Atletico Madrid left surprised by his departure on the final day of the window.

Partey has immediately made his presence felt in north London, drawing comparisons with Patrick Vieira, in his first month in the Premier League.

And Adebayor, who spent three years at the Emirates, has admitted that he spoke to the Ghanaian before his move to England’s top flight.

Thomas Partey joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid

“He told me that some clubs in England namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice,” Adebayor said at an event in Ghana, seen on Youtube.

“I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.

“Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.”

The striker’s intervention shows a huge change in opinion, after claiming he still had a hate for his old club, after his controversial move to Manchester City.

Adebayor joined City in 2009, before his infamous celebration against the Gunners following a goal at the Etihad.

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Adebayor celebrates in front of the Arsenal fans back in 2009

He was fined £25,000 for the incident, but suggested that Arsene Wenger’s antics had forced his hand.

“I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he didn’t see my future anymore in Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports in 2018.

“So I didn’t have any other choice than joining Man City, who I was very happy to join.

“And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.”

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Emmanuel Macron warns some French districts are ‘terrorist breeding grounds’


Emmanuel Macron has today warned some French districts are ‘terrorist breeding grounds’ where ‘small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values’.    

The head of state painted a picture of lawless suburbs in which abused infants are kept away from children of the opposite sex in an open letter defending his stance against Islamic extremists.

Macron also said there are ‘hundreds of radicalised individuals’ living in France who could strike with a knife at any moment.

His comments come after a spate of terror attacks in France, including the murders of teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 and three others in Nice on October 29.

Emmanuel Macron has today warned some French districts are ‘terrorist breeding grounds’ in an open letter defending his stance against Islamic extremists. Pictured: Macron speaks to media after signing a condolence book for victims of the Vienna attack in Paris on Tuesday 

The President said 'small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values' in some areas of France. Pictured: A woman wearing a niqab, the islamic full veil, walks in a street of Lyon, eastern France

The President said ‘small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values’ in some areas of France. Pictured: A woman wearing a niqab, the islamic full veil, walks in a street of Lyon, eastern France

In a letter to the Financial Times, Macron wrote: ‘Since 2015 it has become clear, and I said this even before I became president, that there are breeding grounds for terrorists in France.

‘If you do not believe me, read the social media postings of hatred shared in the name of a distorted Islam that resulted in Paty’s death. 

‘Visit the districts where small girls aged three or four are wearing a full veil, separated from boys, and, from a very young age, separated from the rest of society, raised in hatred of France’s values.’

The full veil has been banned in France since 2011, following controversial legislation dubbed ‘the burka ban’. 

Macron wrote the letter in response to a column written in the FT by a Muslim journalist accusing him of spreading hatred against Muslims, which has since been taken down due to ‘factual inaccuracies’.

He said France is fighting against ‘designs of hatred and death that threaten its children — never against Islam’. 

Macron wrote: ‘I will not allow anybody to claim that France, or its government, is fostering racism against Muslims.’

The President said France has every right as a sovereign nation to oppose ‘deception, fanaticism, [and] violent extremism’.

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India, on November 4

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India, on November 4

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata 

He added the country must remain united against the terrorists ‘who want to break us’.

Macron said France ‘knows what it owes to the Islamic civilisation’ and the country’s ‘Muslim leaders speak out when the worst happens’. 

France has a Muslim community of some five million – the largest in western Europe, and many with roots in former colonies such as Algeria.

Some have complained of increased racism and Islamophobia being aimed against them by politicians including Macron. 

Emmanuel Macron (pictured on October 2) described Islam as 'a religion that is in crisis all over the world' as he unveiled a proposal to battle Islamic radicalism which had created a 'parallel society' living outside of French values

Emmanuel Macron (pictured on October 2) described Islam as ‘a religion that is in crisis all over the world’ as he unveiled a proposal to battle Islamic radicalism which had created a ‘parallel society’ living outside of French values

The President announced measures aimed at fighting ‘Islamist separatism’ including stricter government control of schools and other institutions serving Muslims on October 2.

During a speech, he said Islam was ‘in crisis’ globally, and he has also pledged that France will continue to publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

This has led to demonstrations across the Arab and Muslim world for the past two weeks, with thousands calling for a boycott of French products.

In Kolkata, India, thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday to express their outrage, and burned a model depicting the French President.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Muslims rallied and called for a boycott of French goods whilst condemning Macron for his remarks defending the controversial cartoons. 



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Man Utd star Pogba ‘quits France national team’ after Emmanuel Macron comments


Manchester United star Paul Pogba has reportedly quit from the French national team following president Emmanuel Macron’s recent comments on Islam and terrorism.

The report comes from Arabic sports website 195.sports.com.

Macron condemned the attack on teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who was stabbed and beheaded on his way home from his high school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, around 40 kilometres north west of Paris.

The French president described the incident as an “Islamic terrorist attack”. He also added: “Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”

There’s no suggestion Pogba supports the terrorists’ actions, but he allegedly resents Macron’s description of it as an “Islamic” terror attack.

Paty, it has been claimed, was targeted for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students.

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit from the France football team.

The teacher was posthumously awarded the French Legion d’honneur, the highest order of merit given by the state. It is said this is due to him dying trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.

Pogba’s reported resignation is allegedly based on the decision to give the teacher the Legion d’honneur and Macron’s above comments.

The Manchester United star reportedly considered the decision as an insult to him and to French Muslims, especially since Islam is the second religion in France after Christianity.

Calls are growing meanwhile around the world for people to boycott French goods in the wake of the president’s comments accusing Muslims of separatism and he pledged not to give up cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

There is zero suggestion Pogba condoned Paty’s killing or Islamist terrorism.

It is worth noting that Pogba uploaded an Instagram story 13 hours ago in which he still said he is a France football player.

Pogba led France to the World Cup in 2018 and even featured in their recent fixtures this month.

The United midfielder has 72 French caps and 10 goals.

Addressing the teacher’s coffin, Macron said: “We will continue this fight for liberty and for reason of which you have now become the face, because we owe it to you. Because in France, sir, the lights will not go out.”

Paul Pogba and Manchester United have both been approached for comment.





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Emmanuel Macron will ‘relax stance’ that UK must follow EU rules after it leaves the EU


Emmanuel Macron could soften demands the UK must follow EU rules in a new deal – to stop it potentially backfiring on France, it has been revealed.

The French president is thought to have releaxed his stance, especially on state aid, after Boris Johnson cancelled trade talks last week. 

The UK could sue France over its high public spending if Britain is bound to common standards – because the deal would work both ways. 

Negotiations remained locked in stalemate in a number of key areas last week, including on post-Brexit fishing rights, as EU leaders said it was for the UK to make the next move. 

The British Government has said European nations will have to request access to UK waters on a yearly basis, with quotas agreed through annual negotiations.

But at an EU summit last week, Macron said: ‘Our fishermen will under no circumstance be the ones sacrificed to Brexit.’

As the meeting was taking place in Brussels, Mr Beaune posted pictures from a visit to the coastal town of Port-en-Bessin.

The French president is thought to have releaxed his stance, especially on state aid, after Boris Johnson cancelled trade talks last week. Pictured, Emmanuel Macron yesterday

He said on Twitter: ‘One single objective: to defend and protect the interests of fishermen. We’re fighting… for French fishing.’

But Jerome Vicquelin, a local fishing lobby group member who attended a meeting with Mr Beaune, has revealed he gave a different message off-camera.

He disclosed: ‘I said, “It’s all well and good you came, but I’m worried because… just a 10-15 per cent cut in turnover… would be a disaster over the long term”.

‘They were blunt too. They said it won’t be the same as before. It’s clear, they just want to try to limit damages as much as possible.’

Asked to comment on this, Mr Beaune said he told representatives they should no longer expect to maintain ‘the status quo’.

On Friday, October 16, Mr Johnson made clear Michel Barnier should only bother travelling to London this week if he had a ‘fundamental change of approach’. 

The UK prime minister declared the UK would step up its preparations for ‘Australia-style’ WTO terms. 

But Clement Beaune, the French Europe Minister and a close associate of Macron, told The Times he thought Johnson was bluffing. ‘If the British thought they could live with the “freedom” of no deal outside of the EU – if it was so easy and comfortable – they would have already left without a deal,’ he said.

Last week the UK prime minister declared the UK would step up its preparations for 'Australia-style' WTO terms. Pictured, Boris Johnson yesterday

European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wears a protective face mask as he arrives at 1VS conference centre ahead of Brexit negotiations in London, Britain October 24

Last week the UK prime minister declared the UK would step up its preparations for ‘Australia-style’ WTO terms. Pictured, Boris Johnson yesterday

French ministers have been speaking to industry groups about potential concessions over access to UK waters and the UK’s trade secretary Liz Truss said ‘real progress’ had been made.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: ‘We want to reach an agreement as soon as possible.’ 

It comes after a number of climb-downs by senior EU figures since the PM walked out of talks last Friday.

An EU source told The Sun: ‘On the Level Playing Field and governance, everybody has shifted.’

After the breakdown in talks last week, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen insisted Mr Barnier would attend the negotiations this week ‘as planned’. 

She tweeted: ‘EU-UK talks: the EU continues to work for a deal, but not at any price.

‘As planned, our negotiation team will go to London next week to intensify these negotiations.’ 

Mr Johnson suggested last month that both sides should walk away from the talks and prepare for a no deal divorce if there was no agreement by the summit on October 15.

EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier wears an EU themed face mask as he leaves his hotel to make his way to the Westminster Conference Centre today

EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier wears an EU themed face mask as he leaves his hotel to make his way to the Westminster Conference Centre today

Mr Johnson told the EU to 'come to us' when it was ready to compromise on the terms of a post-Brexit trade deal as he said the UK would step up preparations for a disorderly split

Mr Johnson told the EU to ‘come to us’ when it was ready to compromise on the terms of a post-Brexit trade deal as he said the UK would step up preparations for a disorderly split 

Last week he said: ‘As far as I can see they have abandoned the idea of a free trade deal. There doesn’t seem to be any progress coming from Brussels.

‘What we are saying to them is only come here, come to us, if there is some fundamental change of approach, otherwise we are more than happy to talk about the practicalities that I described, the social security issues, road haulage and so on.

‘But unless there is a fundamental change of approach we are going to go for the Australia solution and we should do it with great confidence, high hearts, confidence, because we can do it.’ 

Australia has no comprehensive trade deal with the EU and it also does far less business with Brussels than the UK. 

A no deal split would see the EU impose tariffs on UK goods, with business groups warning this would damage British firms at a time when they can least afford it because of the coronavirus crisis.  

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen responded to Mr Johnson's comments by saying talks will still go ahead in London next week

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen responded to Mr Johnson’s comments by saying talks will still go ahead in London next week 

Mr Johnson said what the EU wanted the UK to agree to in key negotiating areas was ‘completely unacceptable’. 

‘From the outset we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship based on friendship and free trade,’ he said. 

‘To judge by the latest EU summit in Brussels, that won’t work for our EU partners.

‘They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country.

‘And since we have only 10 weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1 I have to make a judgement about the likely outcome and to get us all ready.

‘Given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months and given that this summit appears explicitly to rule out a Canada-style deal I have concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s, based on simple principles of global free trade.’

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman went even further, saying: ‘The trade talks are over. The EU have effectively ended them by saying that they do not want to change their negotiating position.

Emmanuel Macron said he will not allow French fishermen to be 'sacrificed to Brexit' as he stuck to his negotiating red line on access to UK waters

Emmanuel Macron said he will not allow French fishermen to be ‘sacrificed to Brexit’ as he stuck to his negotiating red line on access to UK waters

‘The EU can either fundamentally change its position or we can leave on Australian terms.’

The spokesman said there was ‘no point in trade talks if the EU doesn’t change its position’.

He added: ‘There is only any point in Michel Barnier coming to London next week if he is prepared to discuss all of the issues on the basis of legal text in an accelerate way, without the UK being required to make all of the moves or if he is willing to discuss the practicality of areas such as travel and haulage which the PM mentioned in his statement.’ 

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage appeared to welcome Mr Johnson’s comments as he tweeted: ‘A Canada-style deal was always impossible given the withdrawal agreement. Boris now reaching the right solution.’

This map shows the extent of the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone - the waters Britain will take back control of after Brexit. At the moment the EEZ of every EU member state is merged into one large zone which can be accessed by fishermen from all over Europe.

This map shows the extent of the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone – the waters Britain will take back control of after Brexit. At the moment the EEZ of every EU member state is merged into one large zone which can be accessed by fishermen from all over Europe.

But Remain campaigners reacted with anger as the Best for Britain group said ‘the EU has not abandoned the idea of a free trade deal with us and it would be the Prime Minister’s decision to abandon these talks’.

The group said: ‘The EU has signalled its desire to carry on talks. Walking away now would be a hideous gamble with the country’s future.’

Why the complex issue of UK-EU fishing rights is leaving Brexit talks floundering in cold water 

Each country has an Exclusive Economic Zone which can extend up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. 

That country has special fishing rights over that area. 

However, in the EU each country’s Exclusive Economic Zone is effectively merged into one joint EU zone. 

All fishing activity within that zone is then regulated by the bloc’s controversial Common Fisheries Policy which dictates how many of each type of fish can be caught.

The joint EU zone is open to fishermen from every member state. 

But after the Brexit transition period the UK will regain sole control of its Exclusive Economic Zone and will be able to decide which countries can fish there and how much they can catch. 

The Liberal Democrats said Mr Johnson’s ‘reckless comments are just further evidence of the Prime Minister’s incompetence’ and ‘we cannot afford to crash out of the EU without a deal in place or to accept a rushed, bad deal’.

Mr Johnson’s comments represented a significant toughening of the UK’s stance after Lord Frost branded the response agreed by Brussels last night as ‘unusual’. 

He tweeted: ‘Disappointed by the European Council conclusions on UK/EU negotiations.

‘(I’m) surprised the EU is no longer committed to working ‘intensively’ to reach a future partnership as agreed with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on October 3.

‘Also surprised by the suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from the UK. It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.’

In a call with Ms von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel on the eve of the summit, Mr Johnson expressed ‘disappointment’ that the talks had not made more progress.

However, there remains scepticism in Brussels that Mr Johnson will actually deliver on his threat to pull the plug on the negotiations.  

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte appeared to mock his counterpart last week as he said: ‘Britain has already imposed so many deadlines that came and went.’ 

Meanwhile, Mr Michel told a press conference that Brussels would decide in the coming days, based on the UK’s next proposals, whether a deal is possible. 

‘We are clear that we are determined to negotiate, we are determined to reach an agreement but we know there are some difficult topics,’ he said.

‘It is the case for fisheries, certainly, and also for level playing field and also governance.

‘We are united and we will make an assessment in the next days, we will see if it is possible to complete a negotiation, what will be the country’s (the UK’s) proposal and based on that we will make an assessment.’ 

Both sides want a deal to be agreed before the winter in order to allow time for it to be ratified and implemented before the end of the transition period.   

Should no agreement be struck then the UK will trade with the bloc on World Trade Organisation terms from January 2021. 

The Government has repeatedly described this approach as an Australia-style arrangement but critics insist that is just another way of saying there will be no trade deal. 

The UK and the EU have acknowledged that the question of post-Brexit fishing rights remains among the most difficult issues to be resolved.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is under pressure from fishermen in his country who fear losing access to British waters, previously stuck to his hardline on the issue. 

‘Under any circumstance, our fishermen should not be sacrificed for Brexit,’ he said.

‘If these conditions are not met, it’s possible we won’t have a deal. If the right terms can’t be found at the end of these discussions, we’re ready for a no-deal for our future relations.’ 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab joined those urging the EU to show more ‘flexibility’. 

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘There’s a deal to be done, but there needs to be flexibility on both sides, energy and goodwill and political will on both sides, and the Prime Minister will say more (today).’

He said the Government was ‘surprised by the attitude and the disposition’ of the European Council.

He added: ‘I’m surprised and disappointed by the lack of flexibility and will that at least seems to have come out of the European Council.’  



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Emmanuel Adebayor ‘in talks’ with West Brom over shock Premier League return


Emmanuel Adebayor could be set for a sensational return to the Premier League.

The 36-year-old forward last played in the English top-flight four years ago with Crystal Palace, managing just one goal in what was a largely unsuccessful stint.

But according to The Sun, newly-promoted West Brom have added the Togo legend to their shortlist of attacking targets.

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic is desperate to bolster his ranks this summer and is understood to have already approached Adebayor’s representatives over a possible switch.

The ex-Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham forward is a free agent after leaving Paraguayan side Olimpia in July due to issues caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Emmanuel Adebayor last played in the Premier League with Crystal Palace

And the striker, it is claimed, is keen for one last crack at the Premier League, having first arrived in England with Arsenal in 2006 before going on to play for Man City and Spurs.

Adebayor isn’t Bilic’s first-choice but if the manager fails to land a striker before the transfer window slams shut on October 5, he undoubtedly represents a good fall-back option.

The striker would be able to join after that deadline due to his free agent status, but it is believed that Bilic wants to focus on several other targets before making a decision on Adebayor.

He has also represented Real Madrid during a glittering career, while also scoring 32 goals in 87 games for Togo.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is keen to bolster his attacking ranks

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Meanwhile, Albion manager Bilic has been fined £8,000 after being shown a red card during West Brom’s 5-2 defeat at Everton on Saturday.

Bilic came on to the pitch at half-time following the dismissal of defender Kieran Gibbs and was sent off by referee Mike Dean for his protests.

“Slaven Bilic has been fined £8,000 after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting the standard penalty,” an FA statement read.

“The West Bromwich Albion manager’s behaviour on the field of play at half-time of the Premier League fixture against Everton on 19 September 2020 amounted to improper conduct.”





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