Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Beirut for his second visit since the massive blast there one month ago. Meanwhile, Lebanese Twitter users are not convinced by the new prime minister, saying the change is purely superficial. Elsewhere, the far-right French magazine Valeurs Actuelles is under fire for depicting a left-wing MP of African heritage as a slave with chains around her neck. Finally, British singer Adele is criticised for dressing up as a Jamaican for London's Notting Hill Carnival, but many online are defending her.
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune says there is an opportunity to achieve "appeased relations" with France. He believes that French President Emmanuel Macron is "honest" and "proper" with regard to the country’s colonial past, welcomes the return of Algerian resistance fighters' skulls and hopes for further gestures in this direction.
We look at criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron's latest televised address, an op-ed from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson responding to Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and a cartoon drawing a connection between racial inequality and the Grenfell Tower fire, which marked its three-year anniversary on Sunday. Plus, the viral photo of a black demonstrator saving a white, far-right protester.
Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon goes on trial this Monday accused of misappropriating one million euros of public money and of giving it to his wife and children for work they never actually did. The Fillon affair came to light during the presidential elections of 2017 and Emmanuel Macron of course went on to win. Once elected, Macron changed the laws: politicians are no longer allowed to employ family members but as the trial begins public distrust for their elected officials’ remains at the highest levels.