President Emmanuel Macron urged the French government on Wednesday to investigate with “full transparency” the chaos at this weekend’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, as the interior minister came under increasing pressure over the police’s handling.
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The mayhem outside the Stade de France stadium ahead of the match, which saw thousands of Liverpool supporters with tickets struggle to enter and police respond with tear gas, raised questions over the capacity of Paris to host the Olympic Games in 2024.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has faced growing criticism and accusations of lying after he blamed the chaos on massive ticket scams.
‘At the moment we’re not getting what we payed for and it’s a disgrace. I do a lot of travelling and I have to say my experience with security people is always positive. They’re focused, mature about what they do and methodical.’
She explained: ‘I think it’s absolutely shocking and as someone said there “it’s like putting cattle into holding pen before they went to the mart”…
‘I used to believe before all this COVID thing that I was a terrific traveller, travelled all over the world. I wouldn’t dream of travelling at the moment due to the conditions.’
Twitter users flocked to have their say on the Liveline debate, where one woman asked ‘can you imagine asking elderly people to stand in a tent’.
Islamabad and Ankara should achieve an ambitious bilateral trade target of $5 billion which was “difficult but not impossible”, Shehbaz, who came to power amid rising inflation and depleting forex reserves in his country, said.
“Your active participation in investments in Pakistan is highly appreciated. And above all your participation in humanitarian projects in Pakistan is very well-known. Today, we are here to seriously engage ourselves with you because you are very serious-minded business people, and your achievements are outstanding and a shining example for all of us,” he said.
“We genuinely and sincerely want to work with the Turkey Business fraternity to transform our brotherhood into promoting our bilateral trade, investment and culture,” the south Asian country’s information and broadcasting minister Marriyum Aurangzeb quoted the prime minister as saying.
Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had visited its weather ally China recently as Islamabad sought to address its economic headwinds, complicated by the rising fuel costs and a delayed IFM help.
Government spokeswoman Olivia Gregoire said that the matter had been briefly discussed at Wednesday’s regular cabinet meeting chaired by Macron, who has yet to comment publicly.
“What the president wants… is that light is shone on what really happened, in full transparency, and very quickly,” she told reporters, while emphasising Darmanin had Macron’s “full confidence”.
She said Macron also expected action from the government to ensure that this “never happens again”.
“Simply put, could we have done things better, could it have been better managed? Yes,” she acknowledged. “Were there wounded, a tragedy? No. Can we improve things for future sporting events? Certainly.”
She confirmed that 2,700 supporters had been unable to watch the match due to the chaos.
“The president of the republic and all his government are sad and sorry for these people who lost out.”
Despite the public professions of support, French media reports said that Macron was privately furious with Darmanin, 39, a high-flying right-winger.
The Canard Enchaine satirical weekly said that Macron had told Darmanin that what happened was a “heavy blow for France”.
“We can say that he was furious,” BFM TV cited a source close to Macron as saying.
“The minister of the interior was expressly asked to step up and stop insisting that we were not to blame,” the source added.
The Egyptian president has called for EU support for his country’s position on the ‘existential’ Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as the two sides look to step up political and economic relations against the backdrop of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al Sisi told EU enlargement commissioner Olivér Várhelyi that the fate of the dam was an ‘existential issue’ for Egypt and its people and requested the bloc’s support during a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday (1 June).
The dam across the River Nile in northern Ethiopia is set to generate 5.15 gigawatts of electricity, making the dam the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and one of the largest in the world when completed. However, its implications for the water supply to Egypt and Sudan are vast. In 2020, Ethiopia began filling the dam’s reservoir without the consent of its two neighbours.
Negotiations over the dam, particularly over the distribution of water and energy supplies, between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan mediated at different stages by the United States and the African Union, with the EU as an observer, have been stalled for years.
The European Commission views Egypt as a strategically important country in both the Maghreb region and Africa, and its importance in terms of energy policy and wider geopolitics has increased following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two sides are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel in the coming weeks to export natural gas to EU countries, Israel’s energy minister confirmed on Monday.
The Israeli gas will go through pipelines from Israel to Egypt, and then be shipped to Europe, she said.
In April, Italian energy company Eni signed a deal with Egypt’s EGAS that will see Egypt expanding gas exports to Europe to three billion cubic metres of liquified natural gas from 2022. The European Commission is expected to launch official talks with gas-producing nations in Africa in the coming days.
“Egypt is the link between the Arab and European worlds, and the axis of maintaining security and stability in the Middle East and the African continent,” said Várhelyi, in a statement following his meeting with al Sisi.
However, Egypt has been hit by the aftershocks of the war in Ukraine. One of the largest importers of wheat from Ukraine, it has been allocated €100 million from a €225 million EU fund to support North African countries facing wheat supply shortages, although EU leaders indicated at the European Council summit this week that this fund’s scope and resources will be increased.
This week, Polish President Andrzej Duda has also been courting al Sisi’s support on his first-ever official visit to Egypt with a view to importing liquefied gas from Egypt to Poland.
Mr Dalton said prior to appearing to the Oireachtas Transport Committee: ‘Passengers that arrive too early for their flights will be asked to wait in a dedicated passenger holding area with special consideration being given to those passengers who require special assistance and those Important Flyers travelling with autism.’
Bad weather cover, seating and toilets will all be provided in the holding area ‘as quickly as possible’, with Mr Dalton adding the ‘trialling of this system’ will take place over the June bank holiday weekend.
Joe Duffy’s Liveline on Wednesday afternoon was full of angry listeners having their say on the announcement.