We bring you the British front pages as Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace. Also: the Gates foundation releases its annual report card on how the world is doing, French papers pay tribute to iconic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and finally, has Leonardo DiCaprio broken his rule about dating women over 25?
French papers look at the political bombshell for President Emmanuel Macron, whose centrist bloc emerged from Sunday's second round of the legislative elections well short of an absolute majority in parliament. Libération, the main left-wing daily, describes the results for his group as a "slap", while Le Parisien and Le Figaro headline that France is now "ungovernable". Macron will be unable to push on with his legislative agenda without significant opposition support.
In another tragic US mass shooting echoing the 2012 Sandy Hook killings, an 18-year-old gunman has killed more than 20 people – mostly children – in Uvalde, Texas. We take a look at how papers are reacting to the all-too-common event in the United States, including why many blame Republicans. We finish with an editorial arguing that the United States – its policies and institutions – is its own worst enemy.
Russia declares war against Ukraine - that's how the western press reports on Vladimir Putin's decision to launch a full-scale military operation in Ukraine. Russian government websites, meanwhile, deny such operations. We also look at the underlying reasons for why diplomacy has failed and finally, bring you the illustrated press' take on the situation.
We look at the murder of a fourth journalist in Mexico, which is now the most dangerous country for reporters. Also, tensions between Mali and France draw strong opinions in the African press. Finally, Boris Johnson gets a spanking from the papers over the lockdown-breaching parties at Downing Street!
5 Feb 2021
Getting official identification papers is an exhausting process in Cameroon. Some applicants have waited for over five years with no results. As a result, some resort to the black market. Also, one sustainability project in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan gives discarded plastic a second life by turning it into bricks to build schools. And we take a look at the larger-than-life work of a French graffiti artist who has headed to Cape Town to make his mark.