Syrian strikes boost French president’s action man image

Syrian strikes boost French president’s action man image

As French fighter jets sped towards Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, sat in a windowless command-room beneath the Élysée Palace. Surrounded by senior military and diplomatic staff tracking the military operation, the 40-year-old French leader was “calm and resolved”, an Elysée source said. Macron’s decision to order French missile strikes against Syria with the US and UK marks a new phase in his presidency. It is the first time that France’s youngest modern president, who has been in power for a year,…

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Burberry hires former Kingfisher boss Gerry Murphy as chairman

Burberry hires former Kingfisher boss Gerry Murphy as chairman

The luxury brand Burberry has appointed the former boss of B&Q owner Kingfisher as its new chairman. Gerry Murphy, who currently chairs the food group Tate & Lyle and the European arm of the private equity firm Blackstone, will succeed Sir John Peace, who has been in the role since Burberry was spun out of the catalogue company GUS in 2002. Peace said Burberry had found a “superb” candidate with extensive knowledge of the consumer sector. Murphy has had stints at the food group Greencore and the media group Carlton,…

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Theo Francken: Belgian asylum policy should learn from Australia

Theo Francken: Belgian asylum policy should learn from Australia

The Belgian secretary of state for asylum and migration Theo Francken (N-VA) wants the asylum policy to evolve towards a system with “zero asylum seekers in Brussels”. “We need to replace the current model, which is based on requests from asylum seekers after they have entered the territory illegally, by the Australian model, in which we allow only limited legal immigration,” he wrote Saturday on Facebook. Like Australia, Belgium should choose itself those who enter its territory and this “at a rate that takes into account the social, economic and…

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World’s first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

World’s first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden. About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric rail has been embedded in a public road near Stockholm, but the government’s roads agency has already drafted a national map for future expansion. Sweden’s target of achieving independence from fossil fuel by 2030 requires a 70% reduction in the transport sector. The technology behind the electrification of the road linking Stockholm Arlanda airport to a logistics site outside the capital city aims…

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