And as well as its virus mutation, the UK also seems to have suffered from an outbreak of French-bashing.
I worry that the chaos at Dover over the last few days & France's hardline on fish could give @BorisJohnson the political cover he's seeking to do no deal – by “blaming the French“ & Macron
Yes, this is No10 spin. But it could become the narrative to rally Tory MPs & the public pic.twitter.com/Em9KoXPTUi
— Mujtaba Rahman (@Mij_Europe) December 23, 2020
Here’s John Lichfield wearily looking back at his 24 years of covering France and seeing this nonsense, as well as examining why this type of xenophobia is not reciprocated by the French.
Thee police officers have died after being shot by a man who was holding a woman hostage. The man himself was later found dead, after setting fire to the house in Puy-de-Dôme in central France.
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Weather forecasters are predicting late snowfalls for a white Christmas in parts of France.
❄️?Vous souvenez-vous d'un #Noel blanc ?
— Météo-France (@meteofrance) December 21, 2020
And in case anyone was worrying about France's Covid-infected president, he is 'doing better' according to his office. Prime Minister Jean Castex, who had been self-isolating since Macron's diagnosis, today tested negative for Covid-19 and can resume his duties in person.