PARIS ( ) – French President Emmanuel Macron oozes self-confidence, has outwitted his opponents and shrugs off public criticism, but there’s one other high-pressure job even he doesn’t like the look of: coach of the national soccer team.
“There are always 60 million people who believe they can do better than either,” Macron quipped to journalists before lunching with the French squad at their training camp.
“That’s why I’d never look to be the team coach,” he laughed.
The presidential visit to Clairefontaine ahead of a World Cup has become a ritual for French leaders ever since Jacques Chirac visited the squad in the run-up to the 1998 tournament.
France went on to triumph on home soil and Chirac’s popularity soared – just the tonic Macron might be wishing for with his own ratings after a year in power hurting from a raft of economic and social reforms that have earned him the ,上海贵族宝贝论坛Fanny,tag “president of the rich” among left-wing voters.
Macron, a fan of southern France’s Olympique Marseille, told the young squad the nation was behind them as they head to Russia for the biggest event of the global football calendar, w,上海419论坛Abel,hich opens in mid-June.
“You’re all huge stars,” Macron told the players, among them Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe. “The French team has shone when it is united. But when egos have emerged, when there have been rifts, it didn’t work out so well.”
France was humiliated in South Africa in 2010, when a meltdown in the dressing room left the team rooted to the bottom of its group and admonished by then president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Macron has defied calls from rights groups to boycott this summer’s World Cup because of Moscow’s involvement in Syria’s civil war, and told the team he would be in the stands for the final stages of the tournament to spur them on.
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( ) – The former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, will be extradited Monday f,爱上海419Samantha,rom the United States, where he has been held for a case of illegal wiretapping, one of his attorneys said Sunday.
“It’s happening tomorrow,” Monday, Sidney Sitto,上海千花网Rebel,n told , in a message by WhatsApp, without providing further details.
On Friday, President Juan Carlos Verla said the U.S. State Department had approved his request to extradite his predecessor.
Martinelli was jailed in the United States last year after Panama requested his extradition on charges that he used public money to spy on more than 150 political rivals during his 2009-2014 term.
The former president was arrested in June 2017 near Miami, where he had lived after leaving his country in 2015.
Martinelli, 66, has another dozen cases pending that range from the misappropriation of public funds to the sale of pardons. Martinelli has countered that he is innocent of the accusations and has said he is a victim of political persecution by the current president, a former political ally.
The chancellery of Panama has not said when Martinelli will arrive.
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LONDON ( ) – A man accused of being a member of a white supremacist group campaigning to start a race war in Britain pleaded,上海419论坛Ned, guilty on Tuesday to p,上海贵族宝贝论坛Candace,lotting to kill an elected Member of Parliament (MP).
Jack Renshaw, 23, admitted buying a machete described by its manufacturer as “19 inches of unprecedented piercing and slashing power at a bargain price”, for the purpose of killing opposition Labour MP Rosie Cooper.
Renshaw also pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill a female police of,上海419论坛Mae,ficer.
He was one of six alleged members of the far-right extremist group National Action appearing at London’s Old Bailey court.
All six deny membership of National Action, which was banned in 2016 following the murder of Jo Cox, another female Labour MP, in a frenzied street attack by a Nazi-obsessed loner.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson told the jury that Renshaw had targeted Cooper, who represents the West Lancashire constituency in northwestern England, because he regarded her as supporting immigration – also the reason given for the murder of Cox.
Atkinson said Renshaw was undeniably planning violent actions “which involved politically and racially motivated murder”.
One of the other defendants, Christopher Lythgoe, 32, stands accused of giving Renshaw his blessing, on behalf of National Action, to carry out the planned murder of Cooper. Lythgoe has denied the charge.
Atkinson said Renshaw had informed alleged fellow members of National Action during a meeting in a pub in July 2017 that he planned to murder Cooper and had already bought a machete.
While Renshaw planned to carry out the murder on behalf of National Action, he was also motivated by a desire to seek revenge against a police officer, Victoria Henderson, who had previously been involved in arresting him on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred and separately on child sex offences.
“Renshaw explained that after killing Rosie Cooper he would take some people hostage and then demand … that DC Henderson should come to the scene,” Atkinson said.
“His plan then would be to kill that officer who, he said, was his real target.”
Lythgoe was in effect the leader of National Action and gave his approval to Renshaw’s plan, the court heard. The defendants, it was alleged, were part of the northwest branch of National Action and attended a gym to help them train for race war.
“The primary purpose of National Action remained the desire to start a race war and to free white Britain from Jewish control and the proliferation of ethnic minorities,” Atkinson said.
But the defendants were not being prosecuted for their beliefs, he added.
“They are being prosecuted for their participation in ,上海千花网Gabe,a banned organisation that sought through fear, intimidation and the threat of violence rather than through free speech and democracy to shape society in accordance with those racist and neo-Nazi beliefs,” he said.
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon – a day after President Trump said he will look “very closely” at Acosta’s handling of a sex-trafficking case involving billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The rep billed the appearance as a “general press conference,” without elaborating and answering questions about Epstein.
The em,上海419论坛Paydon,battled labor secretary was a federal prosecutor in South Florida when he was involved in a 2008 sweetheart plea deal that allowed Epstein to avoid prosecution on federal charges of molesting teenage girls.
He pleaded guilty to state charges, spent 13 months behind bars and registered as a sex offender.
Acosta’s role in the Epstein case came under renewed scrutiny after federal prosecutors in New York filed similar charges Monday against Epstein, who pleaded not guilty to the new sex-trafficking charges.
Some members of Congress and Democratic presidential candidates are calling on Acosta to resign.
The president said he feels “very badly” for Acosta because he’s been a “very good” secretary.
“I met Secretary Acosta the first time I know when I made the deal to bring him into the administration. I can tell you that for two and a half years he’s been just an excellent secretary of labor,” Trump said Tuesday.
“He’s done a fantastic job,” the president adding, crediting Acosta with hel,上海419论坛Geoffrey,ping boost the economy.
On Tuesday, Trump also distanced himself from Epstein, saying he was “not a fan” and that the former pals had a “falling out” years ago.
Chris Cline, a billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist and political donor once called the “King of Coal,” died Thursday in what news reports said was a helicopter crash in the Bahamas.
News media in Huntington, W.Va., and,上海贵族宝贝论坛Christopher, Palm Beach, Fla., two states he called home, reported that Mr. Cline, who would have turned 61 on Friday, was killed in a crash in which six others also died. Those reports cited unnamed family friends.
Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia said on Twitter on Thursday night that Mr. Cline had died, though he did not mention the cause of death. He,上海千花Timur, referred to Mr. Cline as a West Virginia “superstar” and “a very close friend.”
“Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give,” Mr. Justice wrote. “What a wonderful, loving, and giving man.”
Delvin Major, the chief investigator of air accidents at the Bahamian Air Accident Investigation Department, said in an interview on Thursday night that seven people were killed in a helicopter crash. But he said investigators had not determined the identity of the victims.
“The sex and the identity of the persons we cannot confirm at this time because their bodies have not been identified,” Mr. Major said. “The bodies were recovered and taken to Grand Bahama where the identification can take place.”
Mr. Major said a team had been dispatched from Nassau to Grand Bahama and would begin identifying the victims on Friday. The Associated Press reported that the Royal Bahamas Police Force said the four men and three women who died were American.
The helicopter crashed in the ocean near the island of Grand Cay, Mr. Major said, and investigators were alerted around 5 p.m.
Mr. Cline was a well-known philanthropist and Republican donor who began working in the coal industry in West Virginia in 1980 at the age of 22. He rapidly rose through the industry ranks, founding an energy development group, the Cline Group, in 1990.
In 2006, he founded Foresight Energy to develop and operate mines in Illinois, according to a biography on the firm’s website.
In 2015, he donated $1 million to a super PAC supporting the presidential campaign of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, according to Bloomberg News. He later donated to a super PAC that supported the campaign of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
Mr. Cline also donated generously to Marshall University in Huntington, which he attended. Jerome A. Gilbert, the university president, referred to him as a “son of Marshall” on Twitter Thursday night.
“Chris’s generosity to our research and athletics programs has made a mark on Marshall University,” he wrote. “I am praying for his family.”