London angry after French president brands UK PM a ‘clown’ Dec 03, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaLondonReported comments by French President Emmanuel Macron branding British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a “clown” and a “knucklehead” were “unhelpful,” a British government minister said on Thursday.The French president’s scathing assessment of the prime minister threatened to fuel an already bitter diplomatic row between London and Paris which has been simmering for weeks.Business Minister George Freeman suggested the remarks belonged in the “pantomime season” and linked them to the impending French elections.“Of course, the prime minister isn’t a clown, he is the elected prime minister of this country with a very big mandate, leading this country through the pandemic,” he told Sky News. The comments attributed to Macron were made privately to a small group of his advisers during a visit last week to Croatia, according to French satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine.The president had already lashed out publicly at Johnson, accusing him of not being “serious” in his response to the capsizing of a migrant boat in the Channel with the loss of 27 lives. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES No end to Delhi’s air pollution woes, schools closed again Dec 03, 2021 0 0 Rapid global spread of Omicron unabated, experts deeply worried Dec 03, 2021 0 0 Iraq repatriates 433 more stranded migrants from Belarus Dec 03, 2021 0 0 ‘Personal meeting’ with Peng Shuai agreed upon, says IOC dpa London The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it has spoken again with tennis player Peng Shuai as it reacted to the WTA’s suspension of tournaments in China. WTA chairman and chief executive Steve Simon has .. First trial on state torture in Syria may end in January dpa Koblenz, Germany A trial that German prosecutors say is the world’s first criminal proceedings on state torture in Syria may end in January. Senior prosecutor Jasper Klinge said during a break in the hearing at .. Ten killed in blast targeting oil field workers in war-torn Syria Damascus At least 10 people were killed on Thursday in an explosion that targeted a bus in the east of war-torn Syria, state media and a monitoring group reported. Syria’s state news agency SANA said a “terrorist .. Austrian Chancellor Schallenberg announces surprise resignation Vienna Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Thursday he is stepping down, less than two months after taking office and hours after his scandal-plagued predecessor, Sebastian Kurz, announced his .. Libyan court reinstates Gaddafi’s son as candidate for president Benghazi, Libya A Libyan court on Thursday reinstated Saif al-Islam, the son of late dictator Moamer Gaddafi, as an official candidate for president in an election due later this month, Libya media reported. Last ..