Biden in Europe — Back to Strasbourg — Transatlantic talk

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Biden in Europe — Back to Strasbourg — Transatlantic talk

Joe Biden’s trip to Europe, an interview with Germany’s transatlantic coordinator, the European Parliament’s strange return to Strasbourg, and a brewing Brussels brouhaha over the French language all feature in this episode.

As Biden makes his first overseas presidential trip for a series of summits — with the G7, NATO, the EU and Vladimir Putin — POLITICO’s Andrew Gray gets a preview from colleagues Rym Momtaz, David M. Herszenhorn and Anna Isaac, who are all headed to Cornwall for the first of those powwows.

Peter Beyer, the German government’s transatlantic point man, talks to POLITICO’s Matthew Karnitschnig about what’s changed now that Donald Trump no longer occupies the White House, how the West’s approach to China is evolving and how the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline impacts relations with Washington.

Meanwhile, a debate is heating up in Brussels over plans by Paris to use only French when conducting business during its upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU, starting in January 2022. POLITICO’s Maïa de La Baume has the inside scoop on that, and on the European Parliament’s strange return to Strasbourg after more than a year of pandemic-enforced absence.

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Jail term for man who slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face

Damien Tarel gets four months in prison for hitting president.

Jail term for man who slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face

The man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Monday has been jailed.

Damien Tarel, 28, appeared in court in Valence charged with violence against a person invested with public authority. He was jailed for four months and given an additional 14-month suspended sentence. He was also banned from ever holding public office and from owning weapons for five years.

According to AFP, Tarel identified himself in court as a right-wing “patriot” and a member of the Yellow Jackets protest movement and appeared in court wearing the same green T-shirt he wore on the day of his arrest.

Asked why he had attacked the president when Macron was on a visit to the southeastern town of Tain-l’Hermitage, Tarel said he had thought about throwing an egg or cream tart, but insisted he had not considered slapping Macron and acted on impulse.

“When I saw his friendly, lying look, which sought me out as a voter, I was filled with disgust,” he was reported as saying to the court.

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