France beneath Deschamps attending a lot like England beneath Eriksson

If you happened to flick through the first 14 pages of L’Équipe on Thursday morning you would have read nothing but stories about France’s unconvincing 2-1 win over Australia and where they could improve against Peru. The paper concluded that France have “four major deficiencies”: “a lack of physical freshness, no attacking cohesion, not moving …

Africa is assuredly uniting: now we charge acceptable backroom | Paul Kagame

In Africa, our biggest threats are also opportunities. By 2035, 450 million Africans will have joined the working age population, more than the rest of the world combined in that time. They will power our economies forward, as long as there are jobs they have the knowledge to perform. But our schools and universities have …

Rule of law ‘virtually absent’ in Venezuela, UN address says

Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences, as the rule of law is “virtually absent” in the country, according to a new report by the United Nations. The UN human rights office called on the government to bring perpetrators to justice and said it was sending its report to …

‘Xenophobic and racist’: Elena Ferrante warns of crisis to Italy from Matteo Salvini

The Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has made a rare foray into the political arena, warning of the dangers of underestimating the “xenophobic and racist” new interior minister Matteo Salvini who heads up Italy’s far-right League party. Writing in her column for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, the reclusive Ferrante, who has kept her identity hidden, said …

Elena Ferrante: Matteo Salvini seems actuating – until he bangs his racist fists

I’ve never been politically active. I’ve never organized marches or demonstrations, or helped organize them. I’ve confined myself to taking part in initiatives that seemed urgent, and necessary for the common good. There have been times when I was truly alarmed, and feared for the fate of democracy in my country. But more often I’ve …

When a ailing MP is affected to vote, our backroom has absent blow with absoluteness | Gaby Hinsliff

She came in a wheelchair, heavily dosed on morphine, clutching a cardboard bowl in case she was sick. The sight of the Labour MP Naz Shah voting in her pyjamas this week was, frankly, disturbing. What kind of workplace asks a woman to discharge herself from hospital for something she could have dealt with on …

Lee Miller and Viviane Sassen analysis – photography and the changeable gaze

At the entrance to the Hepworth Wakefield’s new exhibition Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain sits Man Ray’s Object of Destruction, a ticking metronome with an image of Miller’s eye affixed to the pendulum. Ray designed the piece in 1932 after his relationship with Miller broke down (this is a reconstruction by Andrew Lanyon). Ray’s …

‘Wilful misreading’: Lionel Shriver replies to critics in assortment row

Lionel Shriver has responded to the vituperative row that followed her recent comments about Penguin Random House’s diversity scheme, saying that it was not diversity but quotas that she was objecting to and calling out what she described as the “malicious misinterpretation” of her original essay. In a piece for the Spectator this month, Shriver …

Windrush ceremony account at Westminster Abbey – in pictures

Andria Marsh, 63, holds up photographs of her parents and her original British passport Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA Windrush passenger Alford Gardner at the service Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Floella Benjamin (L) greets a guest at the abbey. Lady Benjamin said she felt joy: ‘I was floating, like a bird, free’ Photograph: James Shaw/Shutterstock The shadow home …