A former Hartlepool couple who scooped a £115million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year's Day have pledged to support a community football club in the town. Frances and Patrick Connolly, from Moira in Northern Ireland, lived in Hartlepool for 25 years.Mrs Connolly used to work with St Francis FC and plans to use some of the cash to help the club.Mrs Connolly, 52, said: "This is a massive sum of money and we want it to have a huge impact on the lives of other people we know and love as well as on our future too."This win gives us the chance to really make a difference for our family and friends."I always hoped we would win the lottery one day, but when we did, it would be just our luck that lots of others would win on the same day with the same numbers too - never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever win almost £115 million." Mr Connolly, 54, said the win felt 'unreal'.The couple said they sat in silence after they had realised they had won, struggling to take it … [Read more...] about £115million EuroMillions winners Frances and Patrick Connolly pledge to support Hartlepool community football team
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is set to refer the case to prosecutors after reports that Benalla repeatedly used the passports following his dismissal in August. Any use of these passports after he was sacked "would be against the law", the foreign ministry warned in a statement. Benalla, in a letter to Macron's chief of staff Patrick Strzoda, of which AFP has obtained a copy, acknowledged that he had been in contact with Elysee staff since his departure. But he insisted that none of his subsequent activities had had anything to do with the government. "At all times while carrying out the functions entrusted to me by the Elysee, I never carried out personal and private missions and certainly never received payment as a result, directly or indirectly," he added. "I have never used any recommendation or support from the presidency in the context of my new activities", he wrote. To suggest so would be a complete lie and … [Read more...] about Row in France over Macron ex-bodyguard’s diplomatic passports
Pierre Soulages said several prestigeous museums were loaning works for a Louvre retrospective in December 2019. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News PARIS — France’s master of black Pierre Soulages announced yesterday that he will be the subject of a vast retrospective at the Louvre museum in Paris next year, and possibly an ambitious show in New York as well. "They’re borrowing works from the National Gallery in Washington, the MoMa in New York, the Tate in London. All the great museums are making loans," Soulages said in an interview to mark his 99th birthday. "They’re going to take down everything in the Salon Carre to install my works," he told the Depeche du Midi newspaper, referring to the Louvre’s vaunted gallery of Italian masterpieces. The show will open in December and run through March. In another interview with Le Figaro, Soulages said his dealer Emmanuel Perrotin was planning "a crazy project for my 100th birthday." "He wants to bring all my … [Read more...] about France’s Louvre planning Pierre Soulages retrospective next year
PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number four Sebastien Grosjean has been named France Davis Cup captain for the next two seasons, the French Tennis Federation said on Monday.Grosjean, part of the France team who won the Davis Cup title in 2001, replaced Yannick Noah after the French federation's initial choice Amelie Mauresmo opted not to take up the role.gi Former world number one Mauresmo, who would have become the first woman to captain the team, chose to work with French player Lucas Pouille."It's a great honour to be named captain of the French Davis Cup team because I've always been attached to this competition," Grosjean, who will also lead the men's delegation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, said in a statement."This post, which now has an Olympic dimension, promises to be exciting."France tennis chief Bernard Giudicelli said the team would be stronger than ever with Grosjean's appointment."Sebastien's enthusiasm is proof of this and I'm happy to see a former winner take on the … [Read more...] about Grosjean named France Davis Cup captain
By Adam Satariano and Elian Peltier Published 2:51 pm PST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Yacine Saidi, 14, participates in a workshop on recognizing online misinformation at College Henri Barbusse in Vaulx-en-Velin, France — one of the world’s largest national internet literacy efforts. Yacine Saidi, 14, participates in a workshop on recognizing online misinformation at College Henri Barbusse in Vaulx-en-Velin, France — one of the world’s largest national internet literacy efforts. Photo: Photos By Matthew Avignone / New York Times Photo: Photos By Matthew Avignone / New York Times Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Yacine Saidi, 14, participates in a workshop on recognizing online misinformation at College Henri Barbusse in Vaulx-en-Velin, France … [Read more...] about In France, school lessons ask: Which tweets should you trust?