BREXIT NEWS IN BRIEF
After David Davis’ recent resignation from his position as Brexit secretary, it has been announced that former housing minister Dominic Raab has been promoted into the role instead. Davis resigned stating that he could no longer support the government’s policies regarding Brexit.
SNCF has unveiled plans to remodel Paris’ Gare du Nord station, to take into account postBrexit security and border controls. The redevelopment of the station is due to be completed by 2024 when Paris is set to host the Olympics.
President of the Hauts-de-france region and former French minister Xavier Bertrand is calling upon President Macron to discuss Brexit issues directly with Theresa May, in direct contravention of the EU ban on bilateral talks. Bertrand feels that the Channel ports and Eurotunnel, which presently see some 16,000 trucks a day pass through, could be on the brink of economic disaster, thanks to the lack of concrete border and customs policies going forward.
the world championships. Horner, who died in June this year, aged 95, sold 30 million records and is best known for travelling with the Tour de France during the 1950s and early 1960s and playing while strapped to the roof of a publicity car.
Although the accordion went out of favour during the 1960s, with the growth of rock and pop, interest in France’s iconic music was revived in the 1990s, with groups such as Les Negresses Vertes and Les Têtes Raides making it cool to enjoy the accordion once more.
The comeback was complete when Breton accordion and piano player Yann Tiersen provided the soundtrack for the romantic comedy Amélie in 2001. The film’s huge international success helped the instrument to reclaim its rightful place as the iconic symbol of chic and charm à la française.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Yvette Horner performing on one of her famous (and perilous) Tour de France outings; A common sight on the bridges and streets of Paris; The archetypal accordion as we know it