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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

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