Why is it still happening? As outrage spreads over yet another killing by police of an unarmed African-American, Twitter filters a Donald Trump tweet for glorifying violence. François Picard’s panel reviews the roots and consequences of the riots in Minneapolis and elsewhere. Also in the show: China shrugs off US pressure over Hong Kong, Boris Johnson braves the storm and refuses to sack Dominic Cummings for flouting the UK’s lockdown rules and we count down the days until café terraces are allowed to reopen in Paris.
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Boris Johnson has been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019.
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Dominic Cummings is a British political strategist who served as senior adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson from July 2019 until the Autumn of 2020.
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Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.
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France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.
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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.
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