The campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union retained its lead for a second consecutive week, according to a TNS online poll on Wednesday which put the "In" camp on 39 percent against 36 percent for the "Out" campaign. The previous such TNS poll had "In" on 38 percent and "Out" on 34 percent. It was the first TNS polling completed since U.S. President Barack Obama urged Britain last month to stay inside the 28-member bloc, an appeal which TNS said had not caused a significant shift in opinion.
French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri staunchly defended the government's contested labour reform bill on Tuesday as it finally reached parliament after sparking two months of mass protests. The government says the bill is designed to unlock France's rigid labour market and cut stubbornly high unemployment of around 10 percent -- the issue that has dogged Socialist President Francois Hollande's four years in power. In a passionate defence of the reform, the 38-year-old El Khomri said it was "necessary" and "fair".
Thousands danced in the streets of Leicester and millions around the world watched in wonder as the 5,000-1 underdogs sealed a scarcely credible title on Monday. The unthinkable came true thanks to second-place Tottenham Hotspur being held to a 2-2 draw at outgoing champions Chelsea, kicking off a marathon round of celebrations in Leicester. The Thai-owned club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Italian manager Claudio Ranieri and top scorer Jamie Vardy were among those dining out at the city's San Carlo restaurant to celebrate becoming champions for the first time in the Foxes' 132-year history.