Newspaper headlines: 'EU vaccine war explodes', and Macron 'attacks' Oxford jab

By BBC News
Staff

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image captionNorthern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster was among those to criticise the European Commission's earlier proposals

Most of the front pages were published before the European Union reversed its efforts to control the export of coronavirus vaccines to Northern Ireland.

The Sun declares: "Now EU really are giving us the needle."

MPs accused Brussels chiefs of "behaving like the mafia", according to the Daily Express.

The Daily Mail updates its first edition saying the EU had performed what it called a "screeching U-turn".

The backtrack is dubbed "humiliating" in the Guardian's story.

The FT Weekend describes the plan to apply trade controls between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as "an incendiary move."

The Irish Independent suggests the decision may have been taken "inadvertently" by someone who did not understand the political implications.

The EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier, tells the Times that he had called for Brussels to step back in the row.

The Daily Telegraph focuses on what it calls the "fury" provoked by Emmanuel Macron's suggestion that the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is "quasi-ineffective" in the over 65s.

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image captionEmmanuel Macron has suggested that the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is "quasi-ineffective" in those over the age of 65.

The paper says the French president has been criticised for not understanding the science by experts and senior Conservatives.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Macron warns Boris Johnson's government to decide where its alliances lie - be it with the EU, the US or Singapore.

The i is among several papers to report that liquid mud is said to be pouring into tunnels dug by environmental campaigners close to Euston station to protest against the HS2 rail link.

A campaigner tells the Daily Mirror that the water is being deliberately pumped in - a claim for which the paper found no evidence and was dismissed by HS2.

The Daily Star mocks what it calls the "posh climate activists" for complaining about the noise created by the workers trying to dig them out, with its headline, "This tunnel's pure torture, Tarquin".

The founder of Bet 365, Denise Coates and her family are top, with Fred and Peter Done - the brothers behind another bookies, Bet Fred - third.

The Times points out that the government's considering a crackdown on the gambling industry.

There has been a sharp rise in UK holiday accommodation prices, according to the FT Weekend, as people prepare for staycations.

The FT says the country's largest holiday cottage operator, Awaze, has reported double digit increases in rates.

The Guardian suggests Cornwall has been deluged with holiday enquiries.

There has been something of a kickback against outsiders in the Cornish resort of Padstow.

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The Times says the town wants to ban second home owners from buying new builds to stop locals being priced out of the market.

But the paper says when St Ives tried a similar thing it led to a rise in the price of existing properties.

And the Sun reports that an amateur metal detectorist has discovered what is believed to be the centrepiece of Henry VIII's long lost crown in a field in Northamptonshire.

At first, Kevin Duckett mistook the small gold figurine for a crumpled foil dish or a milk bottle top.

The British Museum is now checking its authenticity but it could be worth £2m.