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Monaco has taken part in the 85th general assembly of Interpol, which took place over four days in Bali.
Apart from mainly administrative matters, the 830 police chiefs and other top law enforcement officials present discussed the reinforcement of police capabilities and resources in the face of international terror, cyber-criminality and organised crime.
Applications for Interpol membership from Kosovo, Palestine and the Solomon Islands were put on hold, pending a report to be made to the next general assembly, due to be held next year in Beijing.
Richard Marangoni, Director of Public Safety, and Christophe Haget, Head of Criminal Investigation Division, will meet top French security officials in Paris early in the new year.
Monaco received plaudits for developing an interface between its own checks of traveller and visitor documents and the Interpol database, a scheme known as “I-Checkit.” This has worked well in swiftly identifying false documentation.
Despite one extra pit-stop over Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken out the French GP, extending his championship lead.
France has said that night clubs will be able to reopen in July, leaving club owners delighted but also concerned about what kind of rules will need to be implemented.
The YCM will host June's Festival of the Sea in honour of the patron saint of fishermen, Saint Peter, however the event will be scaled back this year due to health restrictions.
A new public use facility called A Fabrica has been inaugurated in the heart of Princess Antoinette Park, a space made possible by the generosity of two local donors.
In his first full day in office as President of France, Emmanuel Macron has named the Deputy Mayor of Le Havre, Edouard Philippe, as his prime minister. The 46-year-old new head of government has been a strong supporter of conservative Alain Juppé, but his first foray into politics was as a Socialist. More recently he famously declined to give details of the value of his apartment in Paris and a house in Seine-Maritime. “No idea,” was his answer to enquiries from the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP). Born in Rouen to two French teacher parents, Mr Philippe’s credentials as a product of the highest echelons of the Parisian educational system are impeccable. He graduated at Sciences Po-Paris in 1992 and then at ENA, the École nationale d'administration. After working alongside Alain Juppe during the fictitious jobs crisis of 2004, Mr Phillipe joined a law firm. He later became Director of Public Affairs at Areva. His own public political career was launched in June 2010, when he took over from Antoine Rufenacht at the Le Havre town hall. Further appointments by president Macron during the next few days will be watched closely. (Feature image President Macron: Facebook Élysée – Présidence de la République française)