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Latest update : 2010-04-19

Dunkirk-style mission to rescue the stranded by cancelled flights

In today’s international press review, many newspapers make a link between the ash cloud and British politics.

The British government announced a rescue plan for the 200,000 Britons stranded abroad, a plan that could involve the deployment of the royal navy.

The Independent compares this to a historical event: the battle of Dunkirk.

The Daily Mail made the same comparison. The newspaper talks about another rescue mission, lead by Dan Snow.

The British historian and TV presenter tried to rescue a friend and around 500 other people, stuck in Calais. But the French border police said he wasn’t authorized to do this. They finally let him sail back to England with only 25 people.

Meanwhile, the Guardian says the air traffic chaos could be the “next game changer” in British politics.
Great Britain is currently in the middle of an election campaign and according to recent polls, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown is trailing behind his two rivals.

One of the Guardian’s journalists is currently stranded in Tenerife. She writes directly to the Labour leader: “Gordon, if you can get the Navy out here, we will personally deliver you a 0.5% swing.”

The ash cloud in Iceland has also made the front page of The International Herald Tribune and Aujourd’hui en France, which both printed interesting cartoons related to the event.

And finally, the Daily Telegraph reports about an Australian couple who ended up broadcasting their wedding on the internet, because they were stranded in Dubai.

By Aurore Cloe DUPUIS



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