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VE Day: Time to take inspiration from this 'magnificent wartime generation'


IN THE PAPERS - Friday, May 8: We bring you reactions from the French papers as France prepares to ease lockdown restrictions from next week. The British dailies pay tribute to the "wartime generation", 75 years after the end of World War II. And in the US, two white men are charged over the shooting death of a young black man which sparked outrage after a graphic video surfaced online this week. 


There's lots of focus on the French government's announcements about beginning of the end of the lockdown, next Monday. "The end of the lockdown," Le Parisien says excitedly on its front page, outlining all the new measures in place. A new test awaits French society now as the lockdown is eased, Le Parisien's editor says. The right-wing paper Le Figaro celebrates the "door to freedom finally being opened ever so slightly". French people will now have some freedom, albeit under the watchful eye of authorities.

This Friday marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. The British paper The Daily Mirror has this rousing message: "75 years ago, our battered nation emerged from six years of horror." Now as we fight a new enemy, it says, it's time to draw inspiration from "that magnificent wartime generation". 

In the US, two men have been charged in Georgia over the shooting death of a young black man, Ahmaud Arbery, back in February. It comes after a graphic video circulated online this week. Arbery was shot while running, after being chased down by the former police officer and his son, who say he looked like a suspect in a series of break-ins in the neighbourhood. The Washington Post slams the vigilante-style killing, saying "we're no longer living in the Wild Wild West". Today would have been Arbery's 26th birthday. An online tribute is taking place. Supporters are putting on their sneakers and running 2.23 miles or 3.5 kilometres under the hashtag #iRunWithMaud. You can read all about that in the Atlanta Voice.

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