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Brexit bargaining, the fall of Carlos Ghosn, anger over fuel hikes, 'Le Black Friday'

We forgot about Gilbraltar! Spain's prime minister, who's on a visit to Cuba ahead of this coming Sunday's summit in Brussels to ratify the draft divorce deal with Britain, insists he won't sign it if the status of the disputed territory isn't treated separately from the rest. Gilbraltar had failed to rate in the astounding soap opera known as Brexit. Until now.

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At the start of this week, the boss of the world's top selling auto making alliance was plucked by police from his private jet at Tokyo airport. Now Carlos Ghosn is out of a job at both Nissan and Mistibushi, and on his way out at Renault. The highest paid CEO in France was also the highest paid CEO in Japan and allegedly hid a big portion of his pay from the taxman.

Emmanuel Macron has blown up the mainstream political parties and stared down the trade unions, but has France's president met his match with a leaderless protest against rising fuel prices? The “gilets jaunes”, or the yellow vest protest movement, remind us that carbon taxes on diesel and unleaded fuels come on the heels of a decade during which spending power has failed to grow.

From the yellow vests to “Le Black Friday”. Another illustration of US soft power. The rest of the world may not adopt the American Thanksgiving celebrations, but thanks in no small part to the worldwide web and online promotions, Black Friday sales have become a part of the lexicon the world over.

Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Laure FOURQUET and James VASINA

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