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Today’s front pages: Williamson sacking and Labour Day protests

A round-up of the newspaper headlines on 2 May

The surprise sacking of defence secretary Gavin Williamson over the so-called Huawei leak dominates this morning’s front pages, although most found room for a photo of Princess Charlotte, who turns four today.

The Daily Mail leads with a head-to-head composite between the prime minister - declaring “You’re fired!” - and her ousted minister, who reportedly swore his innocence on his children’s lives, pleading: “I didn’t do it!”

The Independent takes a subtler approach to the continuing mystery over Williamson’s guilt, with its headline “Case closed?”

Meanwhile, across the Channel the front pages were dominated by images of mass protests across France on Labour Day. Traditionally a day for union-led demonstrations, the atmosphere was unusually tense this year, due to the presence of violent “black bloc” activists among the mostly peaceful protestors, and to repressive action by police, who made hundreds of arrests on what left-wing daily Liberation called a “neutralised 1 May”.

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