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18 December 2020 14:32

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney's eleven-year-old son, Kai Rooney, has signed for the Premier League giants.

Virus-stricken Macron at presidential retreat with fever French President Emmanuel Macron is riding out the coronavirus in a presidential retreat at Versailles PARIS--As French President Emmanuel Macron rides out the coronavirus in a presidential retreat at Versailles, critics on Friday called out slip-ups in his virus protection behavior, from a close-quarters handshake to repeated big-group meals over the past week. It's seen as a bad example and unfair to his compatriots, just as France sees a new uptick in infections and doctors are warning families to stay cautious this holiday season — especially at the dinner table. While Macron usually wears a mask and adheres to social distancing rules, and has insisted that his virus strategy is driven by science, the 42-year-old president has been captured on camera in recent days violating France's own guidelines. Both were masked, but Macron's office acknowledged Friday the move was a "mistake." Last week, Macron spent two days in intense negotiations at an EU summit in Brussels with the leaders of the other 26 EU countries. Video excerpts released by the EU showed the leaders spread out in a circle in a huge meeting room — Macron, and most of the other leaders, were not masked.

Macron also hosted or took part in multiple large-group meals in the days before testing positive Thursday, including with members of his centrist party and rival politicians, while French people are currently advised to avoid gatherings larger than six people. His office has been contacting those present for the meals, but told some people sitting far from the president that they are not considered at risk. Macron is suffering from fever, cough and fatigue, officials with the presidency said Friday. Macron's positive test comes as French health authorities are again seeing a rise in infections and are warning of more as French families prepare to get together for Christmas and New Year festivities. France reported another 18,254 new infections Thursday and its death toll is just under 60,000.

France's Pasteur Institute released a study Friday suggesting that meal times at home and in public are a major source of contamination. Pasteur epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet said on France-Inter radio Friday that during the holidays, "we can see each other, simply not be too numerous, and at critical moments at meals, not too many people at the same table." Macron took a test "as soon as the first symptoms appeared" on Thursday morning and will self-isolate for seven days, in line with national health authorities' recommendations, the presidency said. Macron plans to continue working, and went ahead with a planned speech by videoconference Thursday. The French health minister suggested that Macron might have been infected at the EU summit in Brussels last week, but Macron had multiple meetings in Paris as well. France had Europe's first virus case in January, but Macron's government came under criticism for not having enough masks or tests and not confining the population quickly enough.

A strict two-month lockdown brought infections down, and France sent children back to school and their parents back to work. But infections surged again this fall so he declared a new, softer lockdown in October aimed at relieving pressure on hospitals. Wayne Rooney/Instagram Kai Rooney is Wayne and Coleen's eldest son Following in the famous footsteps of his dad, Wayne, Kai Rooney has signed for Manchester United! Kai, who is 11, was pictured alongside his dad and mum, Coleen, putting pen to paper on a contract at the famous football club. Wayne - who played for United from 2004 until 2017 - posted the picture on social media, saying: "Proud day. Kai signing for Man Utd. Keep up the hard work son." Kai was also pictured holding up a United shirt with the number 10 on the back - the same number his dad wore. Kai has signed a Premier League academy registration to be part of United's Under-11 team. To enjoy the CBBC Newsround website at its best you will need to have JavaScript turned on. Earlier this year Wayne posted footage of Kai training and showing glimpses that he could have a future in football. Kai is the eldest of four sons, with his brothers called Klay, Kit and Cass. His mum, Coleen, was also pictured at the United signing, she wrote on social media: "Special night... congratulations Kai. I love you and I am so proud of you. Keep trying your best." Should Kai follow in the path of his father, he will not be too far away from playing senior football - Wayne made his first team debut for Everton when he was just 16, and soon scored a famous goal in the Premier League with his long range winner against Arsenal just before his 17th birthday. Wayne Rooney went onto play for England and become Man United's all-time leading scorer with 253 goals from 559 appearances. Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney's eleven-year-old son, Kai Rooney, has signed for the Premier League giants. Rooney is Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer and won five Premier League titles during his 13 seasons at Old Trafford, as well as the 2007/08 Champions League title in a star-studded attack that also featured Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. And the former England captain appears delighted that youngster Kai is following in his footsteps by joining the Red Devils' youth ranks. We've all become familiar with the image of a manager putting their arm around the shoulder of a new recruit as they sign a contract, and Rooney shared such a photograph on his Twitter account on Thursday. Also accompanied by wife Coleen, Rooney added the caption: "Proud day. Kai signing for @ManUtd. Keep up the hard work son." While it obviously remains to be seen whether Kai has what it takes to eventually progress to senior level within the Old Trafford setup, we have been privy to a few short clips of the youngster in action already. Back in March, Kai took part in the Stay At Home challenge, which saw a number of world football's biggest stars film themselves performing kick-ups with a toilet roll. We've also seen Kai score a free kick echoing the kind of dipping strike that his father netted for the Red Devils from time-to-time throughout his illustrious Old Trafford career. And a video of Kai learning the ropes from private trainer Tom Owens shows him performing a number of different skills, perhaps the most impressive being cute finishes into the top and bottom corners of the net. Off the pitch, there are examples too that Kai has what it takes to become a future superstar at United. Several years ago, he was filmed signing autographs outside Old Trafford... While he's also learned the ways of 'the dab' from current Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard. Rooney senior, meanwhile, is currently operating as interim manager at Derby County, with the Rams taking one win and four draws from his seven games in charge so far.