Newspaper headlines: Brexit bill 'revolt' and Max's law vote

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Image caption The Times considers attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron to shape what it calls a special but critical relationship with the US

The government's repeal bill, which will convert EU legislation into British law, is dismissed by the Guardian as a "bodge-job".

The paper expresses concern about the use of what are known as Henry VIII powers, which it believes will lead to ministers wielding a formidable weapon of executive control without accountability.

The Times shares such concerns, saying ministerial powers are too broad.

The details of Brexit are too important to be left to ministers and civil servants, argues the paper.

Instead, they should be hammered out in Parliament.

The Financial Times describes the government's repeal bill as a largely technical measure that will ensure legal continuity after Brexit.

But it warns that it will become a legislative quagmire when MPs start debating it in the autumn.

The Daily Mirror also takes up the theme, predicting months of parliamentary warfare.

The Daily Mail wonders why the bill has created hysteria, describing the government's approach as common sense.

The paper say it is a straightforward and eminently workable bill.

The Daily Express describes it as entirely necessary and a vital part of the Brexit process, while the Sun says the legislation is harmless.

'America's best friend'

The Times considers attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron to shape what it calls a special but critical relationship with the US.

It talks of him as trying to portray himself as America's best friend in Europe.

With Theresa May embroiled in Brexit negotiations, the Times says Mr Macron has moved to fill the void with fulsome expressions of support for the US and its president.

The Daily Telegraph suggests that by bringing Mr Trump to Paris, Mr Macron has clearly stolen a march on the embattled Mrs May.

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Image caption Liu Xiaobo died from liver cancer

There are many reflections on the life of the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, who died on Thursday from liver cancer at a heavily-guarded hospital.

For the Guardian, the fact that he was still held over his peaceful call for democratic reform, almost nine years ago, is China's shame and a stain on the world's conscience.

The Telegraph says that although he became a hero to Chinese dissidents, the country's strict censorship of the media meant most people there had probably never heard of him.

The Times sees Mr Lui's death as a reminder that China has a long distance to travel before it can class itself as a free moral nation.

Hope skeleton

The skeleton of Hope the blue whale went on show in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum, in London, on Thursday.

For the Mail, it is the attraction's most jaw-dropping exhibit, while the chief art critic of the Times gives it five stars.

Rachel Campbell-Johnston describes how the skeleton seems almost to swoop down upon you.

She concludes: "How can you help but be awestruck?"

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Image caption The skeleton of the blue whale Hope appears at the Natural History Museum

The sports pages are dominated by Briton Johanna Konta's defeat in the Wimbledon semi-final.

The Telegraph says her hopes were crushed by a ruthless performance by the five-times champion, Venus Williams.

The i talks of Konta being overwhelmed by the power and grace of the ageless US player, while the Mail says she was blown away by a pace attack.

The Daily Mirror says it was a painful loss, but believes it is just the beginning for Konta.

The Sun also strikes an optimistic tone, saying she has vowed to "win it one day".

Greatness, suggests the Guardian, remains tantalisingly within reach, and Konta must believe she can grab it.

Ambulance concerns

The Daily Mail highlights concerns from health campaigners that victims of suspected heart attacks and strokes will have to wait 10 minutes longer for an ambulance.

In its editorial, the paper says health bosses are playing with lives and it predicts they will come to regret the decision.

The Times believes an overhaul is needed, but thinks the unions have a point when they say removing inefficiency will not make problems in the system go away.

The Daily Mirror continues its campaign to change the organ donor rules in England so every person is deemed a donor unless they opt out.

It reports that Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson is planning to introduce a private member's bill to bring in such a change.

The Mirror highlights the case of nine-year-old Max Johnson, who is awaiting a heart transplant, and says the change would give him and other children a better chance.

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