Journalists and the public enjoy considering the alternatives to the leaders’ assertion they were talking about Iran

So what were they talking about? An unusual photo of the German and French leaders, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, apparently covering their mouths while deep in conversation with a concerned-looking Theresa May has sparked all manner of theories.

For some, the picture recalled a conspiratorial huddle of football players trying to conceal from the opposing team their options for a shot on goal. “May, Merkel and Macron going for the old hide-the-free-kick-plan-from-the-lipreader trick,” tweeted the Agence France-Presse reporter Danny Kemp.

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