In Monaco, the Palace has announced the birth of a child to Princess Caroline’s eldest son Andrea Casiraghi and his wife Tatiana. Maximilian Rainier Casiraghi was born in London on the 19th April. The couple already have two children, five year old Sacha and India, who is three.
A teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after being electrocuted at Hyeres railway station in the early hours of this morning. He was apparently climbing onto the roof of a carriage with two friends and has 40 per cent burns to his body. It’s reported that he is being placed in an artificial coma to aid his recovery at the St. Anne Hospital in Toulon.
The latest two day strike by rail employees continues today and is due to end at 8am tomorrow morning. Locally only two out of five services will be operating with one in three TGV services running. More strike action is scheduled for the weekend. President Macron has said that he won’t back down in face of the strikes and says that reforms to the rail network are absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, Air France says it is cancelling around 25 percent of flights again today as staff continue industrial action over a pay dispute.
Heavy goods vehicles will be held in special areas along the A8 motorway from Aix-en-Provence to the Italian border tomorrow. Vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes will be banned from roads in Italy from 9am to 10pm tomorrow due to a national holiday.
A dolphin has been washed up on the shore in Antibes. It was found near Port de la Salis this afternoon and is thought to have died some time ago. Departmental veterinary facilities in Sophia-Antipolis are trying to establish the cause of death.
In national news, billionaire Vincent Bolloré has been detained for questioning by anti-corruption police in Nanterre near Paris. According to reports, he is being questioned about suspected corruption in Africa. His holding company the Bolloré Group has denied any irregularities.
Brent Crude hit $75 today, the highest level in over three years, as fears mounted over the prospect of new US sanctions against Iran. It’s the sixth consecutive day that the price of crude has risen. Iran is the third biggest OPEC oil producer. The US will decide by 12 May whether to abandon a nuclear deal with Iran and re-impose sanctions.
New figures show that UK government borrowing is at the lowest level for 11 years. The Office for National Statistics said that borrowing fell by £3.5bn to £42.6bn in the 2017-18 financial year. Total public debt stands at £1.798 trillion.
Ryanair is to buy 25 Boeing 737 passenger planes. The 737 Max 200 aircraft are worth about $3bn at list prices.
Arsenal Football Club has signed a deal with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD Auto to be the club’s official car and bus sponsor. The club said that the deal represents a further step forward in working with its partners to build a greener future, following its work to power Emirates Stadium and all other Arsenal sites with 100% renewable energy.
FOOTBALL.. The German Football Association has submitted a bid to host the 2024 European Championship finals. Uefa said last year that the tournament will be held in either Germany or Turkey. The Turkish Football Federation is expected to submit its bid this week. Uefa is set to announce the host on 27 September.
In other football news, former France midfielder Henri Michel has died at the age of 70. He was capped 58 times by France and was coach from 1984 to 1988. He coached a total of eight countries during his 30-year managerial career. Michel won three league titles during a 16-year playing career with Nantes.
RUGBY UNION.. Dan Robson has signed a new contract with Wasps. Scrum-half Robson has scored 27 tries in 81 appearances for the club since he joined Wasps from Gloucester three years ago. He’s already scored 10 tries this season to help Wasps reach third place in the Premiership with two games remaining.