Death - Police are waiting to interview a woman who poisoned her three children, before attempting suicide on herself. The children, two boys aged five and nine, plus an eight year old girl, were discovered by their father yesterday. The tragedy happened in the suburbs of Bordeaux.
Greve - Strike season continues with lawyers being the latest to join protests against government reforms. Courts in Nice are closed today, as lawyers from the Bar demonstrate against government plans to simplify criminal and civil procedures, and move toward more computer based administration. Lawyers will protest again next Wednesday, including a march in Paris.
Meanwhile, various other strikes continue, including energy workers, garbage collectors and students blocking campuses to protest more selective entry requirements for universities. Air France pilots have also announced more strike action with four more days of action announced for later in the month. This is all in addition to a rolling rail workers strike, which will bring a stop to trains once more, this Sunday and Monday.
Fire - There was a full evacuation of the Novotel in Monaco last night, after fire alarms went off around 10.30. Fire services were almost immediately on the scene and dealt with a small blaze, which is being investigated today. Nobody was injured during the incident.
Film Fest - A Spanish movie is to open this years Cannes Film Festival, with the Penelope Cruz/Javier Bardem movie “Everybody Knows”. Both stars will be on the red carpet for the premiere night on May the 8th. It’s only the second time a Spanish movie has opened the festival.
Spanish police have arrested a French whistle-blower, who is evading a prison sentence in Switzerland, for sending thousands of secret HSBC client bank details to tax authorities. Hervé Falciani said he did it to expose massive tax evasion via Swiss accounts. He was arrested after Spanish authorities received an international arrest warrant issued by the Swiss. Last November, HSBC agreed to pay €300m to French authorities to settle a long-running investigation into tax evasion by French clients via Switzerland.
Australia's biggest winemaker, Accolade Wines, is to be bought by US private equity firm The Carlyle Group for one billion Australian dollars. Accolade is the fifth largest winemaker in the world.
Formula 1 - There is talk of changing the course in Monaco, to extend the track, when the new development at Portier Cove is completed. Located just before the circuit’s tunnel, Portier Cove will add 15 acres to Monaco, with some members of the Automobile Club, and Prince Albert himself, considering the new area for future races.
Football - UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool, following an attack by fans, on the Manchester City team bus as it arrived at Anfield last night. Liverpool supporters threw fireworks and missiles at the bus, rendering it unroadworthy, however nobody was hurt in the disturbance.
The President of the Italian referees association says parcels filled with bullets have been sent to him and other members of the body. It comes after supporter protests over the use of video assistant referees, which have been introduced this season with mixed results.