Strikes - Train drivers have vowed to intensify their strike action, after failing to make any progress in talks with the government. Meanwhile, a recent Od.oxa poll shows 57% of people consider the strike unjustified, while a BVA polls shows 74% of people are in favour of reforms at SNCF. The unions will return for more talks ahead of two more days of train strikes on Sunday and Monday. In other strike news, flights between Nice and Paris are set to be severely affected by the latest Air France pilots strike tomorrow. The airline are requesting people with plans to travel to change their flights.
Tax - Christian Estrosi traded blows with the Mayor of Cap d’Ail yesterday, when the mayor demanded Estrosi retract tax increases. M Estrosi responded by asking the Mayor to leave the chamber, to see if the grass was greener elsewhere.
Tram - The Mayor of Cagnes-sur-Mer has made a call to extend the new tram line, from Nice airport out to Cagnes-sur-mer and beyond. He said the tram was not just for the city but for everyone. The council have agreed to a feasibility study to look at the plan.
Ref - An amateur football referee has been banned for six years from the game for starting a fight during a match. The incident happened last February, when the referee was being taunted by parents, on the sideline of the Under 13’s match between St Sylvestre and Juan-les-Pins. At the end of the game, the referee left the pitch, and returned with fifteen friends, to take on the parents. The French Football Federation also asking the public prosecutor to take a case against the parents, for instigating the row.
Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival has confirmed a world premiere of a new Star Wars film, to be shown publicly on May 23rd in Cannes. The movie, entitled “Solo, A Star Wars Story” was directed by Ron Howard and stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Danny Glover.
China has fired the latest salvo in a possible trade war, saying it will take on the United States at any cost. The warning from China's Ministry of Commerce came after President Donald Trump said he was considering $100bn in extra tariffs on Chinese goods.
Meanwhile US job growth slowed sharply last month, as employers added 103,000 positions during March. The figure was smaller than expected, but left the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1%.
Formula 1 - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo beat Mercedes and Ferrari, to set the fastest time in first practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Australian was 0.304 seconds ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, who edged Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari by 0.094secs. World champion Lewis Hamilton was only fifth quickest, behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after making a mistake on his flying lap on the fastest tyre. The race gets underway at 5pm French time on Sunday.
Rugby - Paddy Jackson has said he is ashamed, the woman who accused him of rape left his home distressed, and has apologised for betraying the values of his family. Jackson, and his Ireland & Ulster team-mate, Stuart Olding, were unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court last week. Jackson also said public criticism of his behaviour was fully justified and he expressed determination to return to the values and principles that guided his upbringing.
Football - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says a few idiots killed everything, by attacking Manchester City's team bus at Anfield on Wednesday. Cans, bottles and flares were thrown at the bus, as a crowd gathered before the Champions League quarter-final first-leg game. Merseyside Police are investigating the attack, while UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings.