School - Parents of school children are complaining about next weeks return to school, as two public holidays in the week, means there will be no school next Tuesday or next Thursday. However, parents are asked to avoid the temptation to keep kids off school the other days and gain an extra full weeks holiday. Parents are reminded that attendance is mandatory, and extreme cases of absenteeism from school, can lead to considerable financial fines for parents.
May - From tomorrow, car tests will be harder to pass, with an extra nine items being added to the inspection list, bringing to 132 the number of items tested. Failure to repair items which fail, could also lead to a fine of €135. Also tomorrow, the price of cigarettes will increase once more. The average price now hovers around €8 a pack, that’s up a euro from January, and well on the way to the €10 a pack promised by the government.
Accident - Near St Tropez, a 62 year old man suffered a heart attack, during a routine dive to the wreck of the Rubis, 40 metres under the water at Cavalaire. The man was taken by air to hospital in Toulon. Meanwhile a ten year old boy is in a serious condition at Lenval Hospital in Nice after a serious biking accident in the Var. The boy was transported by helicopter from Thoronet with a serious thigh injury.
Italy - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, has called for a fresh election in June, to resolve who will govern the country. Talks to form a coalition following last Marches inconclusive election have failed.
The EU is to launch a series of counter-measures against the steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by President Trump in March. Last minute talks are being held with the US today, to continue the EU’s initial exemption from the tariffs, but if agreement can’t be reached, the tariffs will be put in place from tomorrow.
Meanwhile China say they will refuse to discuss President Trump’s two toughest trade demands, when American negotiators arrive in Beijing this week. The Chinese feel their economy has become big enough to stand up to the Americans, and force Washington to escalate the dispute, or back down.
Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton has accused title rival Sebastian Vettel of breaking rules during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver said Vettel drove dangerously by slowing down and speeding up repeatedly behind the safety car. He said he would be seeking clarification on what was allowed before the next race in Spain.
And Red Bull have begun formal talks with Honda about the possibility of becoming their engine partner in 2019. Honda’s motorsport chief told the F1 website, that the talks were positive, and a good starting point for a potential future.
Football - Liverpool supporters travelling to Rome for tomorrow night’s second leg Champions League match, have been warned they are at high risk of being attacked. It follows violence outside Anfield before last week’s first leg, which left a Liverpool fan in a critical condition in hospital, and two Italian fans arrested. Liverpool have told their supporters, not to walk to the stadium in Rome, under any circumstances.
Rugby - Gloucester have made their third signing for the 2018-19 season, by recruiting South Africa back-rower Jaco Kriel on an undisclosed-length deal. It follows fellow South Africa hooker Franco Marais who is also moving to the club, with Gloucester saying that more signings are to be announced.