Clashes - School students have clashed with police in Paris during a demonstration against both candidates in the 7 May French presidential election. Glasses and smoke bombs were thrown at police on Paris's Place de la République on Thursday as several hundred school students staged a "Neither Marine, nor Macron" demonstration. Meanwhile, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen gave her first big rally of the second round in Nice during which she accused Mr Macron, a former banker, of being the candidate of the "oligarch class" whose idea of France was a space where "everything can be bought and sold".
Strike - Around thirty protestors from various hospital services in the region have gathered outside the Nice hospital in Cimiez in protest against working conditions. Protestors gathered on Thursday as part of a movement organized by the hospital workers union to prevent the closing of some services and downsizing.
Christian Estrosi - The President of the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region Christian Estrosi has called for Republican activists and executives to make a responsible choice and vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of voting on the 7th May. In a letter addressed to the Republican militants Estrosi declared “Our country is in danger”.
Roman Polanski - The organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have announced that Roman Polanski’s new film is to be screened at this year’s Festival. The French-Polish director decided to stand down from presenting this year’s Ceasar awards in Paris in February after being strongly criticised by feminists in relation to his legal problems concerning child abuse in the US.
Bus Strike - The bus services in Toulon will continue to be disrupted today due to strike action. Drivers called the strike on Wednesday in protest against working condition and pay.
Réunion - Two police officers have been slightly wounded by a man suspected of Islamist sympathies on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion. The man fired on the police on Thursday morning with a hunting rifle. The police "responded" and "overpowered the assailant", whose life is not in danger, according to the local police authority.
Vineyards - Sharp spring frosts are damaging production in some of France’s most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, posing a threat to growers’ incomes. Vineyards have reported that temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, to sometimes below -7 degrees forcing some to use candles, and heaters to try to save crops.
The parent company of Google,Alphabet has posted a surge in profit and revenue as its core advertising business continued to rise. First quarter profit at the firm beat Wall Street estimates,increasing by 29 percent to 5.43 billion dollars. Analysts say that for a company so large,Alphabet’s performance is extraordinary. Google,like Facebook has been aggressively shifting the focus of its business to mobile advertising.The two firms accounted for 99 percent of the growth in digital advertising last year. Shares in Alphabet rose by 2.8 percent on Thursday to 916 dollars 80.
The president of the European Central Bank has said that the economic recovery in the eurozone is “increasingly solid” and faces fewer risks. Mario Draghi says that the recovery has been helped by higher consumer spending,wage growth and a global economic rebound. Economic confidence is at its highest level since the eurozone debt crisis but inflation continues to miss the ECB’s target. Mr Draghi cautioned that while the signs were good,inflation in the 19 nation bloc was still not high enough to raise interest rates.The Bank kept rates on hold again yesterday and voted not to change its bond-buying stimulus programme.
And-Airbus has reported a 52 percent drop in first quarter profit as technical problems continued to hit revenue. The company has been experiencing a raft of problems with its A400M military jet while technical difficulties with engines for its new A320 neo plane are still to be resolved. First quarter profit fell to just 240 million euros although total revenues for the period between January and the end of March did rise by 7 percent to 13 billion euros.
Football-The big derby game in the English Premier League last night ended Manchester City 0 Manchester United 0. The match was marred by the red card shown to United’s Maroune Fellaini who was sent off for headbutting Sergio Aguero but United will be the happier of the two with the point as it takes their unbeaten league run to 24 games.
In the English Premier League this weekend. On Saturday Southampton play Hull.Stoke host West Ham.Sunderland play Bournemouth.West Brom play Leicester and Crystal Palace play Burnley. On Sunday Manchester United host Swansea.Everton play Chelsea.Middlesbrough are at home to Manchester City and Spurs play Arsenal. Watford play Liverpool on Monday.
Boxing-The most eagerly anticipated heavyweight title fight in years takes place at Wembley Stadium tomorrow night as Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua meets Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF and WBA belts. The two fighters have been mainly cordial to each other in the run-up to the fight but on Thursday Joshua challenged Klitschko to “stand up to the power” after the Ukrainian branded him as being only a “puncher”. At 41,Klitschko is entering his 29th world title fight and some have speculated that he may not be able to live with Joshua’s speed and age.
Formula 1-First practice takes place for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi at 10am this morning as the season moves to Europe and the battle resumes between Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship. The Ferrari driver leads his Mercedes rival by 7 points going into the race with Ferrari thought to have the better race trim although Mercedes have dominated in qualifying. Second practice is at 2pm this afternoon with qualifying at 2pm on Saturday and the race at 2pm on Sunday.
Rugby Union-There are two games in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Harlequins play Wasps and Newcastle host Worcester. In the Guinness Pro 12 Cardiff Blues play Zebre.Edinburgh host Newport Gwent Dragons and Leinster play Glasgow.
Tennis-Maria Sharapova has made it two wins out of two since her return from an 18 month drugs ban. The former world number one beat Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 6-1 in the Stuttgart Open in just 1 hour 20 minutes.She’ll now play the Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit in the last 8.
Clear skies with moderate to strong west,south westerly winds.
Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.
Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with clear skies and the wind dropping.
The weekend-Fine and sunny tomorrow,partially cloudy on Sunday.Highs of 17-20 degrees.
A giant shark has been caught off the coast of Britain. Weighing 500lbs, the 9ft shark is one of the biggest ever caught off British waters.
The female porbeagle was pulled onto a boat off Hartland Point in Devon last Friday. Dan Hawkins from Reel Deal Chartered said it was caught by Shaun Collins-Lyndsay and it took nearly two hours to reel it in with the help of other crew members.
And the experienced skipper estimated the monster nine-foot long fish could have weighed around 500Ilbs – or 36 stones – making it one of the biggest ever caught.
Porbeagles are related to great white sharks and there has been a spate of catches off Britain this year.