Lunchtime News update Monday 18th May 2020

Parents take legal action against Timone hospital in Marseille - The father of a 9-year-old boy who died on May 8th at La Timone hospital in Marseille has filed legal action.

On May 2nd, following a previous visit a few days early to A&E where the patients was given antibiotics, his condition got worse and the young boy was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit of Timone where he was diagnosis of Kawasaki disease. A blood test showed that the child has been "in contact" with the coronavirus in the previous weeks, without developing the symptoms.

The boy’s father argues that his death could have perhaps been avoided if had been admitted to hospital the first time.

The parents will file a complaint against the hospital in La Timone.

Back to school - It’s back to school today for some college students.  150,000 young people from 6eme and 5eme in green zones are to resume lessons.

Wearing a mask will be compulsory for all middle school students, as announced by Edouard Philippe on April 28th. Teachers will also need to be equipped.

In addition, according to the health rules, parents will have to take their child's temperature before attending lessons.

Press - The agency and broadcasting company (SAD) of Marseille, a subsidiary of the Presstalis group, has gone into liquidation with 134 jobs being cut.

With unions continuing strike action which began on May 11th more than 4,000 publications , from national and regional press and magazines, have not been distributed in Marseille, Toulon, Fréjus and Avignon with the entire Bouches-du-Rhône department being affected.

Local elections in France - Thirty-six French mayors, including Paris' Anne Hidalgo, have urged the French government to hold the second round of local elections in June. Thousands of municipalities across France are still waiting to elect their local representatives in a vote delayed by the coronavirus lockdown.

The group, which includes mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and Martine Vassal mayor of Marseille, said that “democracy can't remain locked down any longer," adding that "millions of French people are waiting to elect their mayor, to establish a municipality capable of making crucial decisions for our schools, our transport, our jobs,"

Princess Charlene Foundation - The Princess Charlene Foundation has welcomed cyclist Peter Sagan as one of its ambassadors.

The Slovak rider, a member of the German BORA-hansgrohe team, is one of the cyclists of his generation, who has totalled 113 professional victories.

President of the Haute de France region refuses to take mask o