This week a British election, a French election and more!
1. Theresa May calls snap election
The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called for an early election to be held on 8 June. She said, “I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election.”. May explained that she needed an election to increase her majority, because other parties are opposed to her plans for Brexit. If you are over 18, then register to vote here by 22 May. The General Election will be held on 8 June.
2. French election in full swing
In other election news, the French general election is underway. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have won the first round and will take park in the final round on 7 May. Le Pen is the leader of the Front National (FN) and secured 21.6% of the vote. Macron took the first round with 23.8%. In the latest polls, Macron is the clear favourite to win the run-off.
3. Police officer killed in shooting
A French policeman has been killed and two wounded in a shooting in central Paris. At around 9pm on Thursday 20 April, the shooter, identified as Karim Cheurfi, opened fire on a police van on the Champs Élysées. Cheurfi, who was shot dead by police, was known to the police. He had a criminal record, including a twelve-year prison sentence for shooting two police officers.
4. Club runner finishes London Marathon as fastest Brit
The London Marathon 2017 took place on Sunday, and more than 40,000 people took part in the 26.2-mile run around the country’s capital. Amongst the competitors was Welsh club runner, Josh Griffiths. He stunned the elite men, finishing in just 2 hours 12 minutes and 49 seconds, qualifying for the World Championships in the summer. He said, “”The crowd was amazing and carried me to the finish line.”.
5. Bath fire causes disruption
A fire in a flat in Bath brought disruption to the city centre on Sunday. The incident, which happened just before 1pm, forced roads to close off and affect some bus services. Avon Fire and Rescue said no-one was injured and that the cause of the blaze was not yet known. Roads were opened again at 3:30.